Certificate in IT Essentials Course Outline
This programme is a great place to start learning about the IT industry. It has a practical, hands-on focus which will provide you with the transferable skills and knowledge to be employed in a range of entry-level support roles in an organisation.
Successful completion of the Level 4 NZ Certificate in IT Essentials also provides automatic entry into Whitecliffe's Information Technology programmes at Level 5 and the Level 7 Bachelor of Applied Information Technology programme.
Certificate in IT Essentials Programme Structure
The Level 4 NZ Certificate in IT Essentials is a 60-credit programme, consisting of four x 15 credit courses. This is a six-month programme (18 weeks excluding a 2 week study break), intended to educate students on the basics of ICT.
- Apply essential knowledge and concepts of computer hardware, operating systems, applications, and networks to provide support for hardware and software resources
- Apply knowledge and concepts of business analysis, database, and user experience to provide a foundation for supporting organisational information systems requirements; and they can contribute to a user interface design using web design concepts and knowledge
- Apply software development knowledge to provide a foundation for developing applications, and apply project management and planning tools to meet the requirements of specified IT briefs
- Communicate clearly and professionally to maintain relationships and achieve objectives in a range of contexts within the IT industry; including applying appropriate professional, ethical, and legal principles and practices to comply with legal principles and practices to comply with legal and organisational requirements. This helps provide a foundation for an IT career
Key Information for Students
Domestic Student Entry Requirements:
- Completed application form
- Minimum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
International Student Entry Requirements:
- Completed application form
- Passport copy
- Minimum age: International students must be at least 18 years of age during their first semester of study.
- IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent English profiency as follows:
- TOEFL paper-based minimum score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE) Test (pBT) where the test was carried out prior to 01 October 2017; or
- TOEFL internet-based test minimum score of 46, with a writing score no lower than 4.5 TWE; or
- Cambridge English qualifications with B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 162, no less than 154 in each skill
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:
Recently we have found ourselves working remotely due to Covid-19, we recommend that you have your own device to support your studies. The following specifications are intended to help you make the best choice of laptop, desktop, or tablet for the job.
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; 2GHz or faster processor with SSE4.3 or later
- 8GB RAM (Recommended 16GB)
- 250GB 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.
- Windows X or Windows S OS
- Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)
Dr Muhammad AzamHead of School, Information Technology
Muhammad is an experienced computer engineer and is currently working as the Program Director for Information Technology at Whitecliffe Technology.Continue reading
Dr Roman MitchProgramme Leader, School of Information Technology (Auckland)
Roman is an artist and full-stack developer with a long-standing involvement in the arts and culture sector in Aotearoa. His interdisciplinary research interests focus on the relationships between conceptual art and the computational from a Māori perspective. Roman holds a Doctorate in Fine Art from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts and joins Whitecliffe looking to continue his contribution through enriching connections between creativity and tech.Continue reading
Dr Shahbaz Pervez ChatthaProgramme Leader, School of Information Technology (Christchurch)
Shahbaz is an expert ICT professional with specializing in Communication & Networks, SDN, 5G & Beyond Networks, ISO 27001, PCI DSS, IT Infrastructure planning, designing and management, Information security governance, policy design and implementation.Continue reading
Bilal IshfaqLecturer, School of Information Technology
Bilal is a computer scientist and a researcher committed to high quality teaching and implementation of state-of-the-art techniques in research activities.Continue reading
Dr Sarmad SoomroLecturer, School of Information Technology
Sarmad has a PhD in Computer Science specialisation in Human-Computer InteractionContinue reading
Seyed HosseiniLecturer, School of Information Technology
Seyed completed his Master of Information Technology from IIUM Malaysia in 2015 and PhD from Lincoln university New Zealand.Continue reading
Jun HanLecturer, School of Information Technology
Jun is a freelance web developer. Currently, she is working as an IT Instructor in the School of Information and Technology at Whitecliffe College.Continue reading
Bevan ThomasLecturer, School of Information Technology
Bevan holds a BA in Chinese at Massey University and a Diploma of Business Systems from Whitecliffe, formerly known as Computer Power Plus.Continue reading
Junaid HaseebLecturer, School of Information Technology
Junaid Haseeb is currently working as a Lecturer in School of Information Technology at Whitecliffe and a PhD scholar at School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.Continue reading
Rob NairnLecturer, School of Information Technology
Rob has been an IT professional for 20 years having managed and owned several IT and web development companies.Continue reading
Steven MaLecturer, School of Information Technology
Steven is a IT Lecturer who lectures our level 5, Level 6 and Level 7 (bachelor’s degree) software courses at Whitecliffe.Continue reading
Pinal ShahLecturer, School of Information Technology
Pinal has experience in web design, graphics design, mobile application development and game development. He has obtained his master’s in information technology and held the position of Lecturer in Whitecliffe since June 2021.Continue reading
George TongariroLecturer, School of Information Technology
George has been teaching Information Technology (IT) within the tertiary sector for the last 20 years, He has been working at Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Tai Poutini Polytechnic and now Whitecliffe.Continue reading
Where could this programme take you?
Successful completion of this qualification also provides automatic entry to Whitecliffe's Information Technology programmes at Level 5 and the Level 7 Bachelor of Applied Information Technology programmes.
Jobs related to this programme
- Junior IT Support Roles
- Junior Helpdesk Roles
- Junior Programming Roles
- Junior Development Roles
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