Study digital and information technology (IT) for free^

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, this programme is now free^. For terms and conditions, more information, and other programmes covered by this scheme, click here.

Due to high demand, we recommend applying early for our October 2021 and February 2022 intakes.

Programme highlights

­­More qualified graduates are needed to fill well-paid roles in Information Technology (IT).

This qualification will provide you with key skills in IT, including:

  • Computer hardware
  • Operating systems and applications (apps)
  • Software development
  • Web development
  • User experience
  • Interface design.

This combination of technical and core skills will prepare you for a range of jobs in IT technical support. Or you can progress to further studies, such as the New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5).


Important notice for students intending to enrol into this programme as a full-time student, starting in October 2021

You will be able to study full-time (two courses) if you start this programme in October 2021. In 2022 we will be moving to semesters#, so in order to complete your last two courses you will only be able to enrol as a part-time student.

#Subject to NZQA approval.

Download the programme guide

Key facts

Start month(s)

October 2021

February, July 2022#

Study location(s)

MIT Manukau

Level 4
Domestic fees

Free^

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ2594
Duration

Full-time for 16 teaching weeks, part-time available.
The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 2 years.

Study method

Full-time, Part-time

Credits 60
International fees NZD$11,500 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements

General

Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

International students

Test your English level to help you plan.

Take our free online English test to get a basic indication of your English level. This will help you understand what programmes you can apply for and what preparation you may require before you start your programme of study.

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Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):

562.412 Developing software (15 credits)

Use essential knowledge and concepts of software development to develop basic software applications.

563.402 Stepping in IT (15 credits)

Apply basic knowledge and skills of computer hardware and software to equip them for further study.

563.403 Information systems solutions (15 credits)

Develop essential knowledge and concepts to provide a foundation for supporting information systems.

566.401 Creating websites (15 credits)

Build a multimedia website using essential concepts of development and design.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the digital technologies calendar.

Career opportunities

You will gain experience with all aspects of IT from computer hardware, operating systems, applications, databases and networks to software development, project management, web, user experience, and interface design. 

This combination of technical and core skills will prepare you for employment in a range of entry-level support roles in an organisation, which may include business support or retail roles, and some roles in the IT profession under broad guidance. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Further training or study

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Visit https://www.tec.govt.nz/funding/funding-and-performance/funding/fund-finder/targeted-training-and-apprenticeship-fund/faqs-for-learners/ for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet any other entry criteria as required. Some costs may also apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation.