New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills - Introduction to Automotive and Engineering.xml New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills - Introduction to Automotive and Engineering

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CertificateFull time – 6 Months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code




February, July




Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road, Timaru


Take the first steps towards a career in the automotive industry or engineering trades.

Youth Guarantee programmes are a great way to learn practical skills and gain a qualification. You can apply for these options if you're 16 to 19 years of age and no longer at school, or if you're planning on leaving school

Apply and gain hands on skills in MIG welding, Collision Repair, machine and hand tool operation, general engineering tasks, balance and fit road wheels.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 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
  • If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and are between 16 to 19 years old, you can apply to study regardless of the qualifications you've achieved at school.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • A Youth Guarantee application form

Application documents

Career opportunities

Further study can lead to employment in the engineering or automotive trades industries.

Study pathways

On completion of this programme you will have the opportunity to specialise in either Automotive Trades or Engineering. On successful completion of this programme you can continue with further study including:

  • National Certificate in Automotive Level 3 (NC1421)
  • Certificate in Engineering (Fabrication) Level 3 (CH3879)
  • Certificate in Engineering (Welding and Structural Steel) Level 3 (CH3941)
  • Certificate in General Engineering Level 3 (CH3962)
  • National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Body) (Collision Repair or Refinishing) Level 3