Electrical Inspector

Are you a registered electrician who wants to work as a qualified electrical inspector? This course will open up new opportunities for you, increasing your skills and earnings by working as a qualified inspector, examining electrical systems to confirm that they are safe and usable.

The classes offer a mix of theoretical and practical knowledge focusing on legal responsibilities, inspection procedures, safety regulations, protection testing and the recording of results. The Christchurch rebuild and a booming construction industry across other regions like Auckland and the Bay of Plenty, is driving the demand for more electrical inspectors.

Content Details

You'll cover the visual, physical and instrumental testing of installations across a range of specialised and hazardous areas. You’ll visit a variety of sites (e.g. the meat works, a motor camp and a marina) to gain practical inspection experience.

This course develops all the skills you need to pass the essential Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) examination, which is required for you to work as a qualified electrical inspector.

Topics include:

  • Knowledge and application of current electrical legislation, standards, and codes of practice
  • Use of electrical test instruments for inspection purposes
  • Inspection of electrical installations
  • Recording of inspection results

Theory Examination

The Electrical Inspector Theory examination is an ‘open-book’ examination.  The EWRB will post the list of material required for the examination on their website.  Please check their website for this information.  A tutor will be available at the start of the exam to check the material you have brought with you. You are allowed to use a calculator.


Planned intakes*: Flexible
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: 1 semester

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Classes tend to be on Monday evenings from 5.30-9.00pm and on one full Saturday (to be negotiated).

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $1,025.00

2018 international students $1,230.00

Note this part-time programme is NOT eligible for the payment of Student Loans or Allowances

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 unit standards towards registration as an Electrical Inspector.

Career Opportunities

The increasing number of domestic electrical appliances is increasing the number of household electrical systems that are being revamped and need a new certificate of compliance. It’s not just buildings either. One of the other roles electrical inspectors perform is the provision of electrical warrant of fitness certification for mobile homes and caravans which will be connected to the 230 volt supply system.

Potential Employers

  • Self-employed Electrical Inspector
  • Large Electrical Companies

Entry Criteria

The minimum requirements for entry to this programme are:  

  • EWRB or Qualified Engineer Registration Certificate (see note)
  • Current practising licence

Note: For Electrical Inspector Registration, there is a requirement that you will have 3 years experience following EWRB Electrician Registration.