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New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials - Level 4

Level 4

Sharpen your Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills with UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials – Level 4.

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North, Online* (See Advice & Guidance)

Duration: 19 weeks, full-time

19 Feb 2018 - 19 Jun 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$3,395.00Scholarship info

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International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

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 course 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.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Entry level ICT roles
  • IT support

 Course Information

Information Management
  • Microsoft Access and Excel
  • Database design and devleopment
  • Graphical user interface (GUI) design
  • Database queries
  • Database reports
  • Information systems solutions
Media Design and Development
  • Website development
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • Multimedia images
  • User Experience (UX) design
  • Web accessibility
Software Design and Development
  • Programming
  • Visual Basic (VB.NET)
  • Visual Studio
  • Control structures
  • Data structures
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI) design
  • Software testing
Technical IT Skills
  • Computer hardware components
  • CPU, GPU, RAM, Motherboards
  • PC Building
  • Operating systems (OS) installation and configuration
  • Introduction to networking and security
  • Device connectivity and internet-based services

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2



Certificate in Information Technology for Business (Level 3)


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


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

 International Entry Requirements

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

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS General or 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 (iecombining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials comprises 60 credits.

Students 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.

*Online learning
This Certificate is available to study online via TANZ eCampus, where it comprises 15 credits and costs $160.00 (domestic students).

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 or unit standards have already been met.

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.

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in IT Essentials - Level 4 supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Certificate for Advanced Computer Users


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to provide it under section 250 of the Act.