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New Zealand Certificate in Electric Vehicle Automotive Engineering (Level 5)


Dunedin or online

One year part-time

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

Jan, May, August or Oct
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    31 January 2021
  • Dunedin
    31 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    2 May 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 August 2021

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.
  • 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.


  • A current workplace first aid certificate.
COVID-19 vaccination information
  • As this programme is delivered with some face-to-face learning in a physical location, you will need to provide us with a valid My Vaccine Pass before 1 February 2022 if you want to study with us.
  • All locations where our teaching occurs face-to-face are classed as an Otago Polytechnic site.
  • You will be asked to provide us with your My Vaccine Pass during your application and enrolment process.
  • In exceptional circumstances, exemptions may be granted to this. You can find out more about this in our vaccination policy. If you think you have grounds to be exempt from our vaccination requirements, please email   

You can find more information about our vaccination requirements here. And, if you still have further questions, please visit our FAQs page which you can find here.

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. 

Want your existing skills recognised?

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

For more information

Please email


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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