Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Electric Vehicle Automotive Engineering (Level 5)*
*subject to final approval


Dunedin or online

One year part-time

On-campus and online delivery with multiple block courses throughout the year.

Flexible Start Dates: 29 July 2019, 4 November 2019, 27 January 2020, 28 April 2020, 27 July 2020 or 26 October 2020
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    22 July 2019

Charge up your knowledge of Electric Vehicles (EV) with this advanced automotive technician programme. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to diagnose and repair faults in battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles and machines.

This programme is designed for experienced automotive engineering technicians who want to work in an advanced technical role, specialising in electric vehicles.

Graduates will be able to work in a range of workplaces that involve advanced diagnostic and repair of electric vehicle faults.

Entry requirements
  • You must hold an Automotive Engineering qualification at Level 4 OR provide evidence that you have equivalent skills and knowledge.

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

    Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

    If you need to improve your English, we offer a range of English language programmes.   


  • A current workplace first aid certificate.
What you'll study 

This one-year, part-time programme consists of four courses.  

Course Aim Credits
Automotive Management Learn how to oversee team responsibilities, including compliance 10
Drive systems Learn to diagnose, analyse and repair uncommon and complex electric vehicle drive system faults to meet industry standards 20
Battery systems Learn to diagnose, analyse and repair uncommon and complex electric vehicle battery system faults to meet industry standards 20
High voltage auxiliary systems Learn to diagnose, analyse and repair uncommon and complex electric vehicle auxiliary system faults to meet industry standards 20
Further study options

This qualification can lead to higher level qualifications in business management. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, contact us at ECLAdmin@op.ac.nz to enquire about our recognition of prior learning process. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification. 

For more information

Please email ECLAdmin@op.ac.nz


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.

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