WOF inspectors training course



Two and a half days

On campus in A block

5 - 7 July 2022
Now by emailing EngTrades@op.ac.nz

Are you a mechanic who wants to become a WOF inspector? 

This new course is designed to train staff to carry out the vehicle inspection process correctly and to gain a firm grasp of the inspection requirements. Participants will also learn how to navigate their way around the NZTA Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM). 

With 50/50 theory and practical, this course will prepare you for the inspector exam, including a mock exam paper. 

Upon successful completion, you will receive an Otago Polytechnic Certificate of Attendance.

Please note: there are additional requirements to become a vehicle inspector. You will need to refer to the NZTA Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM) for full details on the eligibility criteria for vehicle inspectors. Completing the Otago Polytechnic training course does not guarantee an individual will be approved by NZTA.   

Course schedule 

Day one - Tues 5 July

8.00am - 4.30pm: blended learning (theory and practical) 

Day two - Wed 6 July

8.00am - 4.30pm: blended learning (theory and practical) 

Day three - Thurs 7 July

8.00am - 10.00am: theory revision

10.30am - 12.00pm: Certification Officer from NZTA to officiate the online test

Topics covered
  • Customer service protocols
  • Assessment of vehicle structural integrity
  • Lighting and signalling system
  • Vision requirements 
  • Door and hinged panel 
  • Vehicle interior systems 
  • Brake systems 
  • Steering and suspension 
  • Wheels and tyre exhaust systems 
  • Documentation of inspection. 

You will need to bring personal safety equipment (safety footwear and overalls).  

Applying to NZTA and fee

Each applicant must apply to NZTA before the training and theory testing takes place. Your application fee ($495 plus GST) will cover NZTA costs involved including the practical and oral test that will follow on from training at Otago Polytechnic. 

Application process

1. Email EngTrades@op.ac.nz or phone 03 470 4354 to register your interest.

2.  Apply to NZTA via the normal application process which can be found here: https://vehicleinspection.nzta.govt.nz/applications/vi-applications/wof-vi-application 

3. When completing this application, please ensure you write 'Bulk testing at Otago Polytechnic' on the top.

4. Otago Polytechnic will confirm your place on the course.

For more information

If you have any questions, please email Hamish Miller (hamishm@op.ac.nz)