National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical & Mechanical Engineering) Light Vehicle Strand (Level 4)

Working as an apprentice and want the best way to become fully qualified and get to the top of the automotive industry? This flexible part-time programme will do the trick.

Demand for technicians with automotive electrical skills is high, with the government actively seeking overseas workers to meet the skill shortage here. Learn while you earn and future proof yourself with this qualification.

Designed to complement the skills learnt during the Level 3 Certificate, this programme teaches advanced diagnostic skills so apprentices can complete complex light vehicle repairs.

You’ll develop your customer care and workshop management skills, learning to complete the entire process without supervision – from customer need, to diagnosis, to quoting, to completion with a service guarantee.

The beauty of this blended programme is that most of the work can be completed online - any time and anywhere, with students completing their assessments using photographic evidence and job cards from their workplaces.

Our tutors are fully involved in the online process, answering questions, contributing to discussions, and providing feedback and comments on the assignments.

The tutor-student connection is further strengthened during individually tailored day release classes at our Bay Auto campus workshop in Tauranga.

Content Details

Topics covered include:

  • Warranties
  • Quoting and estimates
  • Testing with an oscilloscope
  • Testing, diagnosis and repair
  • Petrol and diesel engine management systems
  • Job costing
  • Common rail diesel faults testing, diagnosis and repair
  • Climate control and supplementary restraint systems
  • Motor vehicle electronic control systems

Computer Requirements

You must have access to a computer (Windows), the internet (Broadband) and be able to do the following:

  • Send and receive emails
  • Access and contribute to the online discussion forum
  • Download documents


Planned intakes*: October
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Blended delivery (online & Tauranga)
Duration: up to 2 years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

This Level 4 managed apprenticeship programme takes up to two years to complete with online research, theory learning and assessments. Practical tasks are predominantly carried out at your place of work with day release on an as-needed basis for specialised tasks.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students Year One $1,410.00

2017 domestic students Year Two $1,410.00

2017 international students Year One $8,400.00

2017 international students Year Two $11,550.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

On successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) (Level 4) Light Vehicle Strand

Career Opportunities

  • Advanced automotive repair technician

Potential employers include:

  • Automotive repair workshops
  • Auto-electrical workshops
  • Motor vehicle dealerships
  • Automotive engineering workshops

Entry Criteria

  • Successful completion of the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) Level 3 Light Vehicle Strand
  • Current NZTA Class 1R driver licence
  • Be employed within the automotive repair industry, where employer suitability has been assessed

Special Admission

Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.