National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration) National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration)

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CertificatePart time – 40 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$166 - $1,100




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Course related costs

$400 approximately



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Ensors Road


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

With this certificate you will complete the final stage towards becoming a qualified electrician prior to your application to the EWRB for registration as an electrician.

You will develop the skills and knowledge of electrical switchboards, lighting, three-phase transformers, programmable logic controllers, semi-conductor power devices as well as AC electric motor control and installation.

Other study includes special electrical installations, industrial process control AC power and power factor and theory for registration of electricians with on the job units related to demonstrating knowledge and applying electrical legislation, codes of practice and standards and demonstrating procedures for examination and testing of electrical installations and describing and using complex electrical instruments.

This programme forms a pathway to apprenticeships and work in the industry and could lead to future registration as an electrician. However, the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) may refuse to approve a registration on several grounds including a criminal history within 10 years preceding the application. This information is detailed in Section 78 of the Electricity Act 2000.

You must supply evidence of employment in the electrical industry or evidence of actively pursuing employment in the industry. Completion of the National Certificate requires all students to be employed in the electrical industry prior to completing their on job units.

You must be able to work in a busy trades-related environment.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 249 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
Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of employment in the electrical industry or evidence of actively pursuing employment in the electrical industry and one of the following: - Certificate in Pre Trade Electrical Engineering (with Practicum) Level 3* - National Certificate in Electrical Engineering Level 3* *According to ETITO policies applicants may be accepted with a minimum of 80% of the Level 3 qualification credits completed with the remainder of the credits subject to second results.

Additional requirements
  • A current training agreement and employment in the 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.

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

Application documents

Career opportunities

This qualification is for you if you want to pursue a career as a registered electrician. The qualification has been designed to prepare you for a productive role in industry, as well as covering the requirements for registration as an electrician under the Electricity Act 1992.

Study pathways

Further study can be undertaken towards the National Certificate in Electrical Engineer Level 5 or at diploma or degree level in the field of electrotechnology.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
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  • Technology