New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5)

Subject area

Information Technology not elsewhere classified



20 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 graduates who have attained a broad understanding of the core concepts and practical skills in Information Technology (IT).

This qualification builds on the learner's existing IT skills from previous qualifications, or relevant experience, and provides the common core for all of the pathways in the professional IT suite of New Zealand qualifications e.g. Ref: 2596, 2597, 2598 and 2604, and may be recognised for credit towards these.

Primarily, it will equip people for further IT related study, and may also prepare people for employment in an entry level IT role.

Graduates will be capable of applying the fundamentals of current and emerging concepts and practice in IT. They will also be able to demonstrate awareness of appropriate professional practice, and work both as part of a team and independently, under broad supervision.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

International students will have IELTS 5.5 with no band lower than 5 (or equivalent) Domestic students will have NCEA Level 2 or complete an Avonmore pre-entry test. All domestic students will be interviewed prior to entry to ascertain aptitude to the IT industry.

Detailed requirements

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


20 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$4,240 $4,240
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$5,119 $5,119
Total $9,359 $9,359

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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 $39,579
Earnings range $29,501 - $48,603
In employment 59%
In further study 29%
On a benefit 7%

All KIS information is the most recent data available and relates to domestic students only.

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

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.

The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

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

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