Certificate in Engineering Technology (TK1003) Level 4


Please Note

The last date for new enrolments on to the Certificate in Engineering Technology is 28th February 2019.

This programme is being phased out and needs to be completed by the end of Semester 2, 2019.


This certificate aims to provide a good grounding in engineering science and technical methods.

Depending on the strand chosen graduates will gain broad knowledge covering one of the following areas:

  • Core engineering

  • Civil engineering 

  • Highway engineering

Certificate courses give a good foundation for further engineering studies at Level 5 and 6:

  • NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil)

  • NZ Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)

  • NZ Diploma in Engineering (Electronics)

Graduates of this Programme may be employed in the civil infrastructure industry in various roles such as engineering cadet, worksite team leader and assistant project engineer.

NZIHT, through the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT), offers this programme on a part time basis using a mixed-mode delivery format. This method of delivery caters specifically for the needs of students who are unable to attend a conventional full-time programme. More details on the method of delivery are given below. 

Graduate Profile

Strand A:  Core Engineering Courses

A graduate from this Programme will be able to:

  • use a wide range of knowledge to display an understanding of technical literacy,  engineering communication and interpersonal communication skills relevant to civil and mechanical engineering industries
  • identify and evaluate information from a variety of sources, including technical specifications, engineering standards and codes of practice
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic engineering drawing techniques and standards to communicate and present ideas
  • demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental mathematical and engineering science skills required to engage in higher level diploma studies  


Strand B:  Highway Engineering Courses

A graduate from this Programme will be able to:

  • apply engineering knowledge and skills to measure, estimate, calculate, investigate and plan general civil engineering projects of moderate scope
  • identify and evaluate information from a variety of documents including technical specifications, engineering standards and codes of practice
  • relate theory to the solution of standard and non-standard engineering problems of moderate scope in a highway engineering environment
  • be accountable for the quality and quantity of their own work output and on occasions take responsibility for the work output of others
  • demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental highway engineering skills required to engage in higher level diploma studies in this discipline


Strand C:  Civil Engineering Courses

A graduate from this Programme will be able to:

  • apply engineering knowledge and skills to measure, estimate, calculate, investigate and plan general civil engineering projects of moderate scope
  • identify and evaluate information from a variety of documents including technical specifications, engineering standards and codes of practice
  • relate theory to the solution of standard and non-standard engineering problems of moderate scope in a civil engineering environment
  • be accountable for the quality and quantity of their own work output and on occasions take responsibility for the work output of others. 

Courses within this Programme may be credited towards a higher level diploma programme of study.

Entry Criteria

Academic Achievement

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

  • 48 or more credits at NCEA Level 1, and must include NCEA Level 1 requirements for Literacy and Numeracy ; and/or
  • Equivalent NQF Unit Standards
  • Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed such tests of English language competence as detailed in Policy and Procedure English Language Proficiency.

Life Skills/Work Experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the Programme of study if they are able to demonstrate:

  • Equivalent knowledge and skills; and/or
  • Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
  • Other formal or informal study

such as to suggest likelihood of successful Programme completion.

Selection criteria

Entry to the Programme will be in order of receipt of enrolments by applicants who meet the entry criteria above.

Applicants who seek entry to the programme under the Life Skills/Work Experience clause of the entry criteria above, may be required to attend an interview, and/or supply references or other supporting documentation.


Following evaluation of the applications by the Programme Coordinator each applicant will be informed in writing of the result. There is a requirement that applicants accepted onto the Programme must complete a Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) Enrolment form.

Applicants will receive access to be able to complete the Enrolment Form when they are notified of their acceptance onto the Programme.

Please note a student is confirmed onto the Programme when NZIHT has received the Enrolment Form from the student. A confirmation email with the Programme Regulations and Student Handbook will be sent to the student once enrolled.

Prior to the start of the first study block students will have access on the NZIHT Course Management System (CMS) to the electronic course notes and course information sheet/s. 

Programme Structure

Students must elect to do one or more of the following certificate strands:

  • Core Engineering
  • Highways Engineering
  • Civil Engineering


CLICK HERE for Schedule of Courses.

2019 Course Fees

The cost of each course is $740 including GST.

Programme length

This is a 20 week, full-time programme of study which can also be completed part time over two years.

Method of Delivery

Block Courses

A combination of contact sessions, called Study Blocks, and structured self-directed study is used to deliver the programme. The self-directed study component is undertaken in the student’s own time at home with the aid of course notes and a proposed work programme. Interaction with the course presenter as and when required is via e-mail or telephone.  Interaction with the course presenter and fellow students can also be made through the Course Management System website (NZIHT CMS).

The length of the Study Blocks varies according to the nature of individual courses.

This method of delivery enables students to acquire the qualification on a part-time basis. A person in full-time employment, who is willing to work hard should be able to undertake on average 2 courses per semester. On this basis the programme can be completed in 1 to 2 years.

The current venues where Study Blocks are delivered, subject to demand, are Hamilton, Christchurch, Auckland  and Palmerston North.

Block Course Format

The learning activities for each course comprise the following components:

1. Contact session(s), referred to as Study Blocks, totalling between 3 and 7 days approximately,  normally broken into two blocks of equal duration per course.  (3 Study Block for CET3.002 Mathematics Introduction and CET4.112 Mathematics 1)

2.  Structured self-directed study involving Self Evaluation Exercises and Assignments.

3.  Final Examination.

These programmes are delivered using a mixed-mode delivery model. The key elements of the model are study blocks and tutor-directed self-study. Tutor-directed self-study are the parts of the course which you do in your own time BEFORE and AFTER attending study blocks. In this model the study blocks serve the purpose of supporting the tutor-directed self-study components of the course.

It is compulsory for students  to attend all Study Blocks in their courses.  The Study Blocks are especially critical to NZIHT’s mode of delivery.

In the first instance if a Student cannot attend a Study Block, NZIHT will attempt to change the Student to an alternative venue. If an alternative venue cannot be found, the Student is required to apply to the Academic Programme Leader to be exempted from study block attendance.  This will only be granted if the student can provide satisfactory evidence that he/she will not be disadvantaged by non-attendance of the study block eg on the basis of previous study (only if the student has achieved not less than 65% for any courses completed to date) or relevant recent work experience.

If the Academic Programme Leader does not grant an exemption or is not able, in agreement with student, to provide an alternative arrangement for the Study Block material to be satisfactorily covered then the student will be required to withdraw from the course or have the course transferred to another semester. Refunds of course fees or transfer of course fees will be assessed on a case by case basis and will be dependent on the time that withdrawal or transfer takes place.

Course Management System

Applicants accepted onto the Programme find it useful to have independent access to the internet.   NZIHT has introduced a Course Management System Website (CMS for short) to facilitate the interaction between fellow students, tutors and administrators.

The address is https://www.nzihtcms.co.nz/

CMS is a website where:

  • Administration staff post some of the admin resources commonly required by the student and communicates logistics, including venue and timetable information
  • Students can ask course related questions of the course presenters
  • Course presenters can discuss course related matters or disseminate additional information 
  • Question-and-answer discussion trails (discussion forum) can be facilitated among members of a class group (including the course presenter)
  • Marks for tests and assignments are posted during the progress of courses

On acceptance into the programme students are provided with a user name and password to gain access to the site and its facilities.


RPL refers to the practice of receiving applications for credit towards qualifications offered by WITT for formal or informal learning obtained elsewhere, and determining the suitability of the evidence received to warrant the award of credit towards a qualification awarded by WITT. RPL may take the following forms:

Assessment of Prior Learning (APL)

Formally acknowledges the value of a student’s prior learning, whether formal or informal, by assessing that prior learning for the purpose of considering the granting of credit towards a unit of learning, course or programme in which a student wishes to enrol.

Credit Transfer (CT)

Credit for a course where the exact same course has been completed at another provider. Formal evidence must be provided by the student to indicate that they hold the relevant result.  NB: If the other provider’s course outcomes do not exactly match the WITT course learning outcomes the application is to be treated as an Assessment of Prior Learning (APL).

Evidence of Prior Learning

Evidence of competency in the relevant Learning Outcomes must be provided to support an application for APL or CT. This evidence may include but is not exclusive to:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Course Documents
  • Assessed Work
  • Challenge Test set by the faculty (ie demonstration of skill or examination of knowledge)
  • Portfolio of drawings and/or supporting documents as evidence of relevant work experience

How to Apply for RPL

A formal application process must be entered into by the student in order to gain such a credit (an application fee is payable). The Academic Programme Leader can give an opinion on the likelihood of success but all applications are subject to approval.

Discuss the application for RPL and the costs involved in the assessment of the RPL application with the Programme Coordinator.


How to Apply

Complete the Entry Application Form and send to the Programme Coordinator. Attach copies of results from school and tertiary education and any additional information or documents (e.g. CV) that may assist the Programme Coordinator in determining your eligibility, possibilities for recognition of prior learning (RPL) and which courses you should enrol for. This is a pre-enrolment process.

Once eligibility has been confirmed, students will receive log in details for the Course Management System (CMS) to complete the Enrolment Form. 

Enrolment Form Submission Periods:

Semester 1 courses: Enrolments are accepted until late January.

Students may enrol for semester 1 & 2 at the start of the year.

Semester 2 courses: Enrolments are accepted until mid July


Contact Details for Enquiries

Programme Coordinator


PO Box 4273

New Plymouth 4340

Telephone: 06 759 7065

Email: admin@nziht.co.nz


Study Block Schedule - 2019

Click Here for the 2019 Timetable - Semester 1 and 2

Programme Information

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