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Electrical Engineering Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory (Level 3)


Course details

  • Feb 2023
    Jul 2023
  • One year
  • Full-time
  • $7,809*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under MPTT
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


In this one-year course, you will gain the foundations to progress to an apprenticeship as an electrician. Our team of tutors are supportive, industry experts who guide you to develop your understanding of electrical theory and to build your hands-on skills. Our graduates work across a range of exciting jobs and industries in the electrical industry.

View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
ELEC301​Electrical Work Practices314  
ELEC302Direct Current (DC) Fundamentals315  
ELEC303Electrical Installations315  
ELEC304​Electrical Applications315  
ELEC305Alternating Current (AC) Fundamentals315  
ELEC306​Electricity Supply and Distribution315  
ELEC307Circuit Design and Operation315  
ELEC308Electrical Machines315  
ELEC309​Electrical Theory and Practice31ELEC301-
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Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed in entry level positions or an apprenticeship within the electrical trade sector, or enter a pathway into higher relevant training.


Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have gained:

The New Zealand Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 1 with a minimum of 80 credits at Level 1 or above, including:
i) 10 credits in Numeracy; and
ii) 10 credits in Literacy; and
iii) Any number of credits in General Science; or 

b) Equivalent qualification.

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Academic Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special Admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the General Academic Admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for Provisional Entry at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional Entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant's performance is deemed satisfactory by the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection criteria

Candidates may be required to participate in an interview process.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5, with no individual band score lower than 5; or equivalent.

As some of the practical components within this programme are considered high risk, students will be required to submit to an initial drug screen, and may be required to submit to further drug screening if there is reasonable cause to suspect a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as per Wintec’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04)

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To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Students starting Semester 1 2023

Whānau evening:
Date: Wednesday 1 February 2023
Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm
Venue: G Block, Student Street, Rotokauri Campus

Induction day:
Date: Tuesday 7 February 2023
Time: 8am-4pm
Venue: G Block, Student Street, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Please bring with you on the day:

  • One refill block
  • Impact clear book A4 20 leaf
  • Pens - red, blue, or black
  • Eraser
  • Pencil - HB, H grade pencils for technical drawing

The following are also useful to bring but not necessary:

  • Smartphone or digital device for recording eportfolio evidence
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Protractor
  • Glue stick
  • Small scissors

Laptop for personal research

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Required texts:
One SET of textbooks (can be purchased here)
Electrical Principles 7th Edition
Electrical Wiring Practice 8th Edition

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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