New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6).xml New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6)

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New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration

DiplomaFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$6,800 - $7,100


February, July





Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

23 June for July start


Christchurch – Madras St


Gain the knowledge and skills required to specialise in systems administration.

This Level 6 programme covers a broad range of current applied knowledge and skills in systems administration. It incorporates content based predominantly on the Microsoft and Linux platforms, including server-based virtualisation, directory services, network protocols and infrastructure, automated system and application deployment, and IT service management. These provide core knowledge and skills expected of someone working as an IT professional.

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 Diploma you are required to complete 120 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
  • New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) or can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and experience perhaps from industry based work experience.

    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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applications are processed in the order they are received.

Next steps

Please complete an Admission and Enrolment form

Application documents

Career opportunities

With this qualification you'll have the knowledge and skills required to gain employment in entry-level roles such as service desk support, junior systems administrator, and desktop support. With experience, you can advance to more senior roles including senior system administrator, tier two and three support, and manager.

Study pathways

The New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration leads on to Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies, and provides sufficient credits to reduce the length of the degree by a year. It can also provide a pathway to further specialisation through industry-specific training and help equip you to complete relevant industry certification.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Computing/ICT/Digital Technologies