Programme overview

If you've already entered into an apprenticeship arrangement with an employer, you can further your understanding of vehicle electrics with the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical Engineering). If you have successfully completed theNational Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills) or the Certificate in Applied Technology (Automotive Engineering), you can progress into this programme, gaining cross-credits towards the national certificate qualification.

Note: The last date to complete the requirements to gain this qualification is 31 December 2020. This programme will soon be replaced by the following programmes:


  • A supportive and structured learning environment.
  • Experienced lecturers who are experts in the automotive electrical and electronics area.
  • Flexible study options: to make it easy for you to combine study with your apprenticeship, you study the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical Engineering) on a part-time basis. You attend evening classes at Unitec one or two nights per week while completing all practical components in your workplace.
  • We work with your workplace to ensure your learning is supported on site.
  • Start at any date that suits you between February - November (inclusive).


Once you've successfully completed this programme you'll receive a National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical Engineering).

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in two different subjects, one subject must be English
2. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
3. A minimum of four years secondary education
4. Be employed in the Automotive Industry
5. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 2 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For information on unit standards required for this programme, please email Duncan Wales at or call on +64 9 815 4339 or +64 274 361 223.