Certificate in Information Technology

This programme is perfect for those with a keen interest in looking to enter the IT industry or upskill for future career opportunities. It also provides a solid foundation for IT diploma-level study.

This programme is perfect for those with a keen interest in looking to enter the IT industry or to upskill for future career opportunities. It also provides a solid foundation for IT diploma-level study.

Study this programme without paying fees as part of the Government TTAF initiative.

Key dates

October 2021 Intake 11 • 10 • 21
February 2022 Intake 21 • 02 • 22
July 2022 Intake 25 • 07 • 22

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Duration

18 weeks, full time in Auckland + Wellington + Christchurch

Qualification

Pre-degree certificate, 60 credits

Costs

Domestic $3,410 + $150 Student Services Levy
International $12,000 + $150 Student Services Levy
Fees Free Applies
All 2021 fees are subject to change and regulatory approval

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Certificate in Information Technology Course Outline

This programme is perfect for those with a keen interest in looking to enter the IT industry or to upskill for future career opportunities. It also provides a solid foundation for IT diploma-level study.

You will gain essential IT and professional skills that are needed in today’s IT industry with training in IT systems, programming principles, professional practice, data handling, and web concepts.

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Programme Structure

The Level 5 NZ Certificate in Information Technology is a 60-credit programme, consisting of four x 15 credit courses. A full-time student is expected to complete the programme in up to six months (18 weeks excluding 2 weeks study breaks).

This programme has full-time and part-time study options available. If you are interested in studying this programme part-time, please speak to our admissions team. For further information email: admissions@whitecliffe.ac.nz

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Qualification Outcomes

  • Apply the fundamentals of information systems concepts and practice to support and enhance organisational processes and systems
  • Apply the fundamentals of IT technical support concepts and practice to manage hardware and software resources to meet organisational requirements
  • Apply the fundamentals of interaction design concepts and practice to enhance interface design
  • Use problem-solving and decision-making techniques to provide innovative and timely information technology outcomes
  • Apply professional, legal, and ethical principles and practices in a socially responsible manner as an emerging IT professional
  • Apply the principles of software development to create simple working applications
  • Apply communication, personal, and interpersonal skills to enhance effectiveness in an IT role
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Key Information for Students

NZ Government key information link for students, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme

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Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)

The Level 5 Certificate in Information Technology is offered fees-free to all Domestic Students as part of the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) is a Government initiative making all sub-degree vocational and apprenticeship programmes free for learners. It is targeted towards industry skill needs where demand from employers for these skills will continue to be strong or is expected to grow, during New Zealand’s recovery period from the impacts of Covid-19.

The TTAF fund will cover fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022.

To find out more, check out the FAQs on the Tertiary Education Commission website here.

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Admission Requirements

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 including:
    • 14 credits in Digital Technologies or Computing AND
    • 10 credits in Maths AND
    • 10 credits in English at NCEA Level 2 or above
  • If you do not have the above, you must have one of the following:


International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum Age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
  • Statement of purpose
  • NZQA Level 3 in Computing, or equivalent knowledge, skills, or experience. If you do not have a Level 3 Certificate in Computing or equivalent, you can take our skills and knowledge assessment


BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, we recommend you follow the specifications listed as these will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

  • Have access to Windows computer/laptop/tablet.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported (a must for IT Students) 
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro) 


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Where could this programme take you?

This programme will primarily equip you for further IT related study, and prepare you for employment in an entry level IT role. You will gain essential IT and professional skills that are need in today’s IT industry with training in IT systems, programming principles, professional practice, and data handling and web concepts.

Jobs related to this programme

• Programming

• Web Developer

• Systems Analyst

• Network/Systems Administration

• Hardware Technician

• Computer Engineer

• Help Desk/Technical Support

Find out more about career opportunities

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