NZ Certificate in Electrical Pre-trade (Level 3)

Study Options



1 year


Level 3

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Spark your electrical career

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 licensed electrical worker in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992 and any subsequent amendments.


This pre-trade course could lead you 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 four years after completing the Level 3 course.

Industry-based training

The course includes practical hands on wiring of cabins (built by EIT | Te Pūkenga Carpentry learners). Learners are encouraged to find work experience in an associated electrical industry. Those that obtain work experience are three to four times more likely to secure a job/apprenticeship at the end of the course.

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.

Your future career and study opportunities

Your possible career 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
  • Audio visual and lighting equipment

Your possible study pathway could include:

  • NZ Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Theory and Practice Trade) (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Electrical Trade (Level 4) with strands in General Electrical, and Electricity Supply
  • Higher-level qualifications in other electrical fields


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July


Entry requirements

English language entry requirements

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. 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 | Te Pūkenga 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 | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.