Programme overview

This programme has been replaced by the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Essentials). If you have applied for this programme we will contact you about moving to the new programme.

The Certificate in Information Technology is designed to act as a bridge to higher-level computing qualifications and provides you with a solid foundation to enter a career in computing. Improve your computer literacy and maths, as well as your communication, problem-solving and study skills. You also gain a solid background in current software applications.


  • Preparation for further study in the Bachelor of Computing Systems and the Diploma in Information Technology Support. If you don't meet the admission requirements for these programmes you may be offered a place in the Certificate in Information Technology.
  • Small, interactive classes.
  • A good mix of practical and theory-based learning.
  • Friendly staff who will work with you on a one-to-one basis.
  • Extra maths support: if you need help with maths we provide extra tutorials.

What next?

When you've completed this programme you'll be ready to begin studying for the Bachelor of Computing Systems.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English
2. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
3. A minimum of 4 years secondary education or equivalent
4. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • An overall IELTS band score (Academic) of no less than 6.0 (with no band score less than 5.0)
  • TOEFL score of no less than 550
  • Achieved an acceptable standard of English in the Department of Computing and Information Technology aptitude test

Don’t meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

This programme has been replaced by the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Essentials).