National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering)

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CertificatePart time - 18 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$2,240 - $3,060


February, July


This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Please enquire about a new programme that replaces this

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Ensors Road


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

You will graduate as a completely capable and qualified technician with our certificate giving you in-depth automotive training.

This programme provides the skills and knowledge required to work as a technician in the automotive industry, undertaking 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.

You must have access to a computer and the internet to complete this programme.

In order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in an industry-related work environment.

Please note: This programme includes an apprenticeship.

Career opportunities

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

Study pathways

Study pathways include the National certificate in Motor Industry (Advanced Technical) (Level 5) with strands in automotive electrical and mechanical, and collision repair.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 132 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
  • You must have completed the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 3) Light Vehicle Strand prior to enrolling in this programme. English requirements may also apply (see below).

Alternative requirements
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: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

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

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

Application documents

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.