New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)

Napier - 25 July 2022


Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 3
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: In-Person Learning
32 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
7 April 2023

This qualification is designed for learners who want to gain the foundational knowledge and skills of electrical engineering, including basic practical skills like wiring a sleep-out and drawing electrical diagrams. This programme provides learners with the tools to secure an Electricity Supply Electrical Apprenticeship, Industrial Electrical Apprenticeship, or as a pathway into further study to become a qualified electrician.

This hands-on 32-week programme sets you up to enter the electrical industry as an entry-level employee.

Land a job as Electricity Supply Electrical Apprentice or an Industrial Electrical Apprentice or pathway into further study and become a qualified electrician. The course is pre-entry foundation knowledge of electrical engineering and is suitable for those who wish to enter the industry and who do not yet have electrical apprenticeship agreement.

In this course you’ll get to wire a sleepout, work on a two bedroom house, can carry out a limited range of prescribed electrical work safely and ethically under general supervision of a licensed and registered electrician. This programme is delivered at NZMA's Trades Campus.

58 Ford Road, Onekawa, Napier 4142

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New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)
  • Hold NCEA Level 1 in Maths, English, Physics or General Science, or equivalent, or have completed the Vocational Pathway in Construction and Infrastructure (Level 2) or equivalent.

  • Meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA Entry Assessment

  • If English is not your first language, you need IELTS 5.0 or above in all bands, or the equivalent*. *Other English Tests / evidence may be approved as advised by NZQA

All our Trades courses and some Health courses are now free because they are focused on areas that are important for the New Zealand economy, and are part of the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Find out more here.

If you’re Māori or Pasifika and aged 16-40, you might be able to get a scholarship to pay your course fees. This course is also part of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) programme. You’ll also get one-on-one career coaching, help finding work, and other learner support. You can apply for the MPTT scholarship once you’ve enrolled in your course. Ask NZMA to help apply.

The first year of this course's fees are free when this is your first year of study. Ask NZMA to help or find out more here.

If you meet certain conditions you can get a student loan and allowances. Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit

The cost can be different depending on the subject and duration of the course. View the course cost for New Zealand students here.


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