Otago Polytechnic


Electrical trades

Does electricity spark your interest? Study with us and get switched on for a career in the electrical trades.


Electrical apprenticeship pathway

Learn from electrical industry professionals and gain essential skills with an electrical apprenticeship pathway brought to you by Otago Polytechnic. This apprenticeship option allows you to work in the electrical industry as an employee under supervision - which means you can earn while you learn!


New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3): Fully-funded via TTAF

  • Dunedin
  • One year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date (our 2021 intake is full, please register your interest for 2022)

Want to enter the electrical industry but not sure where to start? This project-based qualification will provide you with the skills to enter employment in non-registration areas of this industry such as electrical security, appliance servicing and automation. Alternatively, if you want to become an electrician, this is the ideal pre-apprentice preparation.

New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4): Fully-funded via TTAF

  • Dunedin and in your workplace
  • Four years (apprenticeship, weekly night class, additional two week block courses and some self-directed study)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

Gain the skills and knowledge to work independently as a commercially competent electrician. This programme is studied in conjunction with an apprenticeship so is ideal for candidates who are training in the workplace and your employer will enrol you in the qualification. It includes the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) electrical theory and regulations exams which is required for registration as an electrician. Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to apply to the EWRB for registration.



Want to be an Electrical Engineering technician or technologist?

Study our diploma or degree programmes in electrical engineering.