This course is approved by the Tertiary Education Commission and 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

Due to flexible programme design, trainees may enrol at any stage throughout the year. 

Programme length

This programme is a 26 week full-time course.

Programme hours

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

Programme cost

This programme is FREE. Training and travel allowances may be available, please enquire with the tutor.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of self paced learning packages including a combination of classroom theory, simulated practical, on site practical and actual work experience. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this programme are inline with the Tertiary Educations Commissions Youth Guarantee eligibility criteria. This can be discussed during the applicant interview stage.

If you do not meet these requirements, please ask about our other programmes. 

Minimum of Class 1 Learners Licence required for all Automotive programmes. 


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. 

This is a Motor Industry Training Organisations recognised entry level Vocational Pathway qualification for trainees wishing to take up an apprenticeship in automotive trades.

The programme content is registered on the National Qualifications Framework. On successful completion of the programme you will receive:

Vocational Pathway (VP) in Automotive (Entry Skills) Level 2

Manufacturing and Technology

Career prospects

The following areas are possible career paths on successful completion of the course:

  • Automotive engineering
  • Automotive servicing
  • Automotive heavy engineering
  • Automotive electrical engineering
  • Automotive machining
  • Motorcycle engineering
  • Outdoor power equipment servicing
  • Power boat servicing 
  • Brake service engineering
  • Radiator repairing 
  • Fuel injection engineering
  • Automotive air conditioning 
  • Automotive collision repair
  • Auto refinishing 

Course content

  • Customer Relations
  • Workshop Safety 
  • Workshop Engineering
  • Engine Repairs
  • Employment Skills
  • Automotive Electrical
  • Tuning / Servicing
  • Transmissions
  • Vehicle Electronics
  • Petrol / Diesel 2 / 4 Stroke Engines
  • Steering / Suspension & Brakes

How are applicants selected?

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