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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 new-build, can carry out a limited range of prescribed electrical work safely and ethically under general supervision of a licensed and registered electrician, and even gain some work experience with an electrical company! This programme is delivered at NZMA Auckland South and some of the practical work is carried out at NZMA’s nearby Mount Wellington 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
  • Communication skills and report writing
  • 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: 

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

• Candidates must have NCEA Level 1 in Maths, English, Physics or General Science, or equivalent.
• Have completed the Vocational Pathway in Construction and Infrastructure (Level 2) or equivalent.
• 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

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