NZQA Level 6 Diploma in a relevant engineering discipline, or an approved equivalent, is the minimum prerequisite qualification requirement for starting the journey of becoming a Waka Kotahi (NZTA)-approved heavy vehicle certifying engineer (NB: NZCE and Diploma of Engineering have been replaced by NZDE & NZDEP)
If you are opting to gain your qualification extramurally so you can continue working while obtaining it, choosing higher level qualifications will prepare you better and enable you to more easily transition to BE(Hons)Mech later if you wish. To this end, subsequent qualifications and pathways have been detailed further down in Options to help you make an informed decision incorporating your ongoing career aspirations in heavy vehicle engineering.
Suggested Contacts / Further Information
- The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) depiction of the relationship between Levels 1-8. Select Mechanical Engineer from the list of professions
- Engineering to Employment (E2E) helpful advice and information
- The New Zealand Government: Careers. Search ‘Mechanical Engineer’
- Engineering New Zealand: Engineering Qualifications