New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)

If you’re tech savvy, love working with vehicles and have a particular interest in electronics, this course will set you up for a rewarding career in the automotive industry.

As vehicles become more hi-tech the industry is desperate for fully qualified electrical engineers who have a passion for diagnosing electrical faults and fixing them. With this qualification you’ll be able to work on a range of light and heavy vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, diggers and forklifts.

You learn how to inspect, trouble shoot and repair the full range of electric and electronic componentry, including sensors, actuators, control units, wiring and communication networks, lighting systems and accessories, communication devices and software.

To do this course, you will be employed in industry and in an apprenticeship, where you get plenty of hands-on workshop experience working on client vehicles.

Toi Ohomai manages your apprenticeship and provides ongoing mentoring and support throughout your training. In your own time, you complete online assessments, subnmitting evidence of practical work accompanied by descriptions showing that you understand the theory behind your practical learning.

As a Toi Ohomai student you still have access to all our campus facilities. Most importantly, our qualified tutors visit you regularly to assist with your learning and keep in touch with your employer.

Content Details

During the course you'll study:

  • Effective Workplace Maintenance and Safety
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Braking and Electronic Control
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Starting, Charging and Batteries
  • Fuel and Emission Systems
  • Body Control Electronics and System Software
  • Safety Systems
  • High Voltage Systems
  • Drive Train
  • Hydraulics
  • Electrical Systems
  • Electrical Accessory Systems
  • Communication Systems


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Tokoroa, Whakatane
Duration: Three years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

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

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic fees (Managed Apprentices) $220 - $440 per course

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

Upon successfully completing the course you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)

Career Opportunities

  • Automotive electrical engineer

Entry Criteria - Summary

  • A Level 3 qualification in Automotive Engineering, or
  • Evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge
  • Be employed in a automotive engineering workshop - you (and your employer) will be required to enter into a training agreement with Toi Ohomai institute of Technology.

Other considerations:

  • All applicants will be required to participate in an information sharing session.


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.