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Important information about examinations, including eligibility, is contained in the Examination Information Booklet below. Click here to see our policies.

Special conditions for examinations

Information about applications for special conditions for examinations (such as extra time allowance, special assistance or alternative venues in New Zealand) is contained in the guide below.

June 2017 examinations

Examination results will be posted (or couriered) out on 10 August.

November 2017 examinations

Enrolments for the November 2017 examinations are open and will close on 30 September 2017.

Applications must be post-marked no later than 30 September 2017 or hand-delivered at the Board's office no later than 5pm on Friday 29 September 2017. Online enrolment for certifying examinations will close at 5pm on Saturday 30 September.


Certifying examination candidates: Note you can complete your enrolment online through your PGDB trade login. Log in and simply follow the step-by-step examinations wizard on your Welcome page.

Important information about examinations, including eligibility, is contained in the Examination information booklet above in this page.


Date Time Examination
Saturday 4 November 2017
9197 Tradesman Drainlayer
9198 Certifying Drainlayer
Saturday 11 November 2017 9.30am
9192 Tradesman Plumber
9195 Certifying Plumber
Saturday 18 November 2017 9.30am
9193 Tradesman Gasfitter
9196 Certifying Gasfitter


  • Whangarei - Northland Polytechnic, Raumanga Campus
  • Auckland - Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara Road North Campus
  • Hamilton - Waikato Institute of Technology, City Campus
  • Rotorua - Waiariki Institute of Technology
  • New Plymouth - Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
  • Napier - Eastern Institute of Technology
  • Palmerston North - Universal College of Learning
  • Wellington - Weltec, Petone Campus
  • Nelson - Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
  • Christchurch - Ara Institute of Canterbury, Madras Street Campus
  • Dunedin - Otago Polytechnic
  • Invercargill - Southern Institute of Technology

Open book resources for November 2017

The documents that will be provided with each of the examinations in this round will be published in early October 2017.

Documents are provided in their entirety, i.e. the whole AS/NZS 3500 Part 2: Sanitary plumbing and drainage, and candidates are not allowed to take their own copies into the examinations.

Note that even though the examinations have an open book component, closed book and trade knowledge questions are still included.

Certifying examinations

Those who have already passed the common examination, but not yet the technical examination(s) 9195 and/or 9196 by 2012, will be required to sit the new amalgamated examinations.

At its meeting on 6 December 2011, the Board agreed that the Examination Guides for certifying examinations were to be revised to amalgamate the contents of the common examination (9194) into the technical examinations. This has been completed and the revised guides are available here.

Those who have already passed the technical examination(s) 9195 and/or 9196 before 2012, but not the common examination, will be required to complete a competence programme. The Registrar has determined that the competence programme to be accepted in lieu of the 9194 certifying common examination is the Workplace Responsibilities course provided by Top Drawer Training. For more information about the course and how to enrol, please contact Top Drawer Training directly.

Further assistance

If you require further assistance and/or have questions about the Board's examinations please contact the Board's Manager of Examinations and CPD, José Gómez, on 0800 743 262 (+64 4 494 2970 from overseas) or

Contact the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board

Phone: 0800 743 262, Email:, Post: PO Box 10655, The Terrace, Wellington 6143
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