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If you are considering undertaking an apprenticeship with us you'll need:

  • 8 credits in NCEA Level 2 (or more in each subject) in Maths, English and Science (preferably an industry related science).
  • to have a minimum of a restricted manual drivers licence and a car
  • at least New Zealand Residency
  • good colour vision.

We accept adult applications so get in touch using the form below.

You can register your interest with us if you fulfill the requirements listed above and you’re keen to start an electrical apprenticeship with Etco. 

If you have any questions at all, big or small, call us on 0800 275 3826

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What will I study?

A typical Electrical Apprenticeship is 3 years & 9 months - 3 years of off-job training, concurrently with 3 years & 9 months of on-job training.

An apprenticeship is a combination of two types of training.

On-Job Training

This happens as part of your day to day work. It involves working with and assisting a registered electrician and being shown how to do the job. By watching, learning and progressively doing more of the job yourself, you will reach a level of competence where you can do the job unaided.

Off-Job Training

It is important that you understand not only HOW to do the job competently and safely, but also WHY it must be done a certain way. This is done by completing courses of study and ultimately sitting EWRB Electrical Theory and Regulations exams in your final year. This will involve study at home and attending Etco evening classes and block courses. You will complete on-going assignments, assessments and final examinations.

By the time you have finished your 3 years & 9 months of training you will have gained:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4)
  • Electrician’s Registration issued by the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

Please note that under the Electricity Act, an electrician must have an Electrician’s Registration (not just NZCEE) in order to carry out electrical work for reward.