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What will I learn?

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in engineering

This six-month programme is designed to build your skills for long term academic and career success by ensuring the essential layers of learning are in place. It covers a variety of subjects aimed at preparing you for the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4 and then on to the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering with options in Civil, Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical.

You will take core courses designed to equip you with fundamental academic and mathematical skills, then a selection of courses specifically required to advance in your chosen pathway.

Career opportunities

This certificate will prepare you for further study by developing your basic and general academic skills before you embark on full time diploma or degree programmes.

Study pathways

The Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 3 (Engineering Pre-Pathway) leads directly to the Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4, which is required to enrol in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology and the Diploma in Engineering.

Study options

Full Time (19 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ$10,595.00 (US$ 7,510) per year
NZ $10,595 for the entire course
Start date

21 February 2022


Ara Institute of Canterbury

City Campus,

130 Madras Street,


Christchurch Central,

8011, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

This programme has open entry. English language requirements apply.

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5.0


TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 35 or higher (with a writing score of 14)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.