New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Electrical).xml New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Electrical)

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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Electrical)

DiplomaFull-time, 2 years | Part-time up to 5 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$5,800 - $6,500







Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


Explore the engineering principles and practices required to design and develop electrical infrastructure.

Designed by industry in 2010 to meet the needs of the New Zealand engineering sector, this national qualification includes core and elective courses focused on the design and implementation of engineering technology.

You'll gain a solid grounding in engineering theory and principles of engineering science, including basic design and drawing, mathematics and communication skills. It will also equip you with sound thinking and problem solving abilities.

Your electives will take you deeper into the practices of your chosen industry, providing you with hands-on knowledge and technical expertise specific to the field. Working closely with professional engineers you'll apply current and emerging technologies in new situations.

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 Diploma you are required to complete 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
  • NCEA L2 which must include 12 credits in literacy level 1 or above and 12 credits in mathematics (including algebra, calculus and geometry) level 2 or above

    OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparations (New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Pathway) Level 4 or equivalent

    OR If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

    Pending approval by NZQA

Alternative requirements
  • Equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge)


    equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience

Additional requirements
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:

  • an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application 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

It is expected that as a graduate, you will possess the educational underpinnings and work-ready attributes defined in the IPENZ Graduate Profile for Engineering Technicians.

The graduate profile is benchmarked internationally to the exemplar graduate attributes for graduates of engineering technician programmes recognised under the Dublin Accord. As such, your qualification can be recognised on the international stage by all accord member countries.

Study pathways

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering provides a pathway to the Bachelor of Engineering Technology with established cross-crediting arrangements.

Graduates can also benefit from the Diploma in Computer Aided Design.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Calculus , Algebra, Trigonometry