New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

The automotive industry is continually changing, and there is a high demand for qualified automotive technicians. Build a strong foundation with this practical automotive course. Learn how to repair and service light motor vehicles from qualified and experienced tutors. Don’t miss this opportunity to fulfil your professional dreams – enrol with us now!

Key Info


Level 3


40 weeks (full time) or 60 weeks (part time)




NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents


Kelston, Papakura, Mangere


$4517.00 or fees free for eligible domestic students.

Course Details

This programme gives learners the skills to undertake repairs and servicing of general automotive systems under limited supervision. It is designed for individuals who are interested to learn basic automotive skills.
Graduates of this programme will be able to: work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop, use basic workshop tools and equipment, apply automotive engineering knowledge to service engines, steering, suspension, brake and driveline systems, and check operation of and perform minor repairs on electrical and electronic systems.

This course can be undertaken either part-time or full-time, giving students the flexibility to manage their home and work commitments along with coursework. The part-time study is scheduled in the evenings, with practical workshops on the weekends. This course is fees free for eligible students.

This ‘New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)’ programme will help you learn core automotive skills, preparing you for a career in automotive engineering. Learn how to work safely and effectively in an automotive workshop, using essential workshop tools and equipment for engineering tasks. You will apply the knowledge you gain to:

  • service engines,
  • inspect and diagnose steering and suspension systems, and
  • inspect and service brake and driveline systems

This course will also equip you with other mechanical and electrical skills, enabling you to check and perform minor repairs on electrical and electronic systems.

The programme content includes:

  • Professional standards in the motor industry
  • Health and safety
  • Engine diagnostics and service
  • Transmission and driveline assemblies
  • Vehicle clutch systems
  • Exhaust systems
  • Fuel injection systems
  • Automotive workshop tools and equipment
  • Electrical and electronic systems
  • Steering, suspension and brake systems

$4,517.00 or fees free for eligible domestic students.

  • 16 years of age or over.
  • Motor Industry qualification at level 2, including NCEA Level 2 Vocational Pathway in Manufacturing and technology sector, or equivalent knowledge and skills are preferred.
  • Literacy and Numeracy levels to support studies at level 3.
  • NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • A full class 1 license or the ability to obtain one.

This qualification can lead to level 4 qualifications in automotive engineering or apprenticeship.


Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work in entry level positions, under limited supervision in the light vehicle automotive industry.

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What are the benefits

This level 3 certificate has been designed to provide the automotive industry with people who can service light vehicles e.g. cars. As such, it can support you into a job in an automotive workshop and assist you to gain an apprenticeship.

Study can be undertaken either full-time or part-time, allowing for flexible study around your work and home commitments. Practical learning can be completed both at our onsite workshops and through industry placements.

This course is suited to those interested in learning new mechanical and electrical skills, as well as those thinking about automotive engineering as a career. You will graduate from this level 3 programme with the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform confidently as a light motor vehicle trainee mechanic. This course also pathways to an apprenticeship in automotive engineering at level 4.


Students testimonials

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I have learnt a lot through this course and I am a full time employee of VTNZ I am enjoying the course every bit and would like to excel on to my level 4 automotive.


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