National Certificate in Computing Level 3

Testing Area

Programme Code: NC5213

Level: 3

Credits: 48

Commences: Throughout the year

Applications Due: Early enrolment advised

Annual Fees: Free (except 2 courses)

International Fees: Please enquire

Additional Costs: Not applicable

Location: CPIT Campus Connect

Next steps

To enrol in this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Drop into your chosen Campus Connect site. 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 have 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 national certificate.

Application documents

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing/ ICT
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Key Information Set

Entry Criteria

Minimum entry criteria

NCEA or other evidence of literacy, numeracy and ability to study at the appropriate level. See 'additional criteria' for details.

Additional criteria

Academic Requirements

This programme has open entry, but English language requirements may apply (see below). You will need to have basic literacy and numeracy skills. People with limited knowledge, skills or experience in the computing area will be encouraged to gain the National Certificate in Computing Level 2 before undertaking a programme of study towards this qualification.

English Requirements

If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. Refer also to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart which includes credits in English-rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment. IELTS GTM 5.5 overall, with no less than 6 in the reading and writing sub-tests, and 5 in the listening, speaking sub-tests.


19 weeks

The minimum amount of time to complete this qualification.

Student Success

Successful course completions within the qualification 81%

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification in the last year.

Students retained in study 65%

The percentage of students who have completed this qualification or re-enrolled in this qualification or at this provider in the following year.

NZ Graduate Destinations

Young graduates in employment* 42%

The percentage relates to young graduates who completed this qualification nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO.

Young graduates in further study* 36%

The percentage relates to young graduates who completed this qualification nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO.

Median earnings of young graduates* $29, 133.00

The median earnings relate to young graduates who completed the qualification nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO.

*in the second year following completion of a qualification

Estimated Total Fees

Government Contribution (GST exclusive)


The average government contribution towards the tuition fees for students studying this qualification.

(This information is an estimate only based on Student Achievement Component funding in the last year.)

Student Contribution (GST Inclusive)


The average tuition fees students paid to study this qualification.

(This average is indicative only based on courses students enrolled in last year. Your qualification may be made up of courses which differ from the average on which the estimate is based.)

For more information on loans and allowances visit: Student
Loan Information

(Note: all information relates to domestic students only)

About the Key information Set


With our Computing for Free programme delivered at Campus Connect branches throughout Christchurch you can advance your computing skills while working at your own study pace and at times best suited to your lifestyle.

This programme is an introduction to business computing and will provide you with a qualification for initial employment in computing and enhance readiness for further study in computing, including the Certificate in Information and Communications Technology or the Diploma in Information and Communications Technology. Credits are also able to be transferred to the National Certificate in Business Administration or the Certificate in Business Administration, and can be used for entry level work or to enhance current work skills.

Content includes: computing skills, computing fundamentals, Word and Excel intermediate, Access intermediate, Publisher intermediate, Word advanced and creating a website.

Career opportunities

When you graduate with this qualification your skills and knowledge will be of use in diverse business sectors. You can consider roles in office administration, banking, call centres, and data entry positions throughout government and private organisations.

This qualification also gives you the best stepping stone for further study with integrated ICT qualifications.

Study pathways

This qualification provides a good foundation for further study including certificates, diplomas and degrees in a number of Commerce and ICT fields.

Programme structure

To complete this programme you are required to complete a minimum total of 48 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.