Programme overview

This programme is no longer offered except to ITO students (Level 3 and 4). If you have applied for this programme we will contact you about moving to the new and improved New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3).

 

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.

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

      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

      For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

      CoursesCreditsAim
      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).