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New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials

International Close Date: 20 January for February start; 23 June for July start

Gain a broad range of computing skills to set you on a path to 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.

* The online offering is available through TANZ eCampus. Part-time up to 2 years.

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$3200 - $3700 per year
International costs
$10,620 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$660 - $3640 per year
International costs
$10,940 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.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

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

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

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

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Gain a broad range of computing skills to set you on a path to a career in IT.

Information
Type Certificate
Code NZ2594
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 20 January for February start; 23 June for July start
Credits 60
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2594-STRU

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$3200 - $3700 per year
International costs
$10,620 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$660 - $3640 per year
International costs
$10,940 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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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.

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