New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Pre-Trade (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Pre-Trade (Level 3)

This one-year full-time qualification offers theory and practical study in electrical engineering and related subjects that will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment or to undertake an apprenticeship in the electrical or instrumentation trades.

You will learn how to:

  • apply knowledge and principles of electrical theory and practice to basic electrical tasks.
  • apply safe working procedures and practices to electrical tasks, including first aid and CPR as needed.
  • operate within legal limitations of electrical and relevant non-electrical legislation.
  • select and use products, tools, and equipment suitable for use in the electrical industry.
  • install cables and electrical equipment.
  • use testing techniques to test for electrical safety, and to identify and diagnose electrical faults.
  • demonstrate behaviour suitable for the workplace, follow instructions, and complete basic workplace documentation.

Programme Specific Information

The purpose of this qualification is to equip people with underpinning electrical knowledge and basic practical skills to enter further training or entry-level employment, such as an apprenticeship, within the electrical industry and related electrical fields.

Graduates will be able to apply these skills under supervision by a licenced electrical worker, in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992 and any subsequent amendments

Entry Requirements

  • NCEA Level 1 with Mathematics and English subjects

Career Options

Graduates will be able to enter an electrical apprenticeship as a first-year apprentice.

Graduates may be employed in entry-level positions in trades relevant to the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) registration classes, other electrical fields such as switchgear fitting, electronics, electricity supply industry, manufacturing, electrical wholesaling or retailing.

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Additional Expenses

  • Stationery, pens, pencils, lined refill Stationery, pens, pencils, lined refill
  • Calculator preferably FX82AU*11 (Scientific calculator)
  • Safety Glasses – Clear
  • Safety Boots/Shoes (400V+)
  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure (8m – 10m)
  • Spirit level - small 

Other tools will be provided but you may prefer to purchase your own. This list of tools can be discussed with your tutor.

Security provisions and insurance cover is the responsibility of the students. WITT accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage of tools and equipment.

Further Study Options

Further study options include New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4).

Changes for 2023 learners

On 1 November 2022, WITT and the programme you have enrolled in became part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology .
When you apply to study with WITT in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed.
Please note that all programmes offered by WITT and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review. This is to make sure they are portable, consistent, and aligned with the needs of the industry to provide you with excellent and quality educational opportunities.

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