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National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 3) Light Vehicle Strand

CertificateFull time - 1 year plus part time - 18 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$2,000 - $2,600


February, August


This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


Advance your job prospects and scope for getting the apprenticeship you want with our automotive certificate taught by industry experts.

This programme equips you with the skills and knowledge to carry out general service work in an automotive workshop or a service bay with minimal supervision.

Areas covered include basic knowledge and skills in automotive electrics, fuel systems, engines and exhausts; inspecting vehicles for mechanical and electrical faults; fault repair in mechanical and electrical systems; tools and equipment used in the industry; quality control, legislation and industry standards; business responsibilities towards customers; health and safety, communication and self-management.

The programme is provided in two stage: 12 months full time, followed by a further 18 months part time study while employed in the industry.

In order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in an industry-related work environment.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 240 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry, but English language requirements apply.
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • To successfully complete some unit standards in this programme you are required to have a drivers licence (minimum of restricted licence) for the class of vehicle that you are working on.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this national certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

With an automotive apprenticeship you can be a mechanical diagnostics or electronics technician and work with cars every day. You could begin working on cars, trucks or agricultural vehicles, then with specific study move into mechanical or electrical repairs on heavy industrial vehicles for civil contracting and mining companies.

Study pathways

This programme shares some standards in common with other qualifications to provide multiple entry points into the industry and prepares you for further National Certificates in the motor industry.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics