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New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Pre-Trade (Level 3)


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One year
  • Full-time
  • $8,027*
  • 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
CE3001 ​Workplace Skills and Safety315  
CE3002 DC Fundamentals315  
CE3003 AC Fundamentals315  
CE3004 Cables, Fittings and Testing315  
CE3005 Supply Systems315CE3001 
CE3006 ​Protection, Plans and Circuits315CE3001 
CE3007 Installations315CE3001 
Transformers, Electrical Machines and
CE3009 ​Capstone Assessment*31
​​ ​*Capstone Assessment Unit Standard 32619 will be awarded following successful completion of CE3009.

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

You can apply for this programme if you meet the below admission requirements.

General admission
You are at least 16 years of age on the programme start date for the semester (or provide a completed Early Release Exemption form), and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Achieved NCEA Level 1 with Mathematics and English subjects;
  • or equivalent knowledge and skills.
Special admission

To apply for special admission, you must have:

  1. Passed the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the programme is to commence; and
  2. provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.
Discretionary admission

If you do not meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary admission. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications will be at the discretion of the Relevant Academic Authority.

English language admission requirements
International applicants must provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the programme using an equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

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To check what you need to gain direct 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.

Semester 2 2024

Whānau evening:
Date: Wednesday 17 July 2024
Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm
Venue: G Block, Student Street, Rotokauri Campus

Induction day:
Date: Monday 22 July 2024
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


As part of the Centre for Trades Safety Guidelines, you will be required at all times while in the workshop to wear:

  • NZ-approved safety steel cap footwear
Please bring these with you on your induction day, as you will be unable to enter the workshop without them.
NZ-approved safety glasses will also be required to be worn at all times, and we will provide these to you at induction.

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 - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about 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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