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Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering

Equip yourself with the in-depth skills needed to work as an auto technician.

This programme, which includes an apprenticeship, provides the skills and knowledge required to undertake diagnostics and complex repair work at an intermediate to advanced level. It also covers the areas of customer interaction including scheduling work and completing quotations for jobs.

Please note: in order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in an industry-related work environment. Part-time up to 5 years.

NZ3097 New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

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

In addition, you need to Be employed as a managed apprentice in a light automotive engineering workshop, which is operating at a commercially acceptable industry standard.

  • You must enter into a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.
  • A current Class 1 Driver Licence.

Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry.

  • This may include Recognition of Prior Learning. Contact Ara for advice.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

This nationally recognised qualification enables you to apply for technician positions in specialist auto electrical businesses, or in mechanical repair workshops that undertake a wider scope of work.

Study pathways

Further study options include the Level 5 (Advanced) New Zealand certificate with strands in automotive, electrical and mechanical, and collision repair.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics

New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)

PART-TIME - 3 Years

Equip yourself with the in-depth skills needed to work as an auto technician.

Information
Type Certificate
Code NZ3450
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 200
Level 4
Available Part time Yes
Reference NZ3450-STRU
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition, you need to Be employed as a managed apprentice in a light automotive engineering workshop, which is operating at a commercially acceptable industry standard.

  • You must enter into a 3-way training agreement between the candidate, employer and Ara.
  • A current Class 1 Driver Licence.

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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.

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