New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (NZCIT)

This Level 5 programme is suitable for school leavers and those who wish to re-train and pursue a new career in Information Technology (IT).

IT is a well-paid profession that is largely unaffected by the global pandemic. This certificate provides an excellent introduction to this sector to test your interest and abilities, and will allow you to progress onto further IT qualifications such as a Bachelor’s degree, Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s study if you wish.

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work in the IT industry as an emerging professional in a range of entry-level roles, and IT-related retail roles. You will gain a broad understanding of the core concepts and practical skills required in IT and know how to apply them. No previous tertiary qualifications are necessary, and the short duration will allow you to train and enter the workforce as quickly as possible.

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Programme Structure/Courses

This qualification consists of 60 credits. There are four courses worth 15 credits each. Students will sit these courses over two trimesters.

The programme of study includes the following courses:

Duration & Start Dates

28 weeks (approximately 600 hours of study time).

Start Dates in 2022
Apply here for Trimester 1: 1 February 2022
Apply here for Trimester 2: 23 May 2022
Apply here for Trimester 3: 12 September 2022

Trimesters and scheduled breaks:
Trimester 1, 2022 - 1 February to 6 May
Trimester 2, 2022 - 23 May to 26 August
Trimester 3, 2022 - 12 September to 16 December

Entry Requirements

Hold 40 credits at NCEA level 2 or above, including at least 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits


Hold a New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)


Hold an overseas qualification evaluated as equivalent to the above


Can demonstrate via a pre-enrolment assessment that they have equivalent knowledge, skills and experience


English level equivalent to IELTS 5.5 (Academic) (with no band less than 5.0) / TOEFL iBT 46 (with a writing score of 14) / PTE academic score of 42 with no band lower than 36 / AIS Test of English Proficiency (TEP) 48/80 (with no band less than 11) (for domestic students only)


Gain approval under Admission Regulation 3: Special Admission


International Students

2022 Programme Fees: NZ$9,040
Resource Fees: NZ$1,480 (incl. laptop)
Total: NZ$10,520

Domestic Students

2022 Programme Fees: NZ$2,040
Resource Fees: NZ$1,480 (incl. laptop)
Total: NZ$3,520

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$240 (8 months).

*All fees of $3,760 are fully covered by TTAF for NZ citizens and permanent residents.

Note: International students from Pacific Island countries should contact Sue Park for tuition fee details:

Phone: +64 9 815 1717 ext 846

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