- Under 20: You must have achieved NCEA Level 2 in Maths, English, and Physics or general science, OR equivalent qualifications.
- Over 20: There are no academic entry requirements.
- As part of the selection procedure you will be required to undertake an interview.
- International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements. Click here for your country's equivalent academic entry criteria.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
Please note: You must hold a current First Aid Certificate before you can be awarded this qualification. If you do not attend or do not pass the first aid course as part of this programme, you will need to attend a first aid course at your own expense prior to programme completion.
Applicants are accepted using the entry criteria on a first-come, first-in basis. Should the number of applicants exceed the available places, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in order of the date they applied. All applicants will be interviewed.
You will study
This programme provides the electrical industry with people who have introductory knowledge of safe electrical installation, testing, commissioning, and servicing of electrical installations and equipment. It provides pre-entry foundation knowledge of electrical engineering and is suitable for those who wish to enter the industry but do not yet have an electrical apprenticeship agreement.
Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will have an operational and theoretical knowledge of electricity production, distribution, and utilisation, and will be able to carry out a limited range of prescribed electrical work safely and ethically under supervision in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992.
All courses within this qualification are compulsory.
|SMS Code||Course title||Level||Credits|
|ET3050||Electrical Work Practices||3||15|
|ET3060||Electricity Supply and Distribution||3||15|
|ET3010||Circuit Design and Operation||3||15|
You will be expected to complete up to 30 hours of contact time at the Polytechnic and up to 10 hours of additional self-directed study per week. Usual timetable hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 3.00pm, with Wednesday work experience.
Further study options
Links to useful websites
Please note that the following items may be covered by course related costs:
You are required to provide your own personal stationery, calculator and safety footwear. It would also be an advantage to have a laptop to bring to class or at least a PC available. It is required that you have the following textbook:
- Electrical Wiring Practice and Electrical Principles for the Electrical Trades
This can be purchased at the University Bookshop for approximately $300.00
You will be required to purchase an electrical tool set for approximately $300.00 during the first term of the programme.
Student loans and allowances with TTAF
Whilst this programme is free for you to study via the Trades and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), this fund only covers tuition fees and compulsory costs such as student levies. It does not cover any additional costs or living costs. You can pay for additional and living costs by yourself if that is possible for you or by applying for a loan or allowance through Studylink.
It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
- For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website
Please note: Student loans and allowances and TTAF are for domestic students only.
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.