New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials


Subject area

Information Technology not elsewhere classified



18 Weeks

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with people who have the essential skills to proceed to further study in a related IT field, work in the field of Information Technology (IT) as a profession under broad guidance in a range of IT entry level support roles, and to communicate with relevant stakeholders in a professional manner.

Organisations and communities will benefit from having IT graduates who have gained industry relevant transferable skills and knowledge across a range of disciplines within IT, enabling them to contribute to society, supporting digital proficiency and capability in a range of community and voluntary areas.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Application by Academic Qualification (Under 20 years of age) School Leavers: All applicants should be over the age of 16 years and have successfully completed one of the following : A minimum of NCEA Level 2: 60 credits at level 2 or above. Subjects must include English, Mathematics, a science related subject and 1 other of choice as well as 20 further credits at any level in a subject of choice. New Zealand Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2) [Ref: 2591] New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3) [Ref: 2592] New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3) [Ref: 2452] Mature Aged applicants (20 years of age and above) Evidence of successful completion recent study in the last 5 years to a minimum of level 2 on the NZQA framework. Examples include successful completion of one of the following : New Zealand Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2) [Ref: 2591] New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3) [Ref: 2592] New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3) [Ref: 2452] and/or demonstration of interest and aptitudes in the field of information technology which demonstrate potential for success. Examples may include a history of successful employment for 2 or more years in the computing and information technology related workforce.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


18 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$3,710 $3,710
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$5,591 $5,591
Total $9,301 $9,301

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings N/A
Earnings range N/A
In employment N/A
In further study N/A
On a benefit N/A

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 478 839
Phone: (03) 211 2699
Fax: (03) 214 4977

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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