It's that time of year again. We are kicking off the 2018 Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge and we have 30k worth of prizes up for grabs. This competition is open to ALL electrical apprentices with less than 45months on-job training. Dates and info below.

Competition details

There are two main categories to compete in, they are:

  • Industrial
  • Commercial/residential


Competition briefs/testing description release date:

  • Two weeks prior to each preliminary regional event



  • Start 8.30am - 9am
  • Morning tea (provided) 10am
  • Lunch (provided) 12pm
  • Afternoon tea (provided) 2.30pm
  • Finish/Winners announced 4.30pm -5pm


There are 10 preliminary regional events (Auckland will have two dates – you will compete on either day 1 or day 2):

  • Invercargill
  • Dunedin
  • Christchurch
  • Wellington
  • Napier
  • Wanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Hamilton
  • Auckland
  • Auckland


There is one final competition:

  • Queenstown - at our annual Master Electricians Conference in October


Tool requirement for competitions:

  • Industrial competitors will need to bring along their tool belt and testing equipment
  • Commercial/residential will need to bring their tool belt, 20mm & 25mm bending springs, conduit cutters and testing equipment


Judging Criteria:

  • Industrial Technical Skills
  • Domestic/Commercial Technical Skills
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Best Practice Application
  • Workmanship Quality



  • Braven bluetooth speakers - Learn and win prizes x 4
  • Back pack full of freebies(tools, clothing, electronics etc.) - Everyone who competes
  • Hobeca Tool Kit & $250 Cash - Prelim winners
  • All expenses paid trip to Queenstown in October - Finalists
  • Free suit from Halenstines/ Money towards fancy dress attire - Finalists
  • $1000 Cash + Mystery grand prize - Overall category winners
  • 1 year Master Electricians Membership subscription - Overall category winners host companies

Regional Competitions:


Invercargill - 18th July, 8.30am - 5pm
EIS, 24 Onslow Street, Invercargill 9840


Dunedin - 20th July, 8.30am - 5pm
Etco, 8 Jutland Street, Dunedin


Christchurch - 24th July, 8.30am - 5pm
Horncastle Arena, Master Electricians Trade Show


Wellington - 27th July, 8.30am - 5pm
Etco, Level 1, 145 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington 6144


Hawkesbay(Napier) - 30th July, 8.30am - 5pm
EIT  Hawkes Bay Campus 501 Gloucester Street, Taradale Napier 4112


Wanganui - 1st August, 8.30am - 5pm
J.A. Russell Ltd Building, 63 Wilson Street Wanganui

New Plymouth - 3rd August, 8.30am - 5pm

Western Institute of Technology of Taranaki, 20 Bell Street, New Plymouth


Waikato - 6th August, 8.30am - 5pm
J.A. Russell 671 TE Rapa Rd, Te Rapa Hamilton 3200


Auckland - 8th & 9th August, 8.30am - 5pm
Etco 24A Allright Place, Mt Wellington, Auckland 1060


Final Competition:

Queenstown - 24th - 27th October
Rydges Hotel