New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)

This qualification is ideal for learners who are starting, or already doing, an apprenticeship in the workplace. During this programme, you will learn how to safely and effectively diagnose and repair electrical and electronics faults in a range of vehicles.


4 Years Part-time
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Studied alongside an apprenticeship


*Approximate full qualification tuition fee

What You Study


Course name Level Credit
Effective Workplace Maintenance and Safety 4 15
Steering and Suspension 4 15
Braking and Electronic Control 4 15
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning 4 15
Starting, Charging and Batteries 4 20
Petrol Fuel and Emission Control Systems 4 15
Body Control Electronics and System Software 4 20
Safety Systems 4 15
High Voltage Systems 4 15
Driveline Systems 4 15
Diesel Fuel and Emission Control Systems 4 15
Electrical Systems 4 15
Total    190


Your workload 

You'll be expected to attend a weekly night class, additional one-week block courses, and to undertake some self-directed study in conjunction with your apprenticeship.


Entry requirements

  • A Level 3 Automotive Engineering qualification (such as the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering Level 3) OR evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge. 
  • For the managed apprentice option, you must also be employed in a light automotive engineering workshop which is operating at a commercially-acceptable industry standard. The apprentice, employer and provider must enter into a training agreement.  
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.


Domestic fees

Full tuition

Funding help

As this programme is part-time, students generally aren't eligible for student loans or allowances to cover additional costs or living costs. But, some help may be possible depending on your circumstances. Check the Studylink website for more information. 

If you have any questions about student loans and allowances, please email our Studylink Advisor: 

You may be eligible to access additional tuition fee support through the Government's Fees Free scheme.

Additional costs

Smart device (essential) 
  • Laptop or tablet which is WiFi capable, able to take photos and use Windows 365 applications
Safety equipment and clothing (essential) 
  • Approved safety footwear (i.e. steel caps)
  • Overalls/safety clothes (maybe supplied by employer)
  • Welding gloves - gauntlet (red or blue)
  • Fitted safety glasses - clear (Scope Phat Boxa) 

Tuition fees

The tuition fees shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied. These fees also don’t include additional costs or living costs.

Student Services Fee

For most students, your tuition fee shown above includes a Student Services Fee – also known as the Student Levy. This compulsory fee covers your access to the student services we offer. This cost is tailored depending on how you're studying.


Need more info?

If you'd like to chat about this study option before applying, please email

Or, you can get in touch with the Programme Leader, Hamish -  | 03 4796115

How to apply

If you'd like to apply for this programme, please email and we'll guide you through the application process.

Due to this being studied alongside an apprenticeship, the process is a little different to our standard programmes.

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Get in touch

0800 762 786
International +64 3 477 3014