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Electrical Service Technician

Electrical Service Technician

The Electrical Service Technician qualification allows the holder to connect and disconnect directly connected appliances and/or equipment from the fixed wiring.

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Quick info

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 6 consecutive Fridays

04 Nov 2022 - 09 Dec 2022

Domestic Fees: *
$653.00 + $85.00 EWRB feeScholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Individuals who complete this course are eligible to sit the Electrical Service Technician (Formerly ESTB) examination. The course meets the requirements of the theory and practical assessment component of the qualification.


Students must have completed the Electrical Appliance Serviceperson (formerly ESTA) course before enrolling in the Electrical Service Technician course.

The types of work an Electrical Service Technician is permitted to carry out are:

  • the maintenance of fittings that are connected to conductors used in works or electrical installations; and
  • the maintenance of appliances; and
  • the disconnection and connection of fittings and appliances from and to a power supply, other than by means of a plug or pin inserted into a socket, or an appliance coupler inserted into an appliance inlet; for the purpose of the maintenance of those fittings; and
  • the testing of work described above
  • the certification of work described above
  • the supervision of any work described above.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

The New Zealand Government COVID-19 Mandate Order requires the following workers to be vaccinated: 

  • health and disability sector workers
  • prison staff
  • border and MIQ workers.

As well as that, private companies and organisations have the right to require staff to be vaccinated.

Therefore, to go on placement or an internship that is a part of your programme, you must meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements. You can see more information on UCOL's Covid-19 page and on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.

How to Enrol
To apply for EAS complete the UCOL Enrolment Form and the EWRB Practical Application Form.

Please note that the places are limited.

 Career & Study Outcomes

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Electricians.

 Advice & Guidance

As UCOL becomes Te Pūkenga on 1 January 2023, learners enrolling in a programme that is likely to continue into semester 1 2023 or starting in semester 1 2023 will become Te Pūkenga learners. They will receive their qualification from Te Pūkenga on completion.

In New Zealand all people who engage in prescribed electrical work, must be registered or covered by the provisions under the Electricity Act 1992, or the Electrical (Safety) Regulations 2010.

UCOL provides courses to prepare students in obtaining these certificates. It is necessary for a student to pass a theory examination and to be assessed in a number of practical skills as set out by the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB). However, you must complete 18 months practical training requirements to gain the full qualification.

This page is for people enrolling on the Electrical Service Technician(EST) course. 

Electrical Workers Registration Board Examinations
Note that UCOL no longer does the examination for this. Please refer to the EWRB examinations page (external organisation). All candidates apply and pay online with ASPEQ.