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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
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for 16 weeks

Programme overview

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.