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Vehicle Inspector – Inspection Course

Vehicle Inspector – Inspection Course

Are you keen on becoming a WoF inspector? The UCOL | Te Pūkenga Vehicle Inspector – Inspection course can provide you with the right skills to become one.

UCOL | Te Pūkenga Automotive Centre
Quick info

Locations: UCOL | Te Pūkenga Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: Two and a half days

2023 dates TBC

Domestic Fees: *
$695.45 (Training fee including GST) and $495 plus GST (NZTA Registration Fee)Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

New Zealand Transport Agency requires all vehicles to be mechanically and structurally fit for driving. To ensure this, we need well-trained automotive professionals to inspect the vehicles and issue the Warrant of Fitness (WoF). This course is for automotive technicians who would like to train as a WoF Inspector. You will understand the vehicle inspection process, the inspection requirements, and learn how to navigate the NZTA Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM).

Note: Please read the domestic entry requirements for necessary pre-entry documentation requirements.

 Career & Study Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be a vehicle inspector with NZTA.

 Course Information

The topics covered include:


  • Purpose and scope of the NZTA Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM)
  • Overview of the VIRM
  • Inspection and certification process 
  • Inspection equipment
  • Definitions and abbreviations
  • Sample certification and documentation

General Vehicles/Motorcycles (depending on driver’s license class)

  • Vehicle identification 
  • Vehicle doors and hinged panels
  • Vehicle structural integrity, lighting and vision, entrance and exit 
  • Vehicle interior systems
  • Vehicle brakes, steering and suspension, tyres, wheels and hubs, and exhaust systems
  • Vehicle towing connections and miscellaneous items

General Trailers

  • Vehicle structural integrity and lighting
  • Vehicle brakes, steering and suspension, tyres, wheels and hubs 
  • Vehicle towing connections

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Following are the set requirements to become a WOF Inspector. 

Pass the NZTA Fit and proper person check (Fit and proper person guidelines) which includes:

  • Be qualified as an automotive technician with either an NZ Trade Certificate in Automotive Engineering, National A-Grade Registration, NZ Advanced Trade Certificate, or equivalent,


  • Be qualified as an automotive technician in Automotive Engineering with either a National Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 4 or higher), National Registration, or equivalent, and references of three years of continuous relevant work experience. 
(For the evidence for either of these requirements, we can access your NZQA Record of Learning)


  • Be a person who has worked in full-time employment carrying out repairs and maintenance to the safety aspects of motor vehicles for at least five cumulative full-time years. (You need to supply a letter verifying this from your employer.)
  • A current New Zealand Driving Licence for the class you intend to apply for.
If you meet these requirements, then you can continue with the following:
  • Complete a VI1B Vehicle inspector application for Warrant of fitness - light motor vehicles. You must pay the fee directly to NZTA (this is separate from the UCOL | Te Pūkenga training fee)
  • Complete the UCOL | Te Pūkenga enrolment form and apply for the course along with a copy of your approved VI1B Vehicle Inspector application and a copy of your current New Zealand Driving Licence.


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Please enquire for details

 Advice & Guidance

As UCOL becomes Te Pūkenga on 1 January 2023, learners enrolling in a programme that is likely to continue into semester 1 2023 will become Te Pūkenga learners and will receive their qualification from Te Pūkenga on completion.

Students need to supply their own steel cap boots and overalls.

Each applicant must apply and be approved by NZTA before the practical and theory testing that takes place at UCOL | Te Pūkenga. The application fee ($495 plus GST) will cover NZTA costs.

Students will receive a UCOL | Te Pūkenga Certificate of Attendance.