Faculty of Engineering Application for Partial Exemption from Practical Work Hours

Practical work experience is widely considered to be a key point of difference for New Zealand undergraduate engineering degrees. We expect students to continue to use best endeavours to secure the full 800 hours of practical work experience for themselves.

However, the Engineering New Zealand Standards & Accreditation Board is aware of the effect Covid-19 may have had on the ability of students to attain the minimum 800 hours of work practice. They have agreed to grant universities the discretion to waive up to 400 hours of work experience for students who are scheduled to complete all their academic studies (including both component degrees if completing a conjoint) before December 2023.

For students who are only able to secure a minimum 400 hours of work experience over this period, ideally all work will have a direct link to professional engineering or be in an engineering-related industry.


  • Use this application only if Covid-19 has seriously impacted your ability to obtain the mandatory 800 hours of practical work required for your degree and you may be eligible to graduate for the Autumn Graduation in May 2024 or before.
  • Before submitting the form, you must have met all three criteria on the checklist below. If not, we will decline your application.
  • The deadline to submit this form is lunchtime 12 pm Monday, 19 February 2024.
  • The evidence you provide must be sufficient to clearly show your attempts at securing practical work and how you have been seriously affected. Examples of this could be a PDF copy of your application or rejection emails, or evidence of your internship being terminated earlier than planned due to Covid-19 lockdowns. Please note we must be able to see the date, company and personal details. Your evidence must be uploaded with the form.

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Personal Details

Completed means that you passed all 480pts towards the BE(Hons) degree, or for conjoint students, all courses (420pts) towards the BE(Hons) component of the conjoint. In addition to meeting the academic requirements you must have also have completed a minimum of 400 hours of practical work.

Please note: If any of the above three requirements have not been met, your application will be declined. You may apply again, once these have been met.

Application details
In fewer than 200 words, provide a short summary of what actions you have taken to try and secure practical work and attach your evidence. Evidence may include copies of applications for work, emails to/from potential or current employer etc.
Your file must be in PDF format