NZ Certificate in Electric Vehicle Automotive Engineering [Level 5]

Study Options



1 year


Level 5

Your next step into an electric future

This programme provides the automotive engineering industry with individuals who have attained the knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively diagnose and repair faults in electric vehicles. Electric vehicles include both battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles or machines.

Graduates may have some responsibility for representing the business and for the overall performance of the workshop. Graduates of this programme will not be recognised as manufacturer-specific technicians.



This programme will be delivered part-time over one year. It is predicted that most students will be employed as automotive technicians and therefore the programme is structured in a way to meet the needs of these students. There will be night classes, online learning, teaching activities and block courses for the practical application. Courses are delivered sequentially apart from Automotive Management which is delivered over the year.

Subject Areas

  • High Voltage Auxiliary Systems
  • Battery Systems
  • Drive Systems
  • Automotive Management



Academic Requirements

  • An Automotive Engineering qualification at Level 4, or equivalent skills and knowledge.

Other Requirements

  • A current workplace first aid certificate is recommended.

English Language Entry Requirement

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. For international applicants, ways in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include the following:

  • Successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply).
  • Completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5 with any endorsement).
  • IELTS Academic score of 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.5, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment.
  • International equivalents to IELTS accepted by NZQA.

Entry with Credit

You may already have some knowledge or skills that can be recognised as part of your intended study. This may take a number of different forms including study at any other tertiary institution, life or work experiences and workplace training can also be considered. If you think you qualify, you can apply for Cross Credit (CC) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

  • CC is based on the equivalency of courses or qualifications. You would apply for CC if you have passed a very similar course at the same level.
  • RPL is based on the assessment of your current knowledge and skills. You would apply for RPL if you had gained the relevant knowledge and skills through life experiences and informal learning situations.

As part of your application you will be asked to provide details which you would like considered as credit towards your intended programme of study.

You must apply prior to enrolment. CC and RPL cannot be awarded for a course if you are already enrolled in that course. An original transcript or notice of results from the institute at which you previously studied (or verified copies) will be required for all applications.

For further information and enquiries about CC and RPL please contact the Programme Secretary, Jodi Te Hina on 06 830 1945.


There are four entry dates per year:

  • January
  • May
  • July
  • October

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Upon graduating you will be able to oversee team responsibilities and ensure compliance with legislative and company requirements to maintain a safe and effective workplace. You will also be able to diagnose and repair uncommon and complex specialist system faults in electric vehicles as an advanced technician.

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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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.