Otago Polytechnic

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.

27 July or 26 Oct 2020
31 Jan, 2 May, 1 August or 31 Oct 2021
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    26 October 2020
  • Dunedin
    27 April 2020
  • Dunedin
    27 July 2020
  • 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.
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 EngTrades@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 EngTrades@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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