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New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: 28-February-2022
Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)
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Course details


UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory is a one-year full-time pre-apprenticeship programme with a practical focus that will help get your career started as an electrician or other roles in the electrical industry.

The New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory is one of two entry pathways into the electrical industry and is intended for candidates who do not have an electrical apprenticeship agreement.

Career & Study Outcomes

Education pathway

This qualification provides a pathway to further tertiary study at certificate or diploma level, including UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Engineering.

Career pathway

Graduates of this qualification will, in the context of the wider electrical industry and under supervision and in a controlled environment, be able to:

  • Apply fundamental knowledge and principles of electrical theory and practice, including electrical protection, to the installation and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of fault diagnosis and testing techniques of electrical systems and equipment.
  • Apply safe working procedures and practices, and identify and report electrical and other hazards.
  • Ensure their own activities are within legal limitations of the electrical legislation.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge and principles to the installation and maintenance of electrical machines.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge and principles to the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment in special electrical situations.
  • Work ethically and professionally within the electrical industry, as an electrical apprentice, including maintaining current competency and communicating with stakeholders on electrical and related matters.

Graduates of this qualification will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and attributes to work in apprenticeships in the electrical industry in the field of their choice with guidance, mentoring, and supervision in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992. Examples of roles that this qualification may lead to are:

  • Electricity Supply Electrical Apprentice
  • Domestic/Commercial Electrical Apprentice
  • Industrial Electrical Apprentice
  • An apprenticeship another electrical related sector.

Graduates may also be able to work in areas such as electrical wholesaling or retailing as a counter sales person, or electrical meter readers.

Course Information

  • Electrical Work Practices
  • DC Fundamentals
  • Installation Fundamentals
  • Electrical Applications
  • Electricity Systems
  • Electrical Supply and Distribution
  • Circuit Design and Operation
  • Electrical Machines

Industry Connections

UCOL staff have strong links to the electrical industry and the programme is supported by local electrical contractors so that graduates of this programme are work ready.

Entry criteria

  • NCEA Level 1, 10 credits in each of Mathematics, English, and Physics or General Science; OR
  • Equivalent academic achievement or work experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL - UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). TOEFL (iBT) score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2 with score of 154; no less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; PToE (Academic) score of 36 with no band less than 36.

Under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country). For more details, please visit the institution website.


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