If you love cars, trucks and motorbikes, and want to kick-start your career in the automotive industry, TPP’s NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering is perfect for you. You’ll learn all about engines and systems, workshop fundamentals, electric and electronic principles and automotive safety. Your training will cover everything you need to know to get started the automotive industry and our strong partnerships with local businesses and industry representatives will help you get a foot in the door to a great job.

As well as providing a great stepping-stone for job starters, the programme is also a good option for people who want to learn the basics so they can work on their own cars, trucks, bikes or boats.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
  • Holiday Duration:
    5 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    35 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    40 weeks
  • Start Date:
    12 February 2018
  • End Date:
    16 November 2018
  • $6,282

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  • International Fee (2018):

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Core Elements

Graduates of this qualification will be able to apply the knowledge and skills in relation to topics such as:


  • automotive workshop safety;
  • basic workshop engineering tasks, tools and equipment;
  • engines; engine systems; driveline systems;
  • electrical and electronic principles; starting and charging systems; electronic controls, high voltage systems and HVAC;
  • brake systems, steering and suspension systems.

Programme Structure and Workload

This programme is delivered full time over one year.

Supervised teaching and learning and practical workshop rationale:

Students who enrol in this programme of study ‘full-time’ will have timetabled classes in the workshop and/or classroom to carry out specialist automotive training as well as complete any formative and summative assessments.

Further Study Paths

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3) will be eligible to progress and pathway into the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 4) Light Vehicle or the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 4) Heavy Vehicle.

Career Opportunities

Career options may be:

  • Automotive Engineering Technician
  •  Automotive Heavy Engineering Technician
  • Road Transport –agricultural-plant and equipment Technician
  •  Automotive Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Motorcycle Engineering Technician
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Servicing Technician
  • Power Boat Servicing Technician

It is also a useful qualification for other motor industry occupations, such as:

  • Automotive Parts Person
  • Service Station Attendant
  • Automotive Dismantler
  • Motor Vehicles Salesperson

Entry Criteria

Applicants must have:

Academic Entry:

  • 10 credits in each of literacy (reading and writing) and numeracy in NCEA Level 2, OR, 

  • Be able to demonstrate suitable knowledge and skills 

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who do not meet the academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate their skills, education and / or work experiences, may be eligible for special admission. 

Students must be physically capable of meeting programme requirements. Applicants are also required to attend an information session where students must demonstrate their ability, interest, motivation and commitment to succeed in the programme. 

English Language:

International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any programme. IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. 

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language evidence of language competency may be required.


This is a Safety Sensitive Programme