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Electrical Service Technician (Formerly ESTB)

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Programme Overview

This page is for people enrolling on the Electrical Appliance Serviceperson course and exam.


Please refer to the EWRB Examinations page if only requiring examination.

In New Zealand all people who engage in “prescribed electrical work”, must be registered or covered by the provisions under the Electricity Act 1992, or the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.


UCOL provides courses to prepare students in obtaining these certificates. It is necessary for a student to pass a theory examination and to be assessed in a number of practical skills as set out by the Electrical Workers Registration Board. However, you must complete 18 months practical training requirements to gain this full qualification.


Anyone wanting to enrol into this course must have first completed the EAS course.


Confirmed exam dates are as follows:

Electrical Service Technician (Formerly ESTB)
The written exam will be held on 26 November 2016.


Important required enrolment information and forms:
Please note that in order to enrol in this course you must complete UCOL’s enrolment form and EWRB’s written entry form and practical assessment form. This is because places in the course are very limited, so we cannot send confirmation that you have a place without this information.

To access the forms please click on these links

UCOL Enrolment Form 

(please note EWRB fees are included in the UCOL course fee)


EWRB examination entry application

EWRB practical assessment application


Please return these forms to:
Corner King and Princess Streets, Palmerston North, 4442
or drop into the Information Centre at UCOL Palmerston North.

Examples of trades or activities that may require the services of electrical service technicians include:

  • refrigeration and air conditioning trades
  • instrument fitting
  • electric sign servicing
  • boiler maintenance
  • commercial computer and business machine servicing
  • scientific and industrial research
  • security.

Electrical Service Technician (Formerly ESTB)
This course allows the holder to connect and disconnect directly connected appliances and/or equipment (up to 460 volts) from the fixed wiring. Any person who completes this course may enter the Electrical Service Technician (Formerly ESTB) examination. The course meets the requirements of the theory and practical assessment the ability to go out and work in the industry for 18 months. 

Note that students must have passed the Electrical Appliance Serviceperson course before enrolling in the Electrical Service Technician (formerly ESTB) course.


The types of work an Electrical Service Technician is permitted to carry out are:

  • the maintenance of fittings that are connected to conductors used in works or electrical installations; and
  • the maintenance of appliances; and
  • the disconnection and connection of fittings and appliances from and to a power supply, other than by means of a plug or pin inserted into a socket, or an appliance coupler inserted into an appliance inlet; for the purpose of the maintenance of those fittings; and
  • the testing of work described above
  • The certification of work described above
  • the supervision of any work described above.

Course content
Students on the Electrical Service Technicians Courses will study a variety of subjects. These subjects include:

  • basic knowledge and understanding of electrical circuits
  • electrical conductors
  • electrical insulators
  • electrical fittings
  • electrical appliances
  • electrical measuring instruments
  • radio and television interference suppression
  • basic first id
  • CPR
  • flexible cords
  • electrical appliance testing
  • protection devices
  • electrical safety of personnel
  • dangers of electric shock
  • electricity regulations.


Programme Electrical Service Technician (Formerly ESTB)
Study Options / Duration , 6 consecutive Fridays
Campuses Palmerston North

$569 (course fee includes GST and covers EWRB exam fees)



Palmerston North

The course runs for six consecutive Fridays from October - November 2016. 


The written exam is on 26 November 2016. If you need to re-sit this exam please refer to the EWRB Examination page for the dates and enrolment process.


UCOL is also looking to add extra times, but these will be running depending on how many people enrol. If you are interested in these course dates please enrol to secure a place. Contact Micaela McIntosh  M.McIntosh@ucol.ac.nz or 06 952 7001 extension 70745.

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