Programme overview

If you're ready to enter into an apprenticeship arrangement with an employer, you can further your understanding of electrical engineering theory with this National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician) - for registration. You'll find out more about electric lighting and motors, electrical appliances and electrical instrumentation. Improve your knowledge of switchboards, wiring and electrical cables, and low and high voltage.

If you’re not entering this programme through an ITO, you must first complete the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3). For any queries about your pathway, please enquire with the Engineering Student Enrolment Manager, Patricia Rood, prood@unitec.ac.nz, (09) 8928 259.

Highlights

  • Covers the off-the-job requirements for registration as an electrician under the Electricity Act 1992
  • A key step towards registration with the Electrical Workers Registration Board
  • Practical experience: using a range of electrical equipment, you learn to conduct repairs and further your knowledge of electrical and electronic fault finding
  • Experienced staff with plenty of hands-on industry experience
  • A mix of evening classes (two nights a week) and block courses
  • If you only want to complete specific unit standards from Level 3 or Level 4 you can start anytime

What next?

To become an electrician you need to complete an apprenticeship and complete the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering – Electrician (Level 4). You will then need to sit and pass examinations for the Electrician class of registration so that you can become registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board and have a current practising licence. 

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

    Level 3

    For this programme, you will need the following:

    1. Successfully completed the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 2), the Unitec Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Level 3) or equivalent
    2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English or equivalent
    3. If English is your second language you will need one or more of the following:

    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic) of no less than 5.5, with no band lower than 5
    • A TOEFL score of no less than 525
    • An equivalent and approved Unitec qualification (see programme regulations)

    10 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Maths or equivalent is recommended.

    Level 4

    For this programme, you will need the following:

    1. Successfully completed the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3)
    2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English or equivalent
    3. If English is your second language you will need one or more of the following:

    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic) of no less than 5.5, with no band lower than 5
    • A TOEFL score of no less than 525
    • An equivalent and approved Unitec qualification (see programme regulations)

    10 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Maths or equivalent is recommended.

    For more information download the programme regulations

    Programme Regulations

    Courses and timetables

    Timetables will be individually emailed to students. If you have any timetable enquiries prior to enrolment, please contact the Engineering Network Selection Manager, Patricia Rood, prood@unitec.ac.nz, 09) 8928 528.