A drainlayer's work involves installing, altering, and repeating drains, and installing drainlaying sturctures.
Their work plays a crucial role in directing foulwater, stormwater, and other waste away from buildings.
Once you finish your apprenticeship and pass the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board exams, you can apply to become a licensed drainlayer. Your Tradesman Licence gives you the right to work independently as a drainlayer anywhere in New Zealand.
After you've held your Tradesman Licence for two years, you can apply to be a Certifying Drainlayer - this is the highest licence available. Certifying Drainlayers are responsible for making sure that their own work, and the work of anyone they supervise, is done correctly.
As your experience grows, you'll have the opportunity to move up to higher-level roles such as project manager or supervisor.
Many drainlayers go on to start their own business, increasing both their freedom and income. Others move in roles in the wider industry, such as consulting or training.
From 1st January 2018, the cost per week to study drainlaying or a combination of trades is:
Drainlaying on its own - $52 per week (incl GST)
Plumbing & Drainlaying - $54.20 per week (incl GST)
Plumbing, Drainlaying & Gasfitting - $54.20 per week (incl GST)
Block courses are designed to complement your practical learning. They give you a theory-based understanding of your chosen trade.
Block courses are one week in duration. Here's a breakdown of the number of block courses per programme:
Plumbing and Drainlaying: 12-14 block courses
Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying: 15-18
Drainlaying (via training provider): 4-5
Drainlaying (via distance learning): 1-2
Tradies are busy people! Your employer will appreciate having another tradie on board to help out with their list of jobs.
A fresh pair of eyes can really help any business. Your unique attitudes and skills will help expand your employer’s ways of thinking and working.
As your employer trains you up, they’ll stay on top of the latest standards, keeping their business up-to-date with a changing industry.
Like any job, there are some basic skills that are very handy to have before you start as a plumber. These include:
Showing you already have these skills can make a good first impression on potential employers and help you get the job.
But don’t worry if you haven’t mastered all of these yet – most employers will be happy to train you up on any gaps you have.
our CV is probably the most important document in your search for an employer and a job. Make sure you write a CV that showcases your best skills and grabs the employer’s attention. Here are some tips for a winning CV:
Right, you’ve got your CV sorted – now it’s time to find an employer who will offer you a job.
If you think about it, there are heaps of places you can look. Here are some suggestions:
If an employer has said they’re interested in talking to you – well done! Now’s your real chance to impress.
Remember that even the most casual, laid-back trades company is still a business. That means you have to act professional and make a strong first impression if you want the job.
If you have limited experience talking to business owners and managers, here are some quick tips to impress them:
New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying Level 4
New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting Level 4
New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing Level 4