Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3)

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New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Pre-Trade (Level 3)
35 weeksBlendedOpen to international studentsFree study options

Our hands-on 35-week programme sets you up to enter the electrical industry as an entry-level employee. You could 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.

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 course is a mix of campus-based study and online learning (on-site hours vary from 12 hours per week, online 8 hours per week, and 14 hours of self-directed learning in your own time).


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  • You will 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



Course start dates

Trades West

Parrs Park, 443 West Coast Road, Oratia, Glen Eden, Auckland 0602

Feb 26, 2024
Mar 11, 2024

Trades South

807 Great South Road, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060

Mar 18, 2024
May 13, 2024
Aug 12, 2024
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