New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6).xml New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6)

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New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration

DiplomaFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

Programme code



February, July





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

23 June for July start


Christchurch – Madras St

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)


$6,800 - $7,100



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

About this programme

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.

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

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete 120 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
  • New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) or equivalent

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

Applications are processed in the order they are received.

Next steps

Please complete an Admission and Enrolment form

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.