You can take that first step to a new career!
Everyone needs to take that first step when it comes to forging a new career path. It’s not always easy to change direction or start afresh but the rewards can be powerful. If you have decided that a new career in IT is just what you need, then this certificate will provide the first building block of your new career. Download qualification guide.
Study for FREE!
All learners can study this programme fees-free through the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund.
You don’t need to apply to access the fund – just enrol before 31 December 2022 and we will take care of the rest. This doesn’t impact on your ability to use the Government’s Fees Free scheme for further study (as long as you meet the eligibility criteria).
Additional costs such as course equipment and materials are not included.
Who is this for?
This programme will provide the starting point for you if you want to explore a career in Information Technology. Graduates completing the qualification will feel confident about their chosen career direction and will have the transferable skills and knowledge to commence a career in IT or move on to more advanced study.
- Level: 4
- Credit: 60
- Qualification fee: $673.16 (domestic students). Includes GST.
- Study for free! All learners can study this programme fees-free through the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund.
- Duration: Part time: 40 weeks | Full time: 20 weeks
- Indicative hours per week: Part time: 15 | Full time: 30
To complete the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) you are required to complete the following courses:
- Software Design and Development
- Information Management
- Media Design and Development
- Technical IT Skills
If an individual course is of interest – it is possible to complete a course and not a full qualification. To find out the best study pathway for you, speak with one of our Sales and Learner Service Coordinators today – call 0800 328 269 or complete the form at the bottom of this page.
Benefits to you
Explore software development
Understanding software development and design is like unlocking a door to a whole new world. It’s a world of programming, documenting, testing and bug fixing and it’s a specialised field. This qualification will open that door and provide you with the early building blocks and knowledge to determine if this is the career path for you.
Learn how to fix the problem!
We all love technology when it works, but when things go wrong the love affair can quickly turn to loathing! Having the knowledge to fix common IT problems is a desirable and sought after skill and one you will learn on this certificate course.
Organise the office
Information Management Systems can make or break a business. Information is the foundation of every business and effective Information Management Systems can be the difference between failure or success. Learn the role of IT in effective information management and how you can contribute to driving successful outcomes.
How will I learn?
You can fit your study around your work, family and lifestyle – there is no need to be a full-time student while studying with eCampus NZ. You can work and earn. All study is completely online – with supportive facilitators and advisors to help you along the way.
If you want to study as a full-time student you can enrol on more than one course at a time, which will increase the amount of study required per week. Please refer to https://www.studylink.govt.nz/about-studylink/glossary/full-time-definition.html.
How long will it take?
This qualification is made up of four courses. To complete a course successfully in the 10 weeks you must be prepared to devote approximately 15 hours per week to your study. Depending on your previous academic online experience and course level this may vary to a certain degree.
If you want to study as a full-time student you can enrol on more than one course at a time, which will increase the amount of study required per week.
Career and study pathways
On completion of this course you could be ready to undertake more advanced study to become an IT professional or you may feel ready to seek out that entry level role in IT.
- 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits or
- New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) Level 3 or
- Demonstrated equivalent through study, work and/or life experience
All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those applicants whose first language is not English should have:
An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 5.5 issued within the last two years, with not less than 5.5 in any category.
Complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and achieve either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.
You will need a computer that has access to the Windows environment to successfully complete two courses in this programme. Please be aware that if you are using a Apple Mac computer there will be issues in completing this qualification. If you have any questions on this please contact us.
Due to the practical nature of one of the courses, you will need to have computing equipment that meets the technical requirements. Please download the full list of specifications before applying to study this qualification.
Student loans and allowances
If you want to study as a full-time student you must enrol in more than one course in a qualification at a time. Please refer to Studylink definition of a full-time student – https://www.studylink.govt.nz/about-studylink/glossary/full-time-definition.html.
eCampus NZ is offered by eight of New Zealand’s major tertiary providers including:
All qualifications will be awarded by one of these providers. Courses completed through eCampus NZ are industry recognised and accepted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Graduates may attend the graduation ceremony of the relevant tertiary partner and will receive a parchment from the institute at which they enrolled.