New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4).xml New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)

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CertificateFull time - 6 months, Part time available

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$3,200 - $3,600


February, July





Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start; 23 June for July start


Christchurch – Madras Street and Timaru


Gain the essential foundation skills for a career in IT.

The programme covers a broad range of computing topics at an introductory level. These include hardware, operating systems, networking and security, user experience, website design and development, information systems, and software design and development. You'll also gain knowledge of professional, ethical and legal principles and practices, and you'll develop your communication skills.

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 NCEA level 1 credits including 10 literacy and 10 numeracy credits or New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) Level 3

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

Applications are processed in the order they are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • Complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

Intended as a stepping stone towards a career in IT, this qualification will position you well for further higher level IT study. It will enhance your CV and provide you with transferable skills and knowledge that you can apply in a range of entry level support roles, however it isn't likely to be sufficient preparation for most IT-specific jobs.

Study pathways

After gaining this qualification you can move on to the Diploma in IT Technical Support (Level 5) or the Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5). Alternatively, if you achieve high grades across all courses in the certificate you may be able to progress directly to the Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Computing/ICT/Digital Technologies