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Certificate in Electrical and Related Trades (Pre-Employment)

Level 2

UCOL’s Certificate in Electrical and Related Trades (Pre-Employment) is a one-year full-time pre-apprenticeship programme that will help get your career started as an electrician or other roles in the electrical industry.

Electrical students learning at our Palmerston North Campus
Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year, full-time

27 Feb 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*
To be confirmed.

International Fees:*
To be confirmed.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

Completing UCOL’s Certificate in Electrical and Related Trades (Pre-Employment) will help open doors to work opportunities as UCOL graduates are highly valued by the electrical industry. 

If you successfully complete this electrician’s course, you will also have completed the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering Level 2.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Apprenticeships in electrical wiring
  • Industrial measurement and control
  • Electrical servicing
  • Security
  • Motor rewinding
  • Appliance servicing
  • Manufacturing
  • Power distribution
  • Sales and distribution
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Electricians.

Industry Connections

With strong links to the electrical industry, the Certificate in Electrical & Related Trades (Pre-Employment) is supported by local electrical contractors so that graduates of this programme are work ready.

Learning Facilities

Modern electrical laboratories that meet all industry standards

Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry.

International Entry Requirements

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).  

Advice & Guidance

It is recommended that students have met the literacy and numeracy require-ments for NCEA Level 1 or equivalent. This programme may lead to an electrical apprenticeship and higher levels of study. To improve overall chances of success it is recommended that students have achieved 12 credits in both Level 1 Mathematics and Level 1 Physics or Science. Good communication skills would also be advisable. This programme includes the National Certificate in Electrical Engineering, Level 2 and will be awarded when the requirements of this programme are met.


Course Information

  • *DKO electrical test instruments and take measurements
  • DKO earthing
  • *Identify and describe basic employment rights and responsibilities, and sources of information and assistance
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of a personal computer system
  • Write a short report
  • *Provide basic first aid
  • *Provide basic life support
  • *Select and install flexible cords
  • *Draw and explain simple electrical diagrams
  • *DKO capacitors and semiconductor diodes  
  • *DKO mathematics and mechanics for electrical trades
  • *DKO safeguards for use with portable electrical appliances
  • *Perform manual soldering and de-soldering procedures for electrotechnology work
  • *DKO electrical safety and safe working practices for electrical workers
  • *Isolate and test low-voltage electrical subcircuits
  • Draw and interpret electrical diagrams 
  • DKO the New Zealand electricity supply system
  • *Explain the properties of conductors, insulators, and semiconductors and their effect on electrical circuits
  • *DKO electromotive force (emf) production
  • *DKO electromagnetism theory
  • Electrical Appliance Service Person Preparation
  • Electrical Workshop
  • Electrical Lab
  • Electronics Workshop
  • Mechanical Workshop
  • Work Experience
*Embedded Qualification: The National Certificate in Electrical Engineering, Level 2 will be awarded to people credited with all the unit standards required for this award.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.