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Want to become an apprentice?

Congratulations! You've taken the first step in becoming an apprentice.
Here, you'll find all you need to know about starting an apprenticeship – and how Masterlink makes it easy.
First up, what does it take to become a plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying and/or roofing apprentice? 

1. On-job training

An apprenticeship is a mix of on-job and off-job training.
The on-job part is hands-on training with a plumbing firm – and you are paid while you learn.
When looking for a firm to give you on-job experience, a positive, can-do attitude goes a long way. Plumbing firms might also want to see:
• NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 as a minimum achievement, if you're under 20. Preferred subjects are English, Maths, Science and Technology options.
• A good attitude and practical abilities. Some firms are not so fussed about academic achievements as long as you can show you've done your best at school.
• Good references for clues to your attitude and behaviour.
• Proof of your commitment. For example, getting experience while at school through Gateway, Vocational Pathways, practical experience or a pre-trade programme.
• Minimum restricted driving licence and ability to drive manual-shift vehicles.
• Some knowledge of what's involved – our website can help you with this.
Masterlink makes it easy for you by placing apprentices with 'host' plumbing firms.
If you already have a connection with a plumbing firm, that's fine. We can discuss the Masterlink programme with them.

2. Off-job training

The off-job part of your apprenticeship involves attending one-week block courses with a training provider (eg, WelTec, CPIT) to learn and be assessed on your home studies.
There are 12 one-week block courses over the length of a four-year plumbing and gasfitting apprenticeship.
You will be introduced to each new area of learning at block course, and take home a Learning Guide to research and prepare for your next assessment.
Masterlink makes it easy for you by making all your block course travel and accommodation arrangements.
We also set you up with a Masterlink Regional Manager in your region to support you and follow up on your block course progress.

3. Getting qualified

When you have successfully completed your apprenticehip, you receive your National Certificate(s). 
To become a registered plumber, gasfitter and/or drainlayer, you also need to pass the Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Board registration exam(s) at the end of your apprenticeship. More details at

4. Got what it takes?

Still not sure if a plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying or roofing apprenticeship is for you? Why not take our Plumbing Quiz and find out!
If you think you've got what it takes, click HERE to find out how to apply to become a Masterlink apprentice.