FAQ - Courses

  1. 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.

  2. You will then need to contact a funding body such as the 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. You cannot study at etco* without a Training Agreement.

  3. Confirm on your Training Agreement that you would like to study with etco*. The ITO will then inform us of your decision.

  4. We will then send you out enrolment details with a course fee structure.

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Unfortunately no.

We are not ministry-funded and therefore are not able to contact Study Link or other Student Loans companies on your behalf.

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.

Firstly you will need to contact the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB). Ultimately 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.

Only the EWRB can confirm which courses you require for registration.

Please note that 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.

Contact info for the EWRB:

86 Customhouse Quay

PO Box 10-156


New Zealand

Phone no.: 0800 66 1000

At the top right-hand side of our website is a tab called 'LOGIN'.

  • Click on it to open out the different log-in options. 
  • Click on 'Student Records'
  • Your log-in details will have been sent to you at the bottom of your nightclass confirmation letter.
  • If you no longer have this letter, please contact us on 0800 275 3826 and we can provide you with this information again.

For our Registration and Service Technician courses, the following is inclusive:

  • All necessary books and papers
  • EWRB exam fee

You will receive your books on the first day/night of your course.

Yes you can.

We will always provide replacements but there is a fee attached to getting these.

As of 1st February 2012 the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) has changed the format of the Safety Refresher. Electrical workers must now complete Competency-based units so etco* is offering a new type of 'hands-on' practical course called the Master Electricians (previously ECANZ) Competency Course. Click here for more details.

Please note that this course is designed for electricians and electrical apprentices.

If you are new to the country, you may need to undertake a full-day safety course. Currently we are unable to offer these.

Once you have filled the form in and ensured that you have signed and dated it, please send it to your local training centre. Click on the relevant Training Centre below for details:

Please note that etco* has a sitting fee additional to the EWRB fee stipulated on the application form. If you are unsure of this cost, please contact us on 0800 275 3826.

Please do not send your form to the EWRB. They will not accept your application.

Yes you can.

However, the EWRB has certain criteria as stated on their examination application forms.

The EWRB states that:

"To enter a written examination, you must have completed a tuition course with an approved training provider."

etco* will need to see evidence that you have completed a course if you have done this tuition with another provider.