Certificate in IT Essentials

Learn the fundamentals of Information Technology fees-free in just 18 weeks.

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.

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

Study our Levels 4 - 6 Technology programmes FEES FREE as part of the Government TTAF initiative, on top of this Whitecliffe will offer a 50% tuition fees scholarship to all applicants to enable them to complete up to two years fees-free* for all sub-degree (Level 4-6) programmes.

Our July intake is the last opportunity to take full advantage of studying for up to two years fees-free*.

Key dates

February 2023 Intake 20 • 02 • 23
July 2023 Intake 24 • 07 • 23

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Duration

18 weeks, full-time in Manukau + Christchurch

Qualification

Certificate in IT Essentials, 60 Credits

Costs

Domestic $3,356 + $150 Student Services Levy
International $12,000 + $150 Student Services Levy
Fees free applies
All 2022 fees are subject to change and regulatory approval

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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.

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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.

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Qualification Outcomes

  • 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
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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 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.

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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


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.    

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?

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 Role
  • Junior Helpdesk Roles
  • Junior Programming Roles
  • Junior Development Roles
Find out more about career opportunities

Industry Partners

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