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New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Advanced User)

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

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.

This programme is a face to face delivery and has rolling enrolments throughout the year.

You can either complete this whole qualification or complete only the courses that you need to develop your computing skills. Self-paced part-time up to 3 years.

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$800 - $1,000 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$162 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021

40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits

OR New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) Level 3

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

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.

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

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

New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Advanced User)

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Enhance your employment opportunities with advanced computing skills.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2593
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date This programme is not available to international students
Credits 60
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees Please enquire
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2593-STRU

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$800 - $1,000 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$162 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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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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