New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3)

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Study Electrical Engineering at NZMA

This hands-on 32-week programme sets you up to enter the electrical industry as an entry-level employee.

Land a job as Electricity Supply Electrical Apprentice or an Industrial Electrical Apprentice or pathway into further study and become a qualified electrician. The course is pre-entry foundation knowledge of electrical engineering and is suitable for those who wish to enter the industry and who do not yet have electrical apprenticeship agreement.

In this course you’ll get to wire a sleepout, work on a two bedroom house, can carry out a limited range of prescribed electrical work safely and ethically under general supervision of a licensed and registered electrician. This programme is delivered at NZMA's Trades Campus.

What will I learn?

  • Basic electrical theory, concepts and trade practice
  • Work safety
  • Legislation, codes of practice and standards
  • Knowledge of NZ electricity supply
  • Basic practical skills required by electricians
  • Drawing and interpreting electrical diagrams
  • Knowledge of electric motors

What qualifications will I gain?

  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory  (Level 3)


Course Costs

New Zealand Students

Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)

As part of the government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF), our Trades courses are now free because they are focused on areas that are important for the New Zealand economy. Find out more here.

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT)

This course is part of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) programme. If you’re Māori or Pasifika and aged 16-40, you might be able to get a scholarship to pay your course fees. You’ll also get one-on-one career coaching, help finding work, and other learner support.  You can enroll in the MPTT programme once you’ve gotten into your course, so ask NZMA about how to apply. 

Student Loans

Student loans and allowances are available if you meet the criteria.
Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit

International Students: 

The New Zealand Government has imposed an international student levy on tuition and course related fees. From 1 January 2019 the levy will be 0.89% of the compulsory tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

  • Hold NCEA Level 1 in Maths, English, Physics or General Science, or equivalent, or have completed the Vocational Pathway in Construction and Infrastructure (Level 2) or equivalent.
  • Meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA Entry Assessment
  • If English is not your first language, you need IELTS 5.0 or above in all bands, or the equivalent*. *Other English Tests / evidence may be approved as advised by NZQA

All our Electrical Engineering courses

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  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3)

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