New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory.xml New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory

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New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory

CertificateFull-time, 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$2,850 - $3,780


February, July


This programme is not available to international students



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


Gain the knowledge and skills required to start an apprenticeship in the electrical industry.

If you wish to enter the electrical industry but you don't yet have an electrical apprenticeship agreement, this programme will provide you with pre-entry foundation knowledge of electrical engineering.

You'll learn about the electrical industry with an introduction to safe electrical installation practices, testing, commissioning and servicing of electrical installations and equipment. You'll also learn about fault diagnosis and testing techniques of electrical systems and equipment, and about the installation and maintenance of electrical machines and electrical in special electrical situations.

Career opportunities

Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems and equipment. The chances of getting a job as an electrician are good due to the construction boom and a shortage of suitable workers in a variety of different fields and locations.

Study pathways

Following this programme, your study options include the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) Level 4, the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) or the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • General 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
  • NCEA Level 1 including:
    10 Literacy credits


    10 Numeracy credits


    10 General Science credits

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

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
  • In addition, you need to:

    • Declare whether you have ever been refused enrolment or registration or been subject to disciplinary investigation by a regulatory authority in New Zealand or overseas.

    Additional Information:

    • We recommend that you review the requirements for registration published by the Electrical Workers Registration Board.
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

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.