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New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User)

International Close Date: This programme is not available to international students

Gain computing skills for a wide range of employment opportunities.

This course explores a wide range of features, functions and settings of common digital devices and software to search, combine and manipulate data to create, access, organise, present and store information and data. You'll learn how to investigate, plan, design and create solutions to meet the requirements of a specified brief; effectively collaborate with others in a digital environment; use a variety of digital devices to transfer data across multiple platforms; fix a range of common hardware and software problems; and consistently apply appropriate ethics, standards, principles and practices to comply with legal and organisational requirements.

This programme has rolling enrolments throughout the year and has options for face to face delivery in Timaru, Christchurch (Madras, Woolston and Papanui) or fully online through Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga.

Self-paced part-time up to 3 years.

This programme has open entry. English language requirements apply.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.0 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

The skills and knowledge you'll gain from this course can be applied in almost any workplace and especially in the areas of office administration, banking, call centres and data entry.

Study pathways

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

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing/ICT

New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User)

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks (Part-time options available)

Gain computing skills for a wide range of employment opportunities.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2592
Credits 60
Level 3
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2592-STRU
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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