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1 Plumbing & Gasfitting

2 Welcome to Open Polytechnic Whether you are looking to improve your career prospects or just learn something new, we can help you achieve your goal. We specialise in open learning learning that gives you more freedom to decide what you study and where you study. Our courses are specifically designed for delivery by distance, which means you can fit your study around your life. And just because you are learning by distance, it doesn t mean you have to do it alone. You will have access to your tutors and lecturers by or phone and to other students studying the same course through the Online Campus, the student support section of our website. It is our goal to make sure that you enjoy your study and that you succeed. So welcome to learning for today s world, and congratulations on taking up the challenge of further education. Please note that all information contained in this brochure may be subject to change without notice.

3 Contents Your options in Plumbing & Gasfitting 2 Introduction 2 Plumbing & Gasfitting Registration 3 Qualification 3 Qualification structure 3 Entry requirements 3 Assessment 4 Hours of study 4 Certificate of Achievement in Gasfitting Relicensing 4 Qualification 4 Qualification structure 4 Assessment 4 Hours of study 4 Certifying Plumbing & Gasfitting 5 Qualification 5 Qualification structure 5 Entry requirements 5 Assessment 5 Hours of study 5 Enrolment 5 Drainlaying 6 Qualification 6 Entry requirements 6 General Information 7 English language 7 Fees & costs 7 Loans, allowances & other funding 7 Enrolment 7 Learning support 7 New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Record of Achievement 8 Further study 8 Contact us 9 Other useful contact details 9 1

4 Your options in Plumbing & Gasfitting What are my needs? Suggested qualification Level of study Where can I get more information? To prepare for the New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board s registration examinations OP4251 Plumbing & Gasfitting Registration 4 Page 3 To fulfil the New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board s competence-based licensing requirements To prepare for the New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board s Certifying examinations* OP2244 Certificate of Achievement in Gasfitting Relicensing OP5251 Certifying Plumbing & Gasfitting 4 5 Page 4 5 Page 5 To meet the National Certificate in Drainlaying theory requirements NC5438 Drainlaying 3 Page 6 * This qualification is only open to trainees Licensedwith the Plumbing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying and Roofing Industry Training Organisation. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Introduction We offer a number of different plumbing and gasfitting theory qualifications and courses for apprentices, those who have completed an apprenticeship, or working plumbers or gasfitters who need to maintain their licence. Our courses do not cover any of the practical block course components you need to do to become a licensed plumber or gasfitter. However, they do prepare you for the external registration examinations set by the New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (NZPGDB) and are part of the Board s continuing professional development requirements. Please check the completion requirements of a qualification carefully before you enrol. If you have any questions please contact us. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. 2

5 Plumbing & Gasfitting Registration Qualification Code: OP4251 Level: 4 This qualification prepares you to sit the NZPGDB registration examinations. Once you ve passed these exams, and if you meet the other requirements of the New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Regulations 1977, you can get your practising licence to be a licensed plumber or gasfitter and work under the direction of a certifying plumber or certifying gasfitter. Full details of registration requirements are available from the NZPGDB. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Qualification When you pass each course, you will get an Open Polytechnic Certificate of Achievement When you pass both courses, you will get an Open Polytechnic Certificate in Plumbing & Gasfitting Once you have passed 9193, you will have 16 credits for the Gasfitting Relicensing requirements. Qualification structure This qualification has two courses, Plumbing Registration and Gasfitting Registration Plumbing Registration This course prepares you for the NZPGDB plumbing registration exam. It covers: introduction to plumbing; water, metals and plastic; sealants and adhesives; calculating and measuring; pressure, hydrostatics and hydraulics; density and relative density; heat; drawing; legislation; safety, scaffolding and excavations; roofwork; calculations; gas welding, arc welding and gas cutting; hot water supply; solid fuel domestic appliances; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; back flow prevention; cold water; hot water; and foul water systems Gasfitting Registration This course prepares you for the NZPGDB gasfitting registration exam. It covers: water, metals and plastics; sealants and adhesives; calculating and measuring; gas laws, density and relative density; fuel gases, combustion, flames and burners; heat; drawing; installing pipework, testing for soundness; locating and repairing leaks; testing and purging; meters and regulators; combustion, flame failure devices and thermostats; ignition devices and systems; storage water heating; instantaneous gas water heating; ventilation, flues; identifying, selecting, installing and testing flue systems; LPG; installing LPG cylinders; installing regulators and changeover valves; control systems; appliance commissioning; primary and secondary meters; reading meters; and installing and bypassing meters. Entry requirements To enrol for these courses, you need to meet one of the following criteria: Have completed an apprenticeship but not passed the examination (journeyman) Hold a limited certificate for a continuous period of 5 years as per the Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Regulations 1997 Have completed the National Certificate in Plumbing & Gasfitting and have not passed the registration exam Have an overseas qualification and are required by the NZPGDB to sit the registration exam Have been directed by the NZPGDB to sit the registration exam. 3

6 Assessment Each course has two assessments to test your progress and a final assessment with exam-type questions. The results from these assessments do not count towards your examination results, but they give you a good opportunity to practise answering examination questions. The final assessment determines your grade for the course. Examinations Examinations are held in June and November each year. It is your responsibility to enrol for the examinations. You can get enrolment forms from the NZPGDB. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Hours of study You should allow about 330 hours of study for each course. However, the time you need to spend will depend on your existing experience and knowledge. Certificate of Achievement in Gasfitting Relicensing Qualification Code: OP2244 Levels: 4 5 Qualification NZPGDB licensed and certifying gasfitters must gain a minimum of 16 NZPGDB credits per year to continue working in the industry. This requirement can be met through this qualification. We will report all successful completions to the NZPGDB. Qualification structure There are eight technical gasfitting courses for you to choose from. Note: 8 of your 16 credits must be from this subject area. Course Code Title credits 1600 Acts, codes and regulations Purging Testing for soundness Locating and repairing leaks Commissioning Pipe sizing Ventilation Flues Combustion 4 Note: This subject area also includes the courses 9193 Certifying Common (refer to OP4251 Plumbing & Gasfitting Registration on page 3 for more information) and 495C Certifying Gasfitting (refer to the Certifying Plumbing & Gasfitting qualifications information on page 5 for more information). Both of these courses are worth 16 NZPGDB credits. Assessment There is one assessment per course. This must be completed and returned to your tutor for marking. Once you have successfully finished each assessment, we will send you a record of study. Hours of study We recommend you allow around 4 5 hours per course, including time to prepare your assessments. 4

7 Certifying Plumbing & Gasfitting Qualification Code there are three courses in this qualification: OP Certifying Common, OP Certifying Plumbing, OP Certifying Gasfitting Level: 5 Qualification These courses prepare you for the relevant NZPGDB Certifying examinations, held in June and November each year. Qualification structure Certifying Common This course covers: the principles and procedures for legislation, contracts, business establishment, business management, industrial relations, and contract management; principles of natural and mechanical heating and ventilation installations; advanced techniques of workmanship and technology; testing materials and installations; health and safety procedures; planning and drawing interpretation for plumbing and gasfitting work; the work of the building services engineer; and applied science affecting design of plumbing and gasfitting installations as required for registration as a Certifying plumber/gasfitter. Certifying Plumbing This course covers plumbing work with regard to domestic and industrial applications. You will study specialised legislation; standards and the application of these standards; practice and applied technology; and safety related to plumbing at the Certifying registration level. It includes drawing, legislation, roofwork, sanitation, solar water heating, pipe sizing, pumps, heat ventilation, water supply and first aid. Certifying Gasfitting This course covers: legislation and standards; installation science; design and safety; maintenance; industrial controls and electrical circuitry; fault diagnosis; and commissioning procedures required for registration as a Certifying gasfitter. It includes Acts, codes and regulations; low-pressure metering; safety devices; regulators; flow controls; burners; space heating; central heating; flues and pipesizing; combustion and flue-gas analysis; and LPG. Entry requirements These courses are only available to Licensedplumbers and/or Licensedgasfitters or anyone directed by the NZPGDB. Further details on these requirements and an application for registration are available from the NZPGDB. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Assessment Each course includes assessments which you need to complete and return to your tutor for marking. The results from these assessments will not count towards your examination result, but they will give you good practice at answering exam questions. Once you have completed either 9194 or 9196, you will be awarded 16 credits towards the annual gasfitting relicensing requirements. Examination Exams are held in June and November each year. It is your responsibility to enrol for the examinations. You can get enrolment forms from the NZPGDB. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Hours of study Each course takes about 180 hours of study. Enrolment To benefit from this qualification, you should enrol in one course at a time. We accept enrolments throughout the year, so as you finish one course you can enrol in the next one. If you want to enrol in more than one course at a time, please contact us before you enrol. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. 5

8 Drainlaying Qualification Code: NC5438 Level: 3 Qualification This qualification is for people who are already working in drainlaying. The qualification meets the theory requirements for the National Certificate in Drainlaying. For more information about this course contact us. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Entry requirements To enrol for this qualification, you must have a training agreement with the Plumbing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying and Roofing Industry Training Organisation. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. 6

9 General Information English language You need to be able to read and write well in English so you can write your assignments and understand written English course materials. Fees All fee information is available on our website at Administration fee You will need to pay a non-refundable $55 administration fee with your first enrolment in each academic year. Overseas Handling fee If you live overseas you will need to pay an extra, non-refundable international handling charge. The amount of this fee will depend on where you live. The overseas handling fee will be added to your course fees when you enrol. Location Charge per enrolment Australia $50 South Pacific region $70 East Asia and North America $95 Europe $105 Rest of the world $120 Financial assistance We have a fund to help students who are in financial need and have no other options for financial support. Conditions apply. For more information contact us. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. We also offer a range of scholarships to support students. Go to: then go to For Students, then Enrolment and click on Scholarships. Enrolment You may enrol at any time of the year and enrolments are valid for 12 months. For courses that have examinations make sure you allow plenty of time to complete the course and revise adequately before the examinations take place. You can enrol online for most of our courses by going to our website Alternatively, you can enrol by filling out the enclosed Application for Enrolment form and returning it to us in the freepost envelope provided. If you are already studying with us, you can re-enrol by calling us. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Learning support Academic progress We are committed to helping you to achieve your goals. If you feel you are struggling please contact us for advice and help. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Set texts There are no set texts for these courses. Loans, allowances & other funding Student loans and allowances are administered by StudyLink. For information on loans and allowances contact StudyLink. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Training incentive allowance If you are a Work and Income client and you want to study a work-related course, you may be eligible for a training incentive allowance. For more information contact Work and Income. See the last page of this brochure for contact details. Your tutor You will have a tutor for each course you study. Your tutor is there to help you through the course work, make sure you have understood the study material and check your progress. You can contact them on our freephone or by , fax or letter. Their contact details will be in the information we send you when you enrol. Student Handbook The Student Handbook has important and useful information about studying with us. We recommend you read this. We will send you a copy after your enrolment is confirmed. It is also available to view on the Online Campus. Study help When you enrol you will be sent a copy of our study guide. The Learning Support section of our website also has information about the study support and resources we offer. 7

10 Online Campus The Online Campus is the area of our website where you can: Access and submit assignments Link to web pages specific to your course, including frequently asked questions (FAQs), assessment hints, web resources, staff information and sometimes online quizzes and tutorials Communicate with other students in your course and with your lecturer or tutor Access the library. Library We provide a library service for students. There is no additional fee for using it. The library service provides: Online resources Guides on how to search for information A distance lending service with free and fast delivery Information about study techniques. You will find more information in the Student Handbook. New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Record of Achievement Some of the plumbing and gasfitting courses those with a US in their course code are unit standards and are Licensedon the NZQA framework. If you are studying these courses and you are Licensedon the NZQA database, please provide your Record of Achievement number or your national student number on your Application for Enrolment form. If you are not registered, we will arrange this when you have finished your first unit standard. Any unit standards you gain through the year will be added to your Record of Achievement by March of the following year. You can access your Record of Achievement online or you can phone NZQA and ask for a copy of it. To find out more, visit their website or call them on Further study For information on other courses and qualifications available at Open Polytechnic visit our website or contact us. 8

11 Contact us Website: Freephone: Overseas phone: Private Bag Lower Hutt 5040 New Zealand If you have any questions or want to talk over your study options, contact: Plumbing & Gasfitting Programme Leader Freephone: Other useful contact details Plumbing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying and Roofing Industry Training Organisation Website: Phone: Allied Nationwide Finance Tower Level 8, 142 Lambton Quay Wellington 6011 PO Box 9951 Wellington 6141 New Zealand New Zealand Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board Website: Phone: Fax: th Floor, 70 The Terrace, Wellington, PO Box Wellington 6143 StudyLink Website: Phone: Work and Income Website: Phone: NZQA Website: Phone: PO Box 160 Wellington 6140 New Zealand 9

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