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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Trade (Level 4) with strands in General Electrical, and Electricity Supply
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 250
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology » Electrical Engineering
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the electrical industry with commercially competent registered electricians who are able to work independently to install, test, commission, and maintain electrical installations and equipment safely; and in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992.

The qualification includes strands to recognise the differences between electricians who work in domestic, commercial and industrial sectors and electricians who work in the electricity supply sector.

The qualification encompasses the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) electrical theory and regulations examination requirements for registration as an electrician. Graduates may use this New Zealand Certificate as evidence of having met the minimum applicable standards when applying to the EWRB for registration under the Electricity Act 1992.

Graduates will not be able to practice as an electrician until they have met all EWRB registration and licensing requirements.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply knowledge of electrical theory, systems, equipment, machines, and electrical protection in an electrical environment.
- Work safely; identify and control hazards; and manage risks in an electrical environment.
- Comply with electrical and relevant non-electrical legislation governing the work of electricians.
- Develop knowledge of areas where specialist knowledge is required to carry out installation and maintenance of electrical equipment.
- Work as a commercially competent registered electrician and communicate with stakeholders on electrical matters.

Graduates of the General Electrical strand will also be able to:
- Install, commission, and maintain electrical systems, equipment, and machines within electrical environments.
- Carry out fault diagnosis and testing of electrical systems and equipment within electrical environments.

Graduates of the Electricity Supply strand will also be able to:
- Install, commission, and maintain electrical services associated with distribution networks, power stations, and substations.
- Carry out fault diagnosis and testing of electrical services associated with distribution networks, power stations, and substations.
Education pathways
This qualification provides one of two entry options to the electrical industry and is intended for candidates who have an electrical apprenticeship agreement, or who have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory [Ref: 2387].

On completion of this qualification graduates may progress to higher level qualifications within the electrical industry such as the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 5) [Ref: 2384], the New Zealand Certificate in Process Control and Automation (Level 5) with strands in Process Control, and Process Automation [Ref: 2253], or the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) [Ref: 2612].
Employment pathways
Once registered and licensed, graduates can work as an electrician in a sector(s) of their choice and can supervise other electrical workers up to and including their licence class.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
The National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) (Level 2) [Ref: 0973] with Mathematics and English subjects; or equivalent knowledge and skills is a prerequisite for entry into programmes leading to this qualification.
Education Organisation 3 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 4204
Status Current
Created June 2020
Next Review May 2025
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