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New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Essentials)

Learn the essential knowledge and concepts of computer hardware, networks, web design, user experience, databases and software development to develop web applications, in this Certificate programme.

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert, Waitākere
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for 16 weeks

Programme overview

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to help upskill workers in roles critical to the economy, this programme has no fees*. Click here for a list of the programmes that are covered by this scheme.

This certificate provides you with internationally relevant skills and knowledge, which are transferable across a range of disciplines within IT. These are essential for working in a number of entry-level support roles including business support, retail roles, and support roles within the IT profession.

Improve your computer literacy and problem solving skills. Learn in small, interactive groups and  further your knowledge of current software applications.


  • This programme is great preparation for the Bachelor of Computing Systems 
  • A good mix of practical and theory based learning
  • Flipped classroom model: class time will primarily be used for planning, problem-solving, hands on experimentation, discussion and feedback
  • You will be encouraged to use time outside the classroom for individual reflection and researching topics and ideas
  • Extra maths support: if you need help with maths, we provide extra tutorials

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts

2. A minimum of 4 years of secondary education

3. Completed NCEA Level 1  

4. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2); or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Foundation User) (Level 2); or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3); or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3); or
  • Provide equivalent Certificate in Computing; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

Recommended: hold appropriate assessment standards in Digital Technologies Level 2.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Information Technology Foundations (HTCS4601) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will introduce students to the essential knowledge and concepts of computer hardware and software resources, applications, database, and user-experience needed to provide organisations with IT support.
Web Design Foundations (HTCS4602) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course introduces students to the essential knowledge and concepts of user interface design and web application development needed to contribute to team development of web sites.
Programming Foundations (HTCS4604) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) Students will write code to create simple software applications.
Database Project (HTCS4605) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) Students will apply project management and technical skills to develop a database project.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.