New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Advanced User).xml New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Advanced User)

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CertificateFull-time, 6 months | Self-paced part-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$780 - $1,200 Or $150 per course


Throughout the year


This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

Please enquire



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Madras Street


Enhance your employment opportunities with advanced computing skills.

These days many organisations are benefiting from an increasingly digitalized workplace environment. Employees are expected to be agile, mobile and responsive, connecting with their employers using cloud based technologies. This qualification will build on your existing experience and skills, teaching you to analyse and solve problems through the efficient use of various computer programmes, including OneNote, Word, Excel, Access, Visio and Project.

On this programme you'll learn how to use digital tools to access, filter, combine and manipulate data to efficiently extract, organise, integrate and share relevant information and produce specified outcomes in a variety of settings.

You'll also learn critical thinking, problem solving and decision making techniques to analyse problems, make informed decisions and identify solutions. The programme also covers how to communicate clearly and professionally with colleagues and stakeholders in a range of contexts, to maintain relationships and achieve objectives.

Additionally it explores and evaluates current and emerging trends in the use of digital tools and information to support operational efficiency and effectiveness.

You can either complete this whole qualification or complete only the courses that you need to develop your computing skills.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits


    New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) Level 3

    Pending approval by NZQA

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note : Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To enrol in this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Drop into your chosen campus location. Please remember to take your passport or birth certificate with you so we can enrol you straight away. If you feel you don't meet our full entry requirements for this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes. Alternatively, if you feel you've gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning. Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this programme.

Application documents

Career opportunities

With this qualification you'll be competent in a range of advanced digital technology user skills. You'll be able to apply these skills in positions that allow you to work under broad guidance in a range of industries.

Study pathways

This qualification provides a pathway into a range of higher level qualifications in computing. These include the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology and New Zealand Diplomas in information technology technical support, web development and design, and information systems. It can also lead to the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing/ICT