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Electrical Service Technician

The Electrical Service Technician qualification allows the holder to connect and disconnect directly connected appliances and/or equipment from the fixed wiring.

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Quick info

Locations: UCOL  Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 6 consecutive Fridays

31 Oct 2024 – 05 Dec 2024
01 Nov 2024 – 06 Dec 2024

(For 2024 intakes, call 0800 468 265 or register your interest at https://www.ucol.ac.nz/contact-us )

Domestic Fees: *

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.

Individuals who complete this course are eligible to sit the Electrical Service Technician (Formerly ESTB) examination. The course meets the requirements of the theory and practical assessment component of the qualification.


Learners must have completed the Electrical Appliance Serviceperson (formerly ESTA) course before enrolling in the Electrical Service Technician 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.

How to Enrol
To apply for EST complete the UCOL Enrolment Form and the EWRB Practical Application Form.

Please note that the places are limited.

 Career & Study Outcomes

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Electricians, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

 Advice & Guidance

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 Electrical (Safety) Regulations 2010.

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

This page is for people enrolling on the Electrical Service Technician (EST) course. 

Electrical Workers Registration Board Examinations
Note that UCOL no longer does the examination for this. Please refer to the EWRB examinations page (external organisation). All candidates apply and pay online with ASPEQ.