New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)

If your sights are set on an electrical career, this course is the perfect introduction.

At the end of your study you'll be ready to start as an electical apprentice and progress your career further.

During the course you'll learn how to install, test and maintain electrical systems and equipment, including some equipment in special electrical situations.

You'll also learn to diagnose faults and identify and report electrical and other hazards, and make sure your own activities are within legal limitations of the electrical legislation.

Content Details

During the course you'll study:

  • Electrical Work Practices
  • DC Fundamentals
  • Installation Fundamentals
  • Electrical Applications
  • Electricity Systems
  • Electricity Supply and Distribution
  • Circuit Design and Operation
  • Electrical Machines


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* 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 students $6,680.00

2018 international students $19,952.00

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

Graduates of this course will not be qualified electricians but will have an operational and theoretical knowledge of electricity production, distribution, and utilisation, and can carry out a limited range of prescribed electrical work safely and ethically under general supervision in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992.

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory

Career Opportunities

  • Electrical apprentice

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) (Level 6)

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this pcourse, you must meet the following criteria:

  • NCEA (Level 1) in Mathematics, English, and Physics or General Science, or
  • Equivalent qualifications and/or
  • Be able to demonstrate suitable knowledge and skills


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 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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.