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

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New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User)

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

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



Free *


Throughout the year


This programme is not available to international students



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



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, Oamaru and Online*


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.

* The online offering is available through TANZ eCampus . This online option costs $42 per course ($252 to complete the full programme).

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

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
  • This programme has open entry. English Language requirements apply.

Alternative requirements
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

Next steps

To enrol in this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

Drop into your chosen campus location. Please remember to take your passport or birth certificate with you so we can enrol you straight away.

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.