Cybersecurity for Penetration Testers (Micro-credential)

New Zealand Skills and Education College

Subject area

Information Technology not elsewhere classified


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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this micro-credential are: Academic Entry Requirements Academic Entry Requirements: All students are required to: - hold a Certificate in Networking or Security Level 5 or above; or - have international certifications at CompTIA Network+ or Security+ or equivalent or higher knowledge; or - have a minimum of 3 years of hands-on information security or related experience. English Language Entry Requirements: Learners whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English language equivalent to IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. This is subject to NZQA Rule 22, details of which can be found at: Programme Approval, Recognition, and Accreditation Rules 2022 :: NZQA

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This micro-credential provides graduates within Aotearoa and overseas with expertise in penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, and ethical hacking, offering international opportunities. Its significance spans stakeholders: enhancing learners' employability, empowering Māori communities in cybersecurity, aiding industry and employers with data security, meeting the demand for cybersecurity specialists, and improving community digital safety. Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in penetration testing, post attack remediation and the concepts of automation and scripting. It serves as a foundation for advanced internationally recognised certifications such as CompTIA PenTest+ and CASP. Culturally, it promotes diversity and inclusivity, opening cybersecurity employment pathways for Māori learners. Roles like penetration testers and security analysts address the cybersecurity skills gap, enhancing digital security awareness, contributing to community welfare, and aligning with New Zealand's cybersecurity initiatives, fostering meaningful contributions to local communities.

Contact details

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Phone: (09) 827 6100
Fax: (09) 827 2660

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