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Plumbing & Drainlaying


Licensed plumbers and drainlayers install and maintain the pipes, fixtures and fittings that supply water, as well as set up, modify and repair drains for waste removal.  Whether this is on large commercial construction sites or in a residential setting, plumbing and drainlaying is a hands-on trade which requires technical knowledge and logical thinking. 

The trade has a significant shortage of skilled labour, driving demand for qualified tradespeople and heightening future salary potential. Additionally, due to the Christchurch rebuild and Auckland construction boom, employment prospects for plumbers and drainlayers is likely to remain strong. 

An ATT plumbing and drainlaying apprenticeship is structured over 4 years (8,000 hours) of on-the-job work experience with your host business, as well as 12-14 week-long block courses. On completion of the required unit standards you will achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing and Drainlaying. Once licensed, you can further your qualification to become a certified plumber and drainlayer. For more information on certificationship, click here.  

For more information about becoming a plumber & drainlayer and what you can expect to earn once qualified, click here.

Beth Pike

Kumeu Plumbing Ltd

ATT plumbing and drainlaying apprentice Beth Pike, hosted by Kumeu Plumbing, is on the way to completing her apprenticeship. Her days are very busy and each one is very different to the other. “I could be doing anything from plumbing or drainage maintenance, renos or new builds, pumps, roofing or even fire place installs,” says Beth.

The benefits of having a plumbing and draining apprenticeship are plentiful; Beth says she reaps the rewards every day. “Fitness and skills that can be used outside work, being in different places all the time, helping people and even getting a great tan in the summer!” says Beth.

Beth loves giving it her best and being proud of the result. “I enjoy looking at a finished job and admiring it” says Beth.

She appreciates the help she has had along the way. “ATT have been really helpful with keeping myself and my host up to date with all of my block course and correspondence, they are always there for me when I need them,” says Beth.