Community Computing

Free 2 You Computing Classes For All Levels

Kaitaia, Waimamaku, Whangarei
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About this programme

This course will guide you through four modules:

You will learn through the latest Internationally standardised online tutorials, activities and tests, with the support of our friendly knowledgeable coaches on hand to offer assistance to gain computer confidence and learn new skills.

You will learn at your own pace and speed, working through each module at a pace that bests suits your learning. Each module is allocated 5 weeks, but you can move through at your own pace.


  • Whangārei: Friday 10 AM - 2.30 PM in Room B210, Gate 3, Raumanga Campus

  • Kaitaia: Monday 9 AM - 1.30 PM in the Computer Suite, NorthTec, 7 Redan Rd, Kaitaia.

  • Waimamaku: Tuesday 1:30–6 PM Waimamaku Resource Centre, 7235 State Highway 12, Waimamaku, 0473

Introduction to computing, Internet and email

Learn the basic of how a computer works, how to create files in a Microsoft Windows environment, learn how to access and search on the Internet, how to create emails and attach a document. Correct online etiquette and how to keep yourself safe online.

Microsoft Word - Beginners

Word–processing involves creating a document (letter, memo, report, assignment, etc.) on the computer. To create a document you start with a blank screen on the computer, and as you type information, it is displayed on the screen as a Word Document. Once a document is created you can change its appearance and/or text, rearrange or make corrections to it; you can print it, or save it, add to it, reprint or edit at a later time.

Word is recommended as the pre–requisite module to all other modules on this programme. You will learn functions, features and techniques in Word that are used in other Microsoft applications (eg. Excel).

Microsoft Excel - Beginners

Excel is used to create spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are documents that are laid out in a graph style, with columns and rows, rather than a blank “page” as in Word.

Spreadsheets are used for mathematical calculations, for example, add a list of numbers, find the average in a set of numbers or to calculate GST. Data, (text and numbers) is entered into the spreadsheet using the keyboard, and calculations are made by using the functions and features available in Excel.

Microsoft Powerpoint - Beginners

Powerpoint is used to create presentations, documents with images and slide shows, and much more. Many of the basic functionalities are the same as within Word.

How do I enrol?

Register online or download and return the Enrolment section of Community Computing brochure. If you have any questions please contact our Enquiries and Enrolments Centre by email, or by phoning 0800 162 100.

What to bring?

Please bring a USB stick to save your work, and pen and paper to take notes. You will be supplied with class text and printer paper.

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Part time


20 weeks
(5 weeks per module)

Start Dates

Waimamaku: TBC

Kaitaia: Intro to Computing / Internet / Email:
21 FEB–21 MAR

Word Processing:
28 MAR–9 MAY

16 MAY–20 JUN

Presentation Software:
27 JUN–15 AUG

Whangarei: Intro to Computing / Internet / Email:
25 FEB–25 MAR
29 JUL–26 AUG

Word Processing:
1–29 APR
2–30 SEP

14 OCT–11 NOV

Presentation Software:
10 JUN–8 JUL
18 NOV–16 DEC

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

Phone 0800 162 100
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