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Programme overview

Do you want to start an apprenticeship in electrical engineering? The Certificate in Applied Technology (Electrical Engineering) gives you a basic understanding of everything electrical, including alternating and direct current (AC/DC), electricity supply, three-phase principles and electricity networks. Learn to test circuits and diagnose faults in electrical equipment, and gain the skills required to repair and test electrical appliances and equipment. Pre-wire, fit-off and test domestic electrical installations, and connect, test and operate electric motors and transformers.


  • Covers the theory and practical off-job requirements for registration as an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson and Electrical Service Technician under the Electricity Act.
  • Cross-credits towards the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration) off-job units of your electrical apprenticeship.
  • Industry-experienced staff who are happy to share their wealth of knowledge with you.

What next?

Once you've completed the Certificate in Applied Technology (Electrical Engineering) you can apply for cross-credits towards the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering, and start your apprenticeship.

Prepare for success

Well-prepared students have the best chance of success in their studies, so we've put together a free online guide so you can refresh and sharpen some of the skills you'll use on this programme.

    Admission requirements

    To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

    Generic Admission Requirements

    General Admission

    All applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the programme's commencement for the semester in which they wish to enrol (or provide a completed Early Release Exemption form).

    For Level 4 Certificate programmes applicants must have a minimum of 4 years secondary education, and a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at Level 1 in each of at least two subjects, OR a pass in two subjects in New Zealand School Certificate, OR Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga (Level 2) in a relevant pathway, OR equivalent.

    Special Admission

    Applicants must have:

    1. Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence; AND
    2. Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

    Discretionary Admission

    In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

    In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant's level of preparedness for study at the required level.

    English Language Admission Requirements

    General English Language requirements
    Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English.

    International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    Applicants must have achieved one of the following:

    1. Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Level 3 with endorsement of either General or Workplace or Academic;
    2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5;
    3. An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 530 (plus essay TWE of 4.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test ) score of 46 (plus writing score of 20);
    4. Level B1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    5. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade C OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 47 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    6. Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 42;
    7. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 42.

    Existing English Language Proficiency
    Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.

    Programme Specific Admission Requirements

    To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

    To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the following requirements in addition to the requirements set out in the Certificate Generic Regulations:

    • Have 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Mathematics. This applies to the following endorsements: Carpentry, Furniture & Cabinetmaking, Plumbing & Gasfitting, Boatbuilding, Marine Engineering Systems, Automotive Engineering, Autotronics and Welding & Fabrication.
    • Have 10 credits at NCEA Level 2 in Mathematics. This applies to the following endorsements: Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Audio-
      Visual Technician.

    A pre-entry diagnostic analysis may be requested to identify any extra support an applicant may require to enter the programme.

    Courses and timetables

    The following courses are valid for 2015. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.