This course is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and Nelson Technical Institute is accredited to teach it.

Programme start date

NTI will take trainees anytime throughout the year.

Programme length

45 weeks full time, part-time study options are available

Programme hours

8:30 am to 3:00 pm, with a 12:30pm finish on a Friday. This may vary for field work and work experience.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of self paced learning modules and includes a combination of classroom theory, simulated practical, on site practical, and actual work experience. The programme is content is flexible and can be tailored to your individual needs.

Programme costs

Avoid student loans — train at NTI. No fees for study in 2019.

All information on fees and financial assistance are subject to change in government policy. Normally fees for this policy would be over $5,500 (GST incl).

You will need your own overalls & safety work-boots.

There may be additional costs for study materials (if you wish to purchase):

  • Automotive Guidebook

What will the programme provide you with?

The programme provides trainees with the skills, knowledge, and industry exposure necessary to gain employment and / or an apprenticeship in the automotive industry.

The programme content is registered on the National Qualifications Framework.


On successful completion of the programme, you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering Level 3.

This is an interim qualification towards a full apprenticeship qualification at level 4.

Programme content

  • Workshop safety

  • Workshop Engineering

  • MIG welding

  • Automotive electrical

  • Engine Repairs

  • Tuning/Servicing

  • Transmissions

  • Petrol / Diesel 2 & 4 stroke engines

  • Steering / Suspension and brakes

  • Customer service

How are applicants selected?

All applicants are interviewed. Selection is made on the basis of suitability for the programme, motivation and team work. Some medical conditions may prevent an applicant from enrolling.

Minimum of a Class 1 Learner Licence required for all Automotive programmes.

Recognition of prior learning

Prior learning may be able to be credited to your current programme.

Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance may be available to help trainees meet the cost of study. Full details of student loans and allowances are available from the office.