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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)

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2 years
Start date: 28-February-2022
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Learn about the fundamentals of electrical engineering and develop the extensive practical knowledge required to work in the field of power engineering. This programme also leads to EST registration and further opportunity for Electrical Engineer registration with EWRB.

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) is an industry-recognised qualification with a focus on power.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of electrical engineering theory and practice, and you'll develop the knowledge and skills to work as an engineering technician on construction sites and in engineering workplaces. After the first year of study, you will cover the necessary theory requirements to prepare you to sit your EST theory and regulations exam. With additional practical experience you may then apply for your EST registration with the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB). Your NZ Diploma in Engineering qualification will also allow you to pursue the registration as an Electrical Engineer, which will allow you to specify, design and supervise the construction or manufacture of systems and equipment that produce, distribute and/or use electricity. Work includes designing the electrical wiring of a building and doing the work of an electrician.


  • Internationally recognised under the Dublin Accord; this means this qualification is recognised in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and much more
  • Work towards your EST registration and be able to work independently as registered electrical worker - read more about EST in the section below
  • This programme is a nationally developed and internationally recognised engineering qualification
  • Supported by the electrical engineering industry, including the Engineering New Zealand (ENZ)
  • A step towards ENZ membership: completion of the programme, combined with a period of work experience, provides eligibility to apply for membership of ENZ
  • Small classes: the average class size is just 35–60 students
  • Can serve as a pathway into graduate engineering qualifications
  • Focus on real-world learning: observe the day-to-day activities of engineering sites, and take part in lab work, workshops, and debates
  • Visiting industry experts will give you a real feel for the career opportunities available in electrical engineering

Qualification pathway

Once you've successfully completed this programme you'll receive the qualification: New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical). This programme can cross-credit into the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical).

You may gain your EST Registration from the EWRB with successful completion of the EST theory and regulations exam, and with on-job practical experience component (currently 18 month). Upon completing the Diploma, you can also work towards your registration as an Electrical Engineer.


  • Power systems engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical services engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Computer engineer
  • Control systems engineer
  • Telecommunications engineer
  • Robotics/automation engineer

Entry criteria

Entry requirements vary from country to country.
Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to New Zealand NCEA.
For more details, please check the institution website.

Programme specific criteria:

  • Maths equivalent to NCEA Level 2 or equivalent (preferably algebra, calculus or trigonometry).

Be at least 17 years of old when you start this programme

If English is not your first language you need to have Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (no band<5.5) or equivalent. Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.


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