NZ Diploma in Engineering (Electronics) (TK1504) Level 6



The NZDE (Electronics) is a level 6, 240 credit qualification.

  • Programme content is structured into 16 courses (12 compulsory plus 4 electives) All courses are of 15 credit value
  • Five of the compulsory courses are common to the mechanical, electrical, electronics and civil diplomas
  • Ownership of the NZDE qualification rests with The NZ Board for Engineering Diplomas (NZBED).

The NZ Diploma in Engineering (Electronics) undertaken on a full-time basis takes about 2 years to complete, depending on a student’s entry level.

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.

Please note - NZIHT does not offer all of the courses required to complete the NZ Diploma in Engineering – Electronics strand. The courses that are not currently offered by NZIHT for the Electronics strand may be developed and delivered if sufficient demand arises. Students will need to complete this qualification by studying the remaining courses at another provider of this qualification. The Electronics Strand is not offered to International Students.


A Career in Electrical Engineering

The NZDE (Electronics) prepares a student for a career in the electronics industry - 

  • apply engineering theory to practice working within well-defined* engineering problems relevant to their specialist field of electronic engineering 
  • use their engineering knowledge to make informed problem solving
  • identify, evaluate and manage risks within well-defined* engineering problems relevant to their field of electronic engineering

*Well-defined engineering problems can be solved in standardised ways, are frequently encountered and hence familiar to most practitioners in the specialist area, have consequences that are locally important but not far-reaching and can be resolved using limited theoretical knowledge but normally require extensive practical knowledge.

Admission Criteria

Minimum Academic Entry Criteria

For entry to this programme, applicants are required to have:

  • NCEA Level 2*, and
  • A minimum total of 48 credits at level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics (preferably achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry), or
  • equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge), or
  • equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience

*including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at level 1 or higher (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013)

English Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum entry criteria, those applicants for whom English is a second language (including International students) must meet the IELTS overall language requirement:

  • Overall Band Score (Academic) of 6.0 IELTS, with no individual score less than 5.5, or equivalent.

Life skills/work experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme 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.

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.

Special Admission Criteria

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for admission as above may be admitted to the programme if they undertake the Certificate in Engineering Technology and successfully complete the prescribed requirements.


Applicants wishing to enrol for the NZ Diploma in Engineering (Electronics) must complete the Entry Application Form and return it with supporting documentation to the Programme Coordinator for evaluation.

Following the review 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 for WITT 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. 

2018 Course Fees                  

$728.29 including GST per course

Programme Structure

At the lower levels of study, students receive a fundamental grounding in engineering principles and practice. This broad-based grounding is extended at higher levels in specialist fields.

The length of Study blocks varies according to the level, content and complexity of the individual courses.

CLICK HERE for the Table 1 – NZ Diploma in Engineering (Electronics)

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 (NZIHTCMS).

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

This method of delivery enables candidates 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 about 4 to 5 years.

The current venues where Study Blocks are delivered, subject to demand, are Hamilton, Christchurch, Auckland and Palmerston North. Other venues will be considered based on demand.

Block Course Format

The learning activities for each course comprise the following components:

  1. Contact session(s), referred to as Study Blocks, totalling between 5 and 8 days approximately, normally broken into two blocks of equal duration per course.
  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

Students accepted onto the Programme need independent access to the internet. NZIHT has introduced a Course Management System Website (CMS) to facilitate the interaction between fellow students, tutors and administrators of the NZ Dip Eng (Electronics) Programme.

The address is

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. 


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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

Cross Credit (CC)

Application towards one qualification of credit gained for another qualification at the same institution.

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 it to the Programme Coordinator. Attach any additional information or documents (e.g. CV) that may assist the Programme Coordinator in determining your eligibility, possible exemptions and which courses you should enrol for.

This is a pre-enrolment process.

Once a students eligibility has been confirmed, they 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


Tel :     06 759 7065

e-mail :



Study Block Schedule - 2018

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Programme Information

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