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.
The Level 4 NZ Certificate in IT Essentials is a 60-credit programme, consisting of four x 15 credit course. This is a six-month programme (18 weeks excluding 2 weeks study breaks), 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 and organisational requirements. This helps provide a foundation for an IT career.
Key Information for Students
Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF)
The Level 4 Certificate in IT Essentials 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 Government Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) is valid until 31st December 2022. Whitecliffe would like to offer a 50% tuition fees scholarship to all applicants to enable them to complete a full-year fees-free for all sub-degree (Level 4-6) programmes. Our July 2022 intake is the last opportunity to take full advantage of this scholarship.
To find out more, check out the FAQs on the Tertiary Education Commission website here.
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: 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 English proficiency 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, 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
- MacBook Air with M1 Chip
- 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)
- 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
Sagar DakeLecturer, School of Information Technology
Sagar is currently currently teaching the Level 5 and 6 Software Development course at Whitecliffe Technology.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 ICT programmes at Level 5 and new Bachelor of Applied Information Technology (Level 7) (subject to NZQA approval and accreditation).
Jobs related to this programme
• Web Developer
• Systems Analyst
• Network/Systems Administration
• Hardware Technician
• Computer Engineer
• Help Desk/Technical Support
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