Short Course

WOF Inspectors Training

Are you a mechanic who wants to become a WOF inspector? 


30 July 24
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM –
01 August 24
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM


95 Forth St
North Dunedin, Otago 9016,
New Zealand

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About the course

Are you a mechanic who wants to become a WOF inspector? 

This new course is designed to train staff to carry out the vehicle inspection process correctly and to gain a firm grasp of the inspection requirements. Participants will also learn how to navigate their way around the NZTA Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM). 

With 50/50 theory and practical, this course will prepare you for the inspector exam, including a mock exam paper. 

Upon successful completion, you will receive an Otago Polytechnic Certificate of Attendance.

Please note: there are additional requirements to become a vehicle inspector. You will need to refer to the NZTA Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM) for full details on the eligibility criteria for vehicle inspectors. Completing the Otago Polytechnic training course does not guarantee an individual will be approved by NZTA.   

2024 remaining course dates 

30 July - 1 August 2024 

22 - 24 October 2024 

Course schedule

Day one
8.00am - 4.30pm: blended learning (theory and practical) 

Day two
8.00am - 4.30pm: blended learning (theory and practical) 

Day three
8.00am - 10.00am: theory revision
10.30am - 12.00pm: Certification Officer from NZTA to officiate the online test

Topics covered

  • Customer service protocols
  • Assessment of vehicle structural integrity
  • Lighting and signalling system
  • Vision requirements 
  • Door and hinged panel 
  • Vehicle interior systems 
  • Brake systems 
  • Steering and suspension 
  • Wheels and tyre exhaust systems 
  • Documentation of inspection.

Course fee

$595 (plus GST) 


You will need to bring personal safety equipment (safety footwear and overalls). 

Applying to NZTA 

Each applicant must apply to NZTA before the training and theory testing take place. 

Application process for this course

1. Email or phone 03 470 4354 to register your interest.

2.  Apply to NZTA via the normal application process which can be found here: 

3. When completing this application, please ensure you write 'Bulk testing at Otago Polytechnic' on the top.

4. Otago Polytechnic will confirm your place on the course.

For more information

If you have any questions, please email Hamish Miller (

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, 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.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.