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New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials

Level 4

Sharpen your Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills with the UCOL New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials.

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 19 weeks full-time
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)

19 Feb 2024 - 28 Jun 2024
22 Jul 2024 - 29 Nov 2024

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$12,500 + Student Services Levy $295.50

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 the UCOL Bachelor of ICT degree and the NZ Diploma in IT Technical Support.

In the UCOL New Zealand 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 that enables students to demonstrate their skills and develop expertise in one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing industries.

Individual Papers
You can enrol in a number of individual papers from this programme instead of the whole certificate to get new skills for your work, your next job and what really interests you.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 19 weeks, including 2 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
16 hrs

Lectures, tutorials and/or online recordings.
Timetable set by your lecturer.
Study Time
19 hrs

Study in your own time.

You can also choose to study part-time, or possibly by paper. Talk to us about your options with this programme.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Entry level ICT roles
  • IT support

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for ICT Architects and Administrators, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

This programme consists of 60 credits. 

Technical IT Skills (15 Credits)
Upon successful completion of the course you'll be able to assemble and disassemble standard computer hardware components; install, configure and use operating systems; apply basic networking and security concepts to connect devices and access Internet-based services, and communicate and plan effectively. The course covers:

  • Hardware, including local and remote storage technology
  • Operating systems, including device drivers and command line entry
  • Networking, including remote services
  • Security concepts at end-user level
  • Documentation of planning and implementation of the above procedures, including technical writing
  • Professional conduct and safety when working with hardware.

Media Design and Development (15 Credits)
Learn to build a multimedia website to a brief using essential concepts of development and design. The course covers:

  • Multimedia such as graphics, sound, video and text
  • Interactivity, accessibility and user experience (UX)
  • Scripting and content management systems
  • Intellectual property and copyright, professional conduct and cultural sensitivity, including Treaty of Waitangi

Information Management (15 Credits)
Upon successful completion of this course, you'll be able to investigate and describe information management solutions in a range of organisational environments and cultural contexts; plan, design and document information systems solutions to meet organisational requirements; build information systems solutions using appropriate tools to meet organisational requirements, and communicate and plan effectively. The course covers:

  • Basic concepts of business analysis and data modelling
  • Basic relational database development including tables, queries, reports, forms, validation, and restricting information
  • Other information management tools as applicable, such as spreadsheets, file management and report writing
  • Intellectual property, security, confidentiality and privacy issues
  • Compliance with regulations, legislation and internal policies, and professional conduct.

Software Design and Development (15 Credits)
Learn essential skills and knowledge to develop basic software applications. The course covers:

  • Programming fundamentals, including coding standards and documentation
  • Compiler, command line interface (CLI), interpreters, logic depiction methods
  • Basic concepts of user experience
  • Project management and project management tools
  • Intellectual property, security and professional conduct.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2


Certificate in Information Technology for Business


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international learner applicants.

English language proficiency
International learner applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

Under 20 years of age
In addition to this, international applicants under 20 years of age must have NCEA equivalency.

 Advice & Guidance

Learners with an interest in computing and ICT will develop essential foundations skills over a range of industry leading digital tools, programming languages, development platforms and environments, and hardware, operating system, and networking technologies.  It is recommended that applicants seek advice from the Head of School if they would like more information regarding the required skill level for this programme.

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 learner 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 Te Pūkenga 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).


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.