New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Advanced User).xml New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Advanced User)

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CertificateFull-time, 6 months | Self-paced part-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$795- $1,230 Or $157 per course


Throughout the year


This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

This programme is not available to international students


Christchurch - Madras Street, Bishopdale, Hornby, New Brighton, Rangiora, Timaru


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.

You can either complete this whole qualification or complete only the courses that you need to develop your computing skills.

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

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 60 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.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits


    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.

Alternative requirements
  • 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. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • 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, Pearson 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To enrol in this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form and email to with a scan or photo of your passport or drivers licence for proof of identity.

Application documents

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.