New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)

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The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supports learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees. The TTAF covers fees until 31 December 2022.

Note: Fees may apply for training continuing after 1 January 2023 on this programme.

About this programme

Everyone needs to take that first step when it comes to forging a new career path. It’s not always easy to change direction or start afresh but the rewards can be powerful. If you have decided that a new career in IT is just what you need, then this certificate will provide the first building block of your new career.

Who is this for?

This programme will provide the starting point for you if you want to explore a career in Information Technology. Graduates completing the qualification will feel confident about their chosen career direction and will have the transferable skills and knowledge to commence a career in IT or move on to more advanced study.

About eCampus NZ

The eCampus NZ online learning platform is a collaboration by New Zealand’s major tertiary providers to provide quality education to New Zealanders no matter where they live. The eCampus platform is easy to use, flexible and supportive. You will be able to access course material, upload assignments and chat to other students through our private online forum. Our portal also keeps you up to date with the latest course information including news, events and important details.

As an eCampus online student you can learn at your own pace and fit your study around your work, family and lifestyle. All study is completely online – with dedicated facilitators and advisors to help you along the way.

It is possible to study individual courses/papers from within eCampus programmes without completing the full qualification. If you are interested in only competing specific courses/papers please contact the eCampus team to find out more about how this works.

Click here to learn more about eCampus NZ.

Coaching support and study spaces

NorthTec offers study spaces where you will be able to meet new people, gain support from an experienced tutor in this field, put a face to the names on your forums and learn more about the course. We have free Wi-Fi, kitchenette, coffee, tea, snacks and milo.

Take advantage of highly skilled and experienced tutors accessible to answer questions and provide you the support to help, guide and direct you.

What you will learn

Explore software development

Understanding software development and design is like unlocking a door to a whole new world.  It’s a world of programming, documenting, testing and bug fixing and it’s a specialised field.   This qualification will open that door and provide you with the early building blocks and knowledge to determine if this is the career path for you.

Learn how to fix the problem!

We all love technology when it works, but when things go wrong the love affair can quickly turn to loathing! Having the knowledge to fix common IT problems is a desirable and sought after skill and one you will learn on this certificate course.

Organise the office

Information Management Systems can make or break a business. Information is the foundation of every business and effective Information Management Systems can be the difference between failure or success. Learn the role of IT in effective information management and how you can contribute to driving successful outcomes.

Courses in this programme

Courses Level Credits
CITE401 - Technical IT Skills 4 15
CITE402 - Media Design and Development 4 15
CITE403 - Information Management 4 15
CITE404 - Software Design and Development 4 15

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of enrolment into the programme;

  • Hold 40 credits NCEA (Level 1), including 10 literacy and 10 numeracy credits; or hold NZ Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3).

Alternative requirements
Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language, must achieve an IELTS Academic Score of 5.5, with no bands lower than 5.5; or hold an accepted international equivalence; or hold New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General, Workplace, or Academic) (Level 4).

Required Equipment - Computers

You will need to have two computers to study this qualification due to the practical nature of our Technical IT Skills course.

  1. The computer that you will use to access the course will need to capable of running MS Office 365 (the web-based version is fine although you may prefer to install the software so you can use the features offline).

  2. The computer that you need to disassemble and reassemble. It can’t be a laptop or an all-in-one PC.

Requirements for the computer you will disassemble

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)

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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Full time/Part time


20 weeks full time
40 weeks part time

Start Dates

Online (eCampus): Rolling monthly intakes

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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