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New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials - Online

New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials - Online

Level 4

Sharpen your Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills with UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials - Online.

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Online

Duration: 10 weeks per course (study at your own pace)

Monthly intakes

Domestic Fees: *
Eligible for fees-free until 31 Dec 2022Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable.

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

This ICT qualification will provide you with essential skills for a career in the ICT industry and also provides automatic entry into UCOL’s Bachelor of ICT degree and the NZ Diploma in IT Technical Support.

In the NZ Certificate in IT Essentials you will gain foundation skills in core ICT subject areas including: database and information management, multimedia web design and development, programming, software design and development, and operating systems, hardware, and networking.

This programme has a practical, hands-on focus which enables students to demonstrate their skills and develop expertise in one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries.


This programme is eligible for fees-free study under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund.

You don’t need to apply to access the fund - just enrol in an eligible programme, and the TTAF process will take care of the fees until 31 December 2022.

Please contact the info centre for more details.

How to Enrol

To enrol in this course, go to eCampus NZ's website.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Entry level ICT roles
  • IT support

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for ICT Architects and Administrators.

 Course Information

The programme comprises 60 credits.

Software Design and Development (15 Credits)
Learn the skills and confidence to develop basic software applications and understand requirements when selecting software support.

Media Design and Development (15 Credits)
Learn about basic website development and design.

Information Management (15 Credits)
Successful information management is critical for all businesses. It leads to greater efficiency, streamlined processes and delivery of excellent service. This course will provide you with the essential knowledge to provide high calibre information management solutions.

Technical IT Skills (15 Credits)
Learn about computer hardware and software, and how to solve problems, suggest improvements, and set up and install new systems.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

40 Credits at NCEA Level 1, including 10 Literacy Credits and 10 Numeracy Credits



Demonstrated equivalent through study, work and/or life experience.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).