New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4)


Dunedin and in your workplace

Four years while in an apprenticeship

You will be expected to attend a weekly night class, additional two-week block courses over three years, and to undertake some self-directed study in conjunction with your apprenticeship

February and July
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  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    1 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 July 2021

Gain the skills and knowledge to work independently as a commercially competent electrician. 

This programme is studied in conjunction with an apprenticeship so is ideal for candidates who are training in the workplace and want to earn while they learn.  

It includes the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) electrical theory and regulations exams which is required for registration as an electrician. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to apply to the EWRB for registration. 

Once registered and licenced, you will be able to supervise other electrical workers up to and including your licence class. Roles may include an Electricity Supply Electrician, Domestic/Commercial Electrician, Industrial Electrician or Appliance Service person.  

This Level 4 qualification also provides a pathway into the Electrical strand of our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering if you wish to advance your training and expand your employment options. Further study could lead to employment in management roles and in electrical engineering.  

By studying this programme at Otago Polytechnic in conjunction with your apprenticeship, you will gain access to our cutting-edge workshop and training facilities. In addition, you will be trained by lecturers who are Registered Electricians with significant industry experience as well as on-the-job learning.  

Entry requirements 
Those under 20
  • NCEA Level 2 in Maths, English, and Physics or General Science, or New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3), or equivalent.
  • Special entry: In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme where they supply evidence of their ability to succeed on the programme.
Those 20 and over
  • No academic entry requirements.  

Alternative requirements

Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.  

Additional requirements 

To successfully complete this programme, you must be employed in the electrical industry at the time of study. You must enter a three-way training agreement between yourself, your employer and Otago Polytechnic. 

English Language requirements

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes

Your workload 


You will be expected to attend a weekly, three-hour hour night class during term time. There will also be an additional two-week block courses per year during your apprenticeship.

Additional self-directed study hours (of up to nine hours per week) may be required to complete this qualification.  

Further study options 

To expand your knowledge and career options, undertake our New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)

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