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Electrical Engineering
Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory
Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory

Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory

  • ID:CPIT640176
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

NCEA Level 1 including:

  • 10 Literacy credits; and
  • 10 Numeracy credits; and
  • 10 General Science credits

Note: If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 5.5 academic: speaking 5.0, reading 5.0, writing 5.0, listening 5.0.

Course Information

Gain the knowledge and skills required to start an apprenticeship in the electrical industry.

If you wish to enter the electrical industry but you don't yet have an electrical apprenticeship agreement, this programme will provide you with pre-entry foundation knowledge of electrical engineering.

You'll learn about the electrical industry with an introduction to safe electrical installation practices, testing, commissioning and servicing of electrical installations and equipment. You'll also learn about fault diagnosis and testing techniques of electrical systems and equipment, and about the installation and maintenance of electrical machines and electrical in special electrical situations.

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Pathway Courses

Following this programme, your study options include the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) Level 4, the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) or the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical).

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems and equipment. The chances of getting a job as an electrician are good due to the construction boom and a shortage of suitable workers in a variety of different fields and locations.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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