Studying for and completing a higher level qualification can lead on to greater success and satisfaction in the workplace for both the learner and their employer. New challenges and a higher level of knowledge and skills could be just what you or your business needs.

Competenz offers two additional learning programmes for Mechanical Engineering beyond apprenticeships. Both offer the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills and to gain a certified and nationally recognised qualification.

Qualifications available

The NZDEP offers learners:

  • an advanced level of knowledge and skills
  • development of practical competence and knowledge
  • on-the-job training
  • guidance from experienced engineers and assessors
  • the opportunity to build on theory learnt in the NZDE (or equivalent)

Completing this qualification will ensure:

  • you have the skill level of a Practising Engineering Technician
  • certification as a registered Certified Engineering Technician (CertETn)
  • you have Associate membership of IPENZ
  • professional credibility

Consider the NZDEP if you are interested in:

  • gaining professional recognition of your knowledge and skills
  • working at the standard expected of a practicing engineering technician
  • being registered as a Certified Engineering Technician (CertETn) with IPENZ
  • starting your professional engineering career
  • continuing to further university study in the future

 To enrol into the NZDEP:

  • you must be working in the industry and
  • have completed or be in the last 18 months of completing a NZ Diploma in Engineering (NZDE), or another relevant diploma.

Outline of the NZDEP 


  • Hold or be studying for the NZDE or equivalent in mechanical engineering.

The aim:

  • To develop your career and record your practical work competencies so you can demonstrate your achievement of them and have them recognised by the NZDEP.

The course itself:

  • Supported by a programme guide and a workbook you will gather evidence of work done to meet the requirements of the qualification. Work with approved mentors, verifiers and IPENZ registered assessors.
  • Produce: A Portfolio of Evidence as the basis for your assessment. It will show the range of tasks to complete, evidence needed and supporting information.


  • Be recognised by IPENZ and gain associate membership. Hold registration as a certified engineering technician (CertETn). Start your professional career.

There are 5 compulsory unit standards which are gained by showing competency on-the-job:

  • professional and ethical behaviour
  • practical competency as an engineering technician
  • identification and analysis of engineering problems
  • development , implementation and application of solutions for engineering problems
  • application of risk management

NZQA qualification overview. NZDEP Level 6