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 their systems, workshop safety fundamentals, electrical and electronic principles. 

Your automotive engineering training will cover everything you need to know to get started in 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 automotive engineering career.

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:
    NZ Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time
  • Holiday Duration:
    5 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    35 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    40 weeks
  • Start Date:
    February 2021
  • End Date:
    November 2021
  • $6,432
    Free fees may apply, refer 
    to www.tpp.ac.nz/freefees

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Tuition Fee:

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.

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 meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 10 credits in 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.

Special Notes:

Where students meet the entry criteria and the programme is over-subscribed, the following will apply in order:

  • Applicant accepts offer of place by returning their signed learner agreement
  • Applicant is waitlisted


This is a Safety Sensitive Programme