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Important information about examinations, including eligibility, is contained in the Examination Information Booklets 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.

Complete the form below to apply for special examination conditions. Note enrolment timeframes specified in the guide above. To apply to sit an examination while overseas, please email and request the relevant form.

To read about the new literacy and numeracy initiative the Board and Literacy Aotearoa are working on check the following InfoBrief article:

Tradesman examinations

Enrolments for tradesman examinations are available through a third-party website. These exams are available throughout the year, but advanced bookings are necessary.

Brief overview of the new online tradesman examinations - InfoBrief article May 2018

To book your tradesman examination:
  1. Register with Aspeq (click here) to create a user under their system. 
  2. Log in to your PGDB trade login, and download your tradesman exam eligibility report. You'll find it on the bottom-right of the Main Menu page.
  3. Once your Aspeq profile has been approved, provide Aspeq with your eligibility report for validation.
  4. Once your eligibility has been validated, you'll be able to book an exam sitting.
Note that the eligibility report will be automatically available for download those holding a current trainee licence. For all other cases, you may need to contact the Board to manually update some details for the report to become available.

If you have any queries about the tradesman exam booking process, please contact the Aspeq team at 04 913 9812 or by email at

June 2019 certifying examinations

Exam results will be couriered out by 10 August 2019.

Note that changes of address need to be notified in writing to (changing your details through your login will not update the exam correspondence details as they are managed independently).

November 2019 certifying examinations

Enrolments will open on 1 August 2019.


Date Time Examination
Saturday 2 November 2019 9.30am
9195 Certifying Plumber
Saturday 9 November 2019 9.30am
9198 Certifying Drainlayer
Saturday 9 November 2019 2pm
9196 Certifying Gasfitter


  • Whangarei - Northland Polytechnic, Raumaga Campus
  • Auckland - Manukau Institute of Technology, Manukau 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 2019

The documents that will be provided with each of the examinations in this round will be published in October 2019.

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 current 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 Helen Mitchell ( or Rick Thomas (

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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