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Certificate in Automotive Engineering

Level 3

UCOL’s Certificate in Automotive Engineering, Level 3 is a pre-apprenticeship qualification that will help get your career started as an automotive technician.

Automotive students work on an engine at the Wairarapa Campus
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North, Wairarapa, Whanganui

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Palmerston North
13 Feb 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
24 Jul 2017 - 20 Apr 2018

13 Feb 2017 - 17 Nov 2017

13 Feb 2017 - 17 Nov 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$5,978.96Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

By successfully completing this automotive course, you will also gain a Level 2 National Certificate, therefore fast forwarding your apprenticeship. UCOL graduates are highly valued by the automotive industry.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Automotive engineering
  • Automotive heavy engineering
  • Automotive electrical engineering
  • Automotive machining
  • Motorcycle engineering
  • Outdoor power equipment servicing
  • Power boat servicing
  • Brake service engineering
  • Automotive air conditioning
  • Automotive parts person
  • Service station attendant
  • Automotive dismantler
  • Motor vehicles salesperson

Student & Staff Profiles

Industry Connections

A wide variety of automotive industry service providers support our students with work experience and also provide employment opportunities such as:
  • Appco Auto Parts
  • Repco
  • Sulco
  • SP Tools

Learning Facilities

Automotive Workshops at Palmerston North, Wairarapa and Whanganui campuses.

Domestic Entry Requirements

This programme has open entry, but a current and appropriate driver's license is recommended.

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants:

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Certificate in Automotive Engineering comprises 120 credits.

An ability to work with one’s hands or the completion of study in related materials technology areas would be an advantage. 

It is recommended that students would have met the literacy and numeracy requirements of NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

To successfully complete this programme, students need to be aware of the physical demands required for this career pathway. Students must supply their own equipment as specified in the Student Handbook. This qualification has an embedded award, the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Entry Skills) (Level 2) (Automotive Electrical and Mechanical strand).

Course Information

  • Workshop Administration and Self Management
  • Engine Service 1
  • Engine Service 2
  • Under Body Service 1
  • Under Body Service 2
  • Vehicle Electrics 1
  • Vehicle Electrics 2
  • Vehicle Electrics 3
  • Vehicle Electrics 4
  • Workshop Engineering
  • Workshop Safety


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.