FREE | NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Theory) [Level 3]

Study Options



1 year


Level 3

Be an In-Demand Professional Trades Person

Make the most of your talent for problem solving and gain essential electrical engineering skills for a future career in the electrical industry. This is your first step towards landing an apprenticeship and becoming a fully qualified electrician.

EIT’s Trades and Technology training facilities will provide you with a learning environment where you’ll work in modern workshops modelled on real-world situations. These purpose-built facilities will give you access to a broad range of equipment to hone your skills as you prepare for your next step forward.

Upon completion, you’ll be able to continue your training as part of a three to four year apprenticeship scheme with an employer leading to registration as an electrical trades person.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Your possible employment opportunities include:

Domestic/commercial/industrial electrician, appliance servicing, switchboard manufacturing, motor rewinding, office equipment serving, security/data/CCTV/fire industry, marine electrics/ electronics, supply industry – linesman/cable jointer/electrical fitter or audio visual and lighting equipment.

Study pathway:

This is a pre-trade course that could lead into an apprenticeship in the electrical industry. After this course you will need to attend night classes for “off job” (theory modules) and complete “on job” practical tasks at your place of work.

The length of time it takes to become a qualified electrician is approximately two – three years after completing the Level 3 course.


You will be introduced to the foundation theories of electricity: health and safety; safe working practices; legislation / electrical publications, regulations and electricity act; OHM’s Law; direct current principles; conductors, insulators, semiconductors; capacitors, diodes, rectifiers; circuit design; electrical machines; alternating current principles; installation principles; energies and technology; methods of producing voltages; electrical supply and distribution.

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry Criteria

  • Meet the NCEA Level 2 requirements, or provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level.

Non Standard Entry Criteria

  • Applicants will be required to pass a Colour Blindness Test.
  • Successful completion of the alternative academic entry test; or
  • Successful interview with a member of the academic staff and successful completion of the alternative academic entry test.

The alternative academic entry test will measure applicants’ literacy and numeracy ability to ensure that is of a level to cope with the demands of the programme.

The interview will allow parties to exchange information about what the programme both provides to, and requires of, its students. Included in the interview will be discussion of possible career paths for the student, motivation, and physical and emotional requirements, and applicant’s abilities, background, experiences and interests. Attendance of whānau members and/or supporting associates is encouraged at all interviews.

English Language Entry Requirement

If English is not your first language you are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3), approved scores on IELTS tests (5.5 Academic with no band score lower than 5.5), completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT Hawke’s Bay assessment.






Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.