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New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration

International Close Date: 23 June for July start

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.

Part-time up to 3 years.

Fees for 2023

Domestic Fee
$7,419 - $8,255 per year
International Fee
$25,000 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023

New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) or equivalent

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 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 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

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

New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6)

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

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

Type Diploma
Code NZ2601
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 23 June for July start
Credits 120
Level 6
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised before enrolment
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2601-STRU

Fees for 2023

Domestic Fee
$7,419 - $8,255 per year
International Fee
$25,000 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023
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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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