New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) (Light & Heavy) New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) (Light & Heavy)

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New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) (Light)

CertificateFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 2 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$2,200 - $2,600


February, July




Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Not recommended for International Students


Christchurch - Ensors Road, Timaru


Get your career in automotive engineering off to the best start

This automotive qualification is designed to give you all the fundamental knowledge required to start work in the industry. This is achieved through a combination of the theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on tasks similar to the daily tasks undertaken in the industry.

The programme covers workplace policies, procedures and relevant regulations to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop. You'll learn how to use tools and equipment to complete basic workshop engineering taskts, apply fundamental automotive engineering knowledge to service engines, steering, suspension, brake and driveline systems. You'll also learn how to check the operation of, and perform minor repairs on, electrical and electronic systems.

Career opportunities

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in an entry level position in the automotive industry, where employment and apprenticeships are readily available. It can lead to a number of different fields, for example automotive light, automotive heavy, automotive electrical and automotive motorcycle.

Study pathways

You can follow up this programme and gain further skills with a Level 4 certificate in light automotive engineering, automotive electrical engineering,motorcycle engineering or heavy automotive.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 120 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
  • This programme has open entry. English Language requirements apply.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • In addition, you need to:

    • Be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme.
    • Hold, or be working towards a Class 1 drivers licence.
English requirements
  • 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, Pearson 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.










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

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

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.