Electrical trades

About electrical trades

Ara is the South Island's largest provider of Electrical Trade and Technician training and we have been offering Electrical Engineering training for more than 30 years. Our Electrical Engineering qualifications start at pre-trade level, giving you the course skills for starting work as a trainee or apprentice, right through to the advanced levels required to apply for national electrical registration.

You can study electrical engineering or electricity supply/power distribution for a career in:
  • Installation and maintenance of electrical wiring in domestic or industrial premises i.e. an electrician
  • Servicing of electrical accessories or equipment in industrial premises
  • Electrical generation
  • Electricity supply/power distribution

Studying electrical trades

The electrical industry is a challenging one requiring analytical and solution focused people. You will be process oriented and have a healthy respect for the potential hazards in your work environment. At Ara, we focus on applied learning, meaning you take your knowledge of electrical theory from the classroom into our workshops, to the buildings in the simulated subdivision (TradeFIT) or onto the Power Distribution Training Rig. We set up work experience and apprenticeship opportunities and make sure your learning is up-to-date from the minute you set foot in your employer's door.

Tutors at Ara are experienced and qualified tradespeople who teach best practice electrical engineering that puts your safety first. Quality electrical work is critical through every stage in the construction process and with our program you gain the skills that the industry needs.

Programmes

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National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration)

Programme code:
NC1195
Level:
4
Credits:
249
Starts:
January

Our comprehensive programme completes the final requirement before you can apply to qualify as registered electrician.

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Certificate in Pre Trade Electrical Engineering

Programme code:
CH3957
Level:
3
Credits:
120
Starts:
February, July

Within this introductory certificate you will gain the essential skills you need for employment and further training in the electrical and related industries.

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New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory

New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory

Programme code:
NZ2387
Level:
3
Credits:
120
Starts:
January

Gain a foundation of knowledge towards a career in electrical engineering.

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Certificate in Pre-Trade Electrical

Programme code:
AO3090
Level:
2
Credits:
60
Starts:
February, July

This is an excellent opportunity to gain basic skills and knowledge prior to gaining an apprenticeship or entering the trade.

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Certificate in Pre Trade High Voltage Electricity Level 3

Programme code:
CH3934
Level:
3
Credits:
120
Starts:
February, August

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to begin a career in the Electricity Supply Industry or use this qualification to apply for an apprenticeship.

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Electrical Engineering

Manufacturing and Technology Vocational Pathway (Electrical Engineering) CTC

Programme code:
NCEP2T
Level:
2
Credits:
45
Starts:
February

Learn basic electrical skills in safe and specialised facilities.

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New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills - Electrical Engineering YG

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills - Electrical Engineering YG

Programme code:
NZ2862
Level:
2
Credits:
60
Starts:
February, July

Take the first steps towards a career in the electrical industries.

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