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Virtual Training Now Available

Virtual Training Now Available

Virtual Training Now Available

E-tec is happy to announce that we’re now offering a range of electrical courses in an innovative, new virtual format. This will make training more convenient and accessible for people throughout the country and ensure people can still meet the EWRB’s requirements, even if they can’t get into a classroom.


Courses available in the new online format

    How the virtual courses work

    All three of these courses are EWRB approved, so just like the face-to-face courses you’ll be able to prepare for your exams with proper professional support, the difference is that you can do it from home or the office instead of a classroom.

    The courses have been designed to keep people engaged, keep learning on track and also mimic the type of learning you would do in the real world. This is achieved through a mix of video chats, live and interactive classroom-like presentations, slides, chats and screen sharing. You’ll be able to see and hear your course tutors in real time, as well as ask questions and talk to other students. Better yet, in courses where it’s applicable, you’ll be able to get close up views of live demonstrations.


    How to sign up

    Signing up is easy. Just choose the course you want to do i.e. Electrical Regulations, Electrician’s Theory or Electrical Installer Theory and make your booking using the enrolment button. Then when your booking is being processed our staff will ask you if you’d prefer to learn in the classroom or virtually. The costs for virtual and classroom-based courses is the same, and this fee includes the cost for your EWRB exam.

    If you have any questions or would like to find out more send a message here or call us on 0800 030 500.

    Night classes at E-tec

    Night classes at E-tec

    Night Classes at E-tec

    We run a series of night classes here at E-tec that allow busy electricians to fit their training in around their busy schedules.

      Electrical Regulations and Electricians Theory Exam Preparation Courses

      Electrical Regulations night classes are held on Tuesday evenings, while and Electricians Theory classes are held on Wednesday evenings.

      Night classes run one night a week for 10 weeks, starting at 5.15pm and finishing at 9.15pm.

      EWRB exams are also now available six days a week, giving increased flexibility to those with busy working lives.

      To find out about the next intake of night courses or to register your interest in a particular course contact us via admin@etec.ac.nz or call us on 0800 030 500.

        Why Plumbers Should Get Their Associated Tradesperson Licence

        Why Plumbers Should Get Their Associated Tradesperson Licence

        Why Plumbers Should Get Their Associated Tradesperson Licence

        We’ve all been there. You’re installing a hot water cylinder or zip in a client’s kitchen and it needs to be wired up to mains electricity before you can complete the job. It might seem quicker, easier and more cost efficient for you to do the wiring yourself instead of bringing in a sparkie, but if you don’t have the right licence you could find yourself in some serious hot water (no pun intended).


        Why do you need the licnece?

        A plumber or gasfitter who does on-premises wiring, without the correct licence is breaking the law, risking public safety and could be in for some hefty fines if caught. The simple act of connecting or disconnecting fittings to, or from a power supply could be making you a criminal – Something many people don’t even realise!

        The Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) regulates all electrical work carried out by trades people. This means that you will need to hold an Associated Tradesperson Licence to complete this type of work legally and safely.

        The Associated Tradesperson Licence allows a plumber or gasfitter to connect or disconnect fittings to, or from, a power supply when working under 250 volts and 16 amperes. This work can only be done in relation to their trade. The licence also allows the tradesperson to test their own electrical work and certify and supervise particular electrical work (excluding any work done in mining operations). 

        There are serious repercussions for any unlicensed work – for good reason. Those performing unlicensed work could end up with fines as high as $50,000 for individuals, $250,000 for companies, and/or time in court.


        So, what can you do?

        The good news is that it’s simple to get licensed. To get licensed you just need to:

        • be a registered plumber or gasfitter with the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Board (PGDB)
        • pass an EWRB-approved Associated Tradespersons’ theory exam
        • pass an EWRB-approved Associated Tradespersons’ practical assessment
        • complete approved safety training within the prescribed time frame.

        E-tec is a specialist training provider for electrical work and providers for the EWRB approved Associate Tradesperson courses and practical assessments. E-tec’s Associated Tradesperson course allows plumbers and gasfitters nationwide to get qualified to carry out authorised electrical work. The course is made up of distance learning before a three-day practical course, followed by an external exam.

        The course runs regularly in Auckland but can be run ‘on request’ in other centres if there are enough enrolments. Contact E-tec to find out more today on 09 573 1964 or email admin@etec.ac.nz.

        For full information on what work the Associated Tradesperson License permits you to carry out, visit the EWRB website.

        Signing up to an Electrical course? Here’s advice on how to improve your chances of passing

        Signing up to an Electrical course? Here’s advice on how to improve your chances of passing

        Signing up to an Electrical course? Here’s advice on how to improve your chances of passing

        There’s nothing more soul destroying than finding out you have to resit an exam. It costs you money, means time off work, you can’t get registered, and let’s face it – No one wants to have to explain they need to do a resit to their boss, mates or wife.

        Passing your electrical exams and getting licensed isn’t easy… and for good reason. It’s a specialist industry, that could have deadly consequences if an electrician gets things wrong or doesn’t understand the theory behind what they’re doing. Here at E-tec we’ve been in the training business a while and as a result have learnt what works and what doesn’t, so we’ve pulled together some tips and advice to help you get the most out of training and pass your exams the first time around. 


        Do your course pre-reading

        Time and time again we see two types of people on our courses. There are those who’ve done the reading, who’re following along with what the tutor is saying, asking good questions and picking up the practical work quickly and easily. Then there are the guys sitting next to them…the ones who are sweating rivers trying to keep up with what’s going on, frantically scribbling down half sentences that don’t make sense and asking questions they already have the answers for. These are the people we know will struggle with the exam.

        It takes a lot of will power to set time aside to do course pre-reading, especially when you’re busy and reading isn’t your favourite past time. Doing the pre-reading means you’ll have context when you do the training, so you can focus on what the tutor is saying and the additional advice they’re giving – something that will pay off big time when it comes to the exam.

        Take notes

        Write down anything you think will be important or useful in the exam. It doesn’t matter if your writing is messy, if you have bad grammar or you make a spelling mistake, the act of writing something down helps commit it to memory and means you have something to read over and study before you go into the exam.


        Check you’ve copied equations correctly

        When copying formulas and equations from the board, it pays to make sure you’ve copied things down correctly and neatly enough for you to read correctly at a later date. This is the one time it needs to be clear if something is a 9 or 4, or if it’s to the power of 3 or 8. Messing up a formula when you write it down can make your life a misery, so take the time to check you’ve got it down correctly.


        Ask questions

        If you’re not sure about something, ask. No one is going to judge you for it. In fact, there are probably two or three other people in the room, who will be silently thanking you for asking the tutor to explain in a bit more detail. Our tutors have seen and heard it all before and they want you to pass, so if in doubt about something, ask, if you want to check you’ve understood something correctly, then you guessed it….Ask. At the end of the day you’re in this for you, so forget about what everyone else thinks and ask the questions you need to – You’ll be glad you did when it comes to exam time.


        Take the time to study

        We know, this sounds about as sexy and exciting as doing the course pre-reading, but here’s the thing – It’s not meant to be fun, it’s meant to fill your head with knowledge, so you can pass your exam and be confident in what you’re doing when you’re out on the job. Read over your notes regularly in the lead up to the exam, get a mate or a colleague to test your knowledge through Q&A and see if you can get someone certified to show you the ropes on practical work or explain things you’re still a but unsure about.


        Follow these tips and tricks and you’ll be setting yourself up for success. Not only will you get more out of your training, you’ll also be much more likely to pass the exam.

        What Covid-19 alert Level 4 means for your training

        What Covid-19 alert Level 4 means for your training

        What Covid 19 alert level 4 means for your training

        All in-person training has been suspended until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 measures.

        All current enrolments will be put on hold and we aim to resume delivery as soon as practicable and safe to do so. E-tec will run additional classes if necessary, to minimise the delays for trainees. We will be in touch to reschedule your training at no extra cost, once the alert level has been downgraded and we can confirm new training dates.

        Aspeq have cancelled all ERWB exams until further notice. As a result, E-tec will hold your fees securely until your exam can be rescheduled. If you choose to withdraw from a course, please contact E-tec directly via admin@shift.org.nz and we will arrange for your withdrawal and refund.

         For all New Zealand Certificate students, online delivery will continue uninterrupted as the tutors will be able to support your learning and assessment activity online. This may be a great opportunity for you to make some solid progress with your studies.

        For the time being, we will continue to accept enrolments for courses commencing in May onwards, however, please be aware that in some cases times and dates may change due to the evolving nature of the current situation.

        Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your individual circumstances via admin@shift.org.nz

        Please rest assured that we will keep you updated. This is an evolving situation and it’s important to us that you know what’s happening and how any changes will affect you. If we have any further updates in the coming days, weeks and months, we will be in touch to let you know.

        Update from the EWRB

        The EWRB has created a series of FAQs which includes information around competence programme cancellations due to the lockdown restrictions and its impact on electrical licensing.