Programme overview

The Certificate in Applied Technology (Electronics Engineering) helps you develop your understanding of analogue, digital and computer electronics. Learn to design combinational circuits using programmable logic devices, and further your knowledge of analogue and digital circuit theory and their practical applications. Become competent in CAD, PLC and C++ programming, as well as MultiSim circuit simulation software.


  • Emphasis on hands-on learning: you get to hone your electronics engineering skills using the latest electrical equipment.
  • As part of the programme you cover the theory and practical off-job requirements toward registration as an Electrical Appliance Serviceperson under the Electricity Act.
  • Cross-credits towards your electronic apprenticeship.

What next?

Once you've completed this programme you can apply for cross-credits towards unit standards from the National Certificate in Electronic Engineering, and start your apprenticeship. Work alongside an industry employer to complete all remaining unit standards and Electrical Workers Registration Board work experience hours to gain the Electrical Appliance Serviceperson registration.

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. 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.

    English language requirements for international students

    Applicants must have at least ONE of the following:

    1. Gained NCEA level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements;
    2. Clear evidence that they satisfy one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency:
      1. Previous primary and secondary study in English as evidenced by completion of one of the following at schools using English as the language of instruction:
        • Completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13); OR
        • Completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)
      2. Previous tertiary study in English: clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.
      3. Achievement of the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
    3. Achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:
      1. NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (General / Workplace / Academic) (Level 3);
      2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. The IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form;
      3. An overall TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 530 (essay 4.5 TWE) OR an overall TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 46 (writing 20);
      4. 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;
      5. Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 42;
      6. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 42.

    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.

    Electrical Fundamentals A (ETEC3821) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop understanding, skills and professional practice in AC & DC circuits and work safely and effectively to Electrical Service Technician ’A’ theory and practice standards.
    Computer Concepts (ETEC3826) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to gain knowledge and skills in computer systems and sub-systems.
    Signal Transmission Principles (ETEC4823) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of radio, TV and other transmission and reception circuits.
    Analogue Electronics (ETEC4824) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of fundamental DC and AC circuit theory and analogue electronics principles and their applications
    Digital Logic (ETEC4825) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop knowledge and skills in digital electronic circuits and PLC hardware.
    Advanced Digital Electronics (ETEC4826) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To further the student?s knowledge and skills in digital systems and sub-systems.
    CAD and PCB Design (ETEC4828) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop CAD skills to operate CAD software to design printed circuit board (PCB) layout and electronic circuit schematics.
    Programming (ETEC4829) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain an understanding of computer programme design and write programmes in an engineering computer language.