NZ Certificate in Telecommunications (Level-3)


Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has partnered with Shift E-tec to provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge to enter the telecommunications industry as a maintenance, Core Network, Radio or provisioning technician.

This qualification replaced the New Zealand Certificate in Telecommunications (Level 3) with strands in Access Network Technologies, Core Network Technologies, Radio/Wireless Technologies, and Signals and Communications [Ref: 2210].

Note: The course cost is $3,551 (regardless of strand selected).

*Note prices are inclusive of GST and are subject to change without notice.

What you’ll learn

Overall this course will provide you with the ability to:

  • Co-ordinate and scope telecommunication sites while managing stakeholder and client expectations and relationships.

  • Apply safe work practices and meet industry standards when working on telecommunication networks, including operation of plant and equipment.


Students will also gain the following specialised skills for the strand chosen to specialise in.


Graduates of the Copper Network Maintenance strand will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of copper telecommunication network transmission theory during transmission and repair to meet industry standards.

  • Install, locate, test and service copper network to protect and restore the copper telecommunications network.


Graduates of the Optical Fibre Network strand will also able to:

  • Apply knowledge of optical fibre theory during build, provisioning and repair of the telecommunications network to meet industry standards.

  • Install, locate, test and service fibre network to protect and restore the fibre telecommunications network.


Graduates of the Transmission strand will also able to:

Apply optical Ethernet and transmission technology theory and practices during installation and repair.

Entry Requirements

Applicants need:


NCEA Level 1

  • 10 credits in Mathematics; and

  • 10 credits in English; and

  • 14 credits in General Science or Physics


OR equivalent qualifications or experience


Other requirements

Applicants must be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme. You should be able to work effectively, efficiently and safely in a trade workshop/work site, at height or in confined spaces.


Provisional Entry

Students aged 20 years and older who do not hold the minimum entry requirements will be eligible for enrolment where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who are under the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.


*Drug and alcohol testing may be required in some sectors of this industry

Course Information and dates

Availability: This course has flexible enrolment, you can start anytime.

Duration: Full-time learners will take approximately 9 months to complete.

Part-time learners will take approximately 12-18 months to complete.

For more information: Contact Carine Vaccari on or 022 568 6671

Enrolment: All enrolments are processed through Shift E-tec on behalf of MIT. Please contact 0800 030 500 or

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