New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Train to be a mechanic. Full time with student allowances* or part time with evening classes and weekend practical workshops. Fees Free for eligible learners*.
*Conditions and eligibility criteria apply.

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 programme covers the basics of the light motor vehicle engineering trade in a vehicle servicing context. 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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Intake Dates


2020- Please call the campus for the next intake date


2020- Please call the campus for the next intake date


2020- Please call the campus for the next intake date

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.


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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