Certificate in Pre Trade Electrical Engineering.xml Certificate in Pre Trade Electrical Engineering

Qualifications and courses Study options
image of man doing electrical work

CertificateFull time - 42 Weeks, part time – 2 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$2500 - $2900


February, July





Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Ensors Road


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

We cover the study of principles of:

  • electricity and magnetism;
  • capacitors and semiconductors;
  • simple electrical diagrams;
  • simple mathematics and mechanics;
  • simple electrical instruments and measurements;
  • the installation of flexible cords, and soldering of wires and components.
  • the use of safeguards with portable appliances;
  • testing appliances for safety;
  • first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation;
  • electrical safe working practices and safety testing;
  • and basic employment rights and responsibilities.

To ensure you successfully complete this programme, we recommended you have achieved NCEA credits in Level 1 mathematics, preferably including work with formulae. If you feel that you don't have the recommended knowledge, please contact us to discuss possible options.

This programme will directly address the development of your literacy and numeracy skills so that you are able to fully participate as an apprentice and manage your ongoing learning requirements.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 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
  • Because this programme forms a pathway to apprenticeships and work in the industry, and could lead to future registration as an electrician, please note: The Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) may refuse to approve the registration on several grounds including a criminal history within 10 years preceding the application. (Details related to this part of Section 78 of the Electricity Act 2000 will be made available). If you have, or think that you may have a problem with colour blindness, it is advised that you seek further advice from a medical professional as this may affect your future employment in this industry.

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: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you 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 don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

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

Application documents

Career opportunities

This certificate is the first of a series leading to qualifications as an electrician or in switchgear fitting, motor rewinding and repair, industrial measurement and control, electronic security or related trades.

You may use this qualification as a basis to begin work or further study in electrical and related areas.

Study pathways

With this certificate you can apply for work or complete National Certificates in Electrical Engineering at Level 3, 4 and 5. Completion of the National Certificate at Level 4 and registration as an Electrician can take three to four years.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • ICT
  • Technology