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Frequently Asked Questions

Apprentice FAQs

You will need to have an employer that is suitable to sign off your on-job units. Your on-job units are the practical skills that you learn in your day-to-day work as an electrical apprentice.

You will then need to contact a funding body such as The Skills Organisation or the Electrical Supply Industry Training Organisation (ESITO) to set up a Training Agreement. These organisations will part-sponsor your course fees however currently (as of September 2020) all of your course fees are free. You cannot study at Etco without a Training Agreement.

Please confirm in your Training Agreement that you would like to study with Etco. The ITO will then inform us of your decision. Once we have received notification of your enrolment from the ITO, we will send you an email confirming your enrolment with us, and outlining your study programme, times, dates and venue. 

Etco choose to train our apprentices right from day one. We will train you from beginning to end, to ensure we give you the best possible training and experience. We need you to meet our minimum requirements of eight credits in each of L2 English, Maths and an industry-related Science, and  we will then proceed with your apprentice application from there.  If you do not meet the academic requirements detailed above, then our Electrical Engineering foundation programme may spark your interest. This is a full-time (three days a week) one-year programme covering Levels 2 & 3 of the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering, and leads to many exciting pathways in the electrical industry. We’ve made it three days a week so students can study and work throughout the year. Our foundation programme will also put you at the front of the queue to potentially begin your electrical apprenticeship with Etco. Applicants who do a pre-trade course with a different provider than Etco will need to sit aptitude tests.


Absolutely! Please click on the 'Apply Now' button on any of our apprenticeship pages and complete the online enrolment form today. 

 This depends on the workloads or the projects of the host company you are placed with. Overtime rates will be discussed with you at the time of the placement. 

On the completion of each 12 months working, providing you are progressing satisfactorily through your apprenticeship. Pay increases are in recognition of the increasing value you provide your host company as you progress through your apprenticeship.

Your dedicated Etco Apprentice Coordinator will manage your apprenticeship from start to completion, including finding suitable work placements for you locally and regionally. Etco will ensure that you gain a full range of domestic, commercial and industrial experience during your apprenticeship. 

Yes, Etco provides a comprehensive starter toolkit with professional trade-quality tools. This ensures conformity and the quality of the tools you will be using. You can add to that as you progress.

The New Zealand registered qualification is an internationally recognised and well-regarded qualification in most places around the world. 

Etco or your host company will provide all the personal protection equipment you need – including work boots and overalls. And we’ll replace any PPE that is damaged or worn out on a fair wear-and-tear basis.

Yes! We encourage all our apprentices to enter the annual Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge. This enables you to test your skills and knowledge against your electrical peers in friendly competition.

There is also the Etco Apprentice of the Year event, with nominations coming from the Apprenticeship Coordinators. The criteria is based on your achievements throughout the year; on-job, off job, host feedback and exams results all being considered. 

Graduations are also held at the end of every quarter to celebrate our apprentices’ success on completion of their 45-month apprenticeship. This will be held on a regional basis where applicable.

There are no fees to pay during your Etco apprenticeship – because we pay them for you. If you are enrolling for our Level 3 foundation course, you may be eligible for fees free. If not, then you can apply for a student loan.

Yes, we require all our apprentices to have good colour vision so we can be assured that they will be safe on the worksite.

Hosting FAQs

Hosts take on Etco apprentices for a number of reasons depending on their circumstances. The primary reasons are that hosting reduces cost, reduces risk and reduces stress. Ask the Etco team for more information.

With seven days’ notice, the apprentice can be returned to Etco and reassigned to a new host. 

Your Apprentice Coordinator will be happy to work with you on this. Coordinators carry out quarterly reviews for all apprentices and are on hand for any questions or queries you may have at any time during your hosting of an Etco apprentice. You will also have access to Etco’s portals to monitor academic and work experience progress – and night class attendance!


This is one of the financial benefits of hosting an Etco apprentice, we pay for all the above! 


Training Courses FAQs

Our Foundation course is a full-time course, that is currently Fees Free. If you are not eligible for Fees Free, you can apply for a student loan via Studylink. The rest of our courses offered are all part-time study so do not qualify for student loans. 

Our minimum requirement to study with Etco is that you must have a work permit that is valid until at least the end of your course. Alternatively, if you are a New Zealand Resident or Citizen, we would just require a photocopy of your passport. 

You will first need to contact the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB). They will be registering you and issuing you with a practising licence to work. You will have to submit to them:  

  • Evidence of qualifications completed  
  • Evidence of course(s) completed  
  • Evidence of work experience including details of work done, hours served etc.  

EWRB will then be able to confirm to you, which courses you are required to complete to gain registration in New Zealand  

You must be either a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand resident to enrol on an EWRB Registration course with Etco. A copy of your passport must be provided with your enrolment.  

Click here for contact info for the EWRB.  

Once EWRB has advised you what course(s) you need to complete, click here to book online, or call our friendly Training Administrators on 0800 275 3826 for further assistance.  



You won't need to buy textbooks because we have made all our NZ Certificate of Electrical Engineering course work online 

We offer the Safe Working Practices course. There is some online learning to be done before attending on our two-day inhouse course, comprised of a full day of first aid and a practical assessment. This fulfils the requirements of anyone applying for a trainee or provisional licence. 

Yes you can, just tell your employer or ITO account manager you want to switch to Etco – or tell us – and you will be switched over. We’ll then contact you with details.