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National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Advanced Trade) (Level 5)


  • Semester 1 starts 1 January 2017
  • Two - Three years, part-time
  • Fee Guideline: $6,639.99 (per year)
  • Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton
Working as a qualified electrician and want to work at an advanced operational level? Take advantage of flexible, part-time learning which will prepare you for a wide range of roles in the electrotechnology, electrical contracting, or industrial electrical engineering sectors.

Programme Content

This qualification has two sections: a compulsory section covering advanced electrical theory and trade practice, and a section comprising three strands which allows a choice of standards to reflect the varied environments in which electricians are employed. At least one of the strands must be completed for award of the qualification.

The compulsory section of the qualification covers knowledge and skills relating to:

  • Project planning and management and quotation preparation
  • CAD tools
  • Financial management for a small business
  • Electrical circuit protection
  • Non-electrical legislation
  • The inspection and certification of electrical installations
  • Energy efficiency
  • Health and safety.

The three strands available, reflect the major sectors of the electrical industry as follows:

  • Electrotechnology Specialisation - a choice of broader electrotechnology subjects, at a more academic level for people who are involved in electrotechnology design, or to allow trainees to specialise in their chosen field of expertise not specifically covered by the elective section or the other strands
  • Electrical Installation - customer energy solution, electrical switchgear and switchboards, electrical installation practice, standby power plant, lighting installations, and building management systems
  • Industrial Electrical Engineering - industrial measurement and control, programmable logic controllers, commissioning and handover of electrical engineering projects, and electrical machine safety systems.

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Course Duration

Typically the qualification is achieved within two - three years. Holders of this qualification gain a range of knowledge and skills assessed both off-job and applied on­ job (in the workplace).

Delivery & Learning Methods

Attend evening classes at Wintec's city campus one night a week for 4 hours each. In the event that you miss a class, you can take advantage of Moodle (web enhanced learning) and catch-up online.

The programme uses appropriate modes of delivery for the module subject and the needs of candidates.The mixed modes of delivery include:

  • Flexible and blended delivery: Block course delivery of lectures and practical modules, drop-in sessions, paper based distance delivery, and open flexible. and networked delivery, video and/or teleconferencing.
  • Face-to-face delivery: Occuring on campus in a lecture theatre or classroom, workshop, laboratory or simulated environment or on visits to industry where appropriate.
  • Industry Practicum: The programme may include integrated industry learning experiences.


The student may be assessed in one, or a combination of the following methods:

  • Formal closed book or onIine examination
  • Formal open book or online assessment
  • Practical assessment involving a project or task that may utiIise a group or 'team' dynamic where the intention is to assess the ability to apply knowledge, design and manage in a 'real world' or simulated industry environment.

Students can use Te Reo Maori in any of their assessments. Please inquire for further details.

Graduate Opportunities

The programme is strongly supported by The Skills Organisation, and the qualification has been updated to meet the challenges and training needs recognised by the electrical industry. It also provides a staircase into higher level study and qualifications such as the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering Technology. National Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Advanced Trade) (Level 5), or the National Diploma in Engineering (Electrotechnology) (Level6).

Entry Criteria

You need to be either trade qualified, or have completed the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Electrician for Registration) (Level 4), or hold an equivalent qualification to enrol for this program. See for details.

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Relevant Work Experience and Previous Study

Wintec has a clearly defined Recognised Prior Learning process. Please inquire for further details.

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