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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.

November 2017 examinations

Examination results will be posted out by 31 January 2018. 

Please advise of any change of address to ensure examination correspondence reaches you safely. 

June 2018 examinations

Enrolments for the June 2018 certifying examinations will open on 1 March 2018 and close on 30 April 2018.

Enrolments for the tradesman examinations will be done through a third-party website and will also be available from March 2018.

Information about the new online tradesman examinations available from June 2018



Date Time Examination
Saturday 9 June 2018
9198 Certifying Drainlayer
Saturday 16 June 2018 9.30am
9195 Certifying Plumber
Saturday 23 June 2018 9.30am
9196 Certifying Gasfitter


  • Auckland - Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara Road North Campus
  • Hamilton - Waikato Institute of Technology, City Campus
  • Wellington - Weltec, Petone Campus
  • Christchurch - Ara Institute of Canterbury, Madras Street Campus
  • Dunedin - Otago Polytechnic

Open book resources for June 2018

The documents that will be provided with each of the examinations in this round will be published in May 2018.

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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