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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 the 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. You'll start your studies at level 2 and progress to level 3 and 4 during the period of training (which takes approximately three years).

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.

Dates and times

  • Level 2 starts on 11 February 2014 and finishes on 20 November 2014. Classes run from 4.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
  • Level 3 starts on 11 February 2014 and finishes on 10 Dec 2014. Classes run from 4.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. One week block course in July and one week block course in December.
  • Level 4 starts on 4 February 2014 and finishes on 10 Dec 2014. Classes run from 4.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. One week block course in July and one week block course in December.

What next?
Once you've completed all unit standards assessments (at levels 2, 3 and 4) and the electrical theory and regulation examinations, you'll be eligible to apply to the Electrical Workers Registration Board. You'll need to complete on-the-job units to become a registered electrician.

    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

      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.

      Note: The General Admission and the English Language requirements in the Certificate Generic Regulations do not apply to this National Certificate programme. All applicants must meet the programme specific requirements.

      Programme Specific Admission Requirements

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

      Level 2

      Academic admission requirements

      Applicants may be admitted to the programme if they:

      1. Are at least 16 years of age on or before the first day of the programme; AND
      2. Have completed three years’ secondary schooling.

      (Note that it is recommended that applicants have a minimum of 10 NCEA credits at Level 1 in Mathematics, or equivalent).

      English language admission requirements

      Applicants may be admitted to the programme if they have a minimum standard of English as follows:

      1. A minimum of 6 NCEA credits at Level 1 in English; OR
      2. A grade of D or better in New Zealand School Certificate in English, or equivalent; OR
      3. An overall IELTS band score (Academic) of no less than 5.0; OR
      4. A TOEFL score of no less than 500; OR
      5. One of the following Unitec qualifications: Certificate Employment Skills English (Office Skills or Computing), or Certificate in Intensive English (Upper Intermediate), or Certificate in English (Upper Intermediate) or equivalent.

       

      Level 3

      Academic admission requirements

      Applicants may be admitted to the programme if they:

      1. Have gained the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 2); OR
      2. Have completed the Unitec Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Level 3), or equivalent.

      (Note that it is recommended that applicants have a minimum of 10 NCEA credits at Level 1 in Mathematics, or equivalent).

      English language admission requirements

      Applicants may be admitted to the programme if they have a minimum standard of English as follows:

      1. A minimum of 8 NCEA credits at Level 1 in English; OR
      2. A grade of D or better in New Zealand School Certificate in English, or equivalent; OR
      3. An overall IELTS band score (Academic) of no less than 5.5, with no band lower than 5.0; OR
      4. A TOEFL score of no less than 525; OR
      5. One of the following Unitec qualifications: Certificate Employment Skills English (Office Skills or Computing), or Certificate in Intensive English (Upper Intermediate), or Certificate in English (Upper Intermediate) or Certificate in English (Employment/Social and Community), or equivalent.

       

      Level 4

      Academic admission requirements

      Applicants may be admitted to the programme if they:

      1. Have gained the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3),

      (Note that it is recommended that applicants have a minimum of 10 NCEA credits at Level 1 in Mathematics, or equivalent).

      English language admission requirements

      Applicants may be admitted to the programme if they have a minimum standard of English as follows:

      1. A minimum of 8 NCEA credits at Level 1 in English; OR
      2. A grade of D or better in New Zealand School Certificate in English, or equivalent; OR
      3. An overall IELTS band score (Academic) of no less than 5.5, with no band lower than 5.0; OR
      4. A TOEFL score of no less than 525; OR
      5. One of the following Unitec qualifications: Certificate Employment Skills English (Office Skills or Computing), or Certificate in Intensive English (Upper Intermediate), or Certificate in English (Upper Intermediate) or Certificate in English (Employment/Social and Community), or equivalent.

       

      Courses and timetables

      The following courses are valid for 2014. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

      CoursesCredits Restrictions
      Unit Standard 15862 (ETECU15862) 3 credits (0.025 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of industrial process control.
      Unit Standard 15864 (ETECU15864) 4 credits (0.033 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of semiconductor power devices.
      Unit Standard 20961 (ETECU20961) 4 credits (0.033 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of special electrical installations.
      Unit Standard 20962 (ETECU20962) 8 credits (0.067 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of a.c. electric motor control and installation.
      Unit Standard 21766 (ETECU21766) 3 credits (0.025 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of theory for registration of electricians.
      Unit Standard 1206 (ETECUS1206) 4 credits (0.033 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of a.c. power and power factor.
      Unit Standard 1702 (ETECUS1702) 8 credits (0.067 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of, and apply electrical legislation, codes of practice, and standards.
      Unit Standard 1710 (ETECUS1710) 3 credits (0.025 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of electric lighting.
      Unit Standard 2017 (ETECUS2017) 2 credits (0.017 EFTS)Describe and use complex electrical instruments.
      Unit Standard 5926 (ETECUS5926) 5 credits (0.042 EFTS)Demonstrate knowledge of programmable logic controllers (PLC).
      CoursesCredits Restrictions
      Industry Electrical Level 4 (ETEC4400) 50 credits (0.417 EFTS)