A career in plumbing and gasfitting

Plumbing is about a lot more than unblocking toilets. As a plumber and gasfitter you’ll install and repair the systems that supply water and gas or remove waste. You’ll learn how pipes, drains and other fittings are incorporated into a building and how to identify different sources of water. You’ll also need to be safety conscious and understand building regulations and plumbing and gasfitting standards. Great plumbers and gasfitters are accurate, have an eye for detail and communicate well.

“People think plumbing’s just working under the kitchen sink or fixing your toilet. But there’s heaps of different things involved. I really enjoy gasfitting and drainlaying. There’s a lot of physical work and you’re outdoors – it’s a cool job. You’re not stuck in an office and every day’s a new day. You never know what to expect.”
Sam Fihaki

How do I train?

Trades training is flexible. You can:

  • Do a pre-trades programme, then get a job and apprenticeship
  • Get an apprenticeship straight away and study while you work

Many people start with a pre-trades programme at a training institution. This will give you the hands-on experience and theory you need to prepare you for work. If you qualify for one of our scholarships, you can study for free – and we’ll help you find work when you finish.

If you already have experience in the trades or are ready for working life and happy to study while you work, you might look at going straight into an apprenticeship. We can help you make that decision, and we might even know someone who needs an apprentice like you.

How do I fund my training?

There are a few ways to get your fees paid – but they’re not all the same.

Only available to Māori and Pasifika learners, the MPTT scholarship doesn’t just cover your course fees, it gives you the most well-rounded support to get a job in the trades.

Find out how the MPTT scholarship compares to other funding options.