Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)


Dunedin or online through the TANZ eCampus

One semester full-time; one year part-time (Dunedin); 40 weeks (Online)

On campus in Dunedin or online through the TANZ eCampus

February or July (Dunedin); monthly intakes (Online)
until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    23 July 2018
    16 April 2018 - 27 April 2018
  • Online
    8 October 2018
  • Online
    12 November 2018
  • Online
    9 July 2018
  • Online
    13 August 2018
  • Online
    10 September 2018
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
    16 April 2018 - 27 April 2018
Want to continue developing solid foundational IT skills whilst gaining valuable practical experience? Decided you want to pursue a computing career in the IT industry and wondering what your next step should be?

Then this is the programme for you! There are currently far more IT-related jobs than there are graduates and employers are desperate for individuals with a good awareness of the industry and a willingness to continue developing new skills. IT is a global industry and the right qualification will create a whole world of opportunities for you. With further study, career possibilities are exciting and diverse and include business computing, technical support, hardware, software, database, web development and much more.

You can study this programme at our campus in Dunedin OR online via the TANZ eCampus.

Study locations 

You can study this programme at our campus in Dunedin or online (via the TANZ eCampus).  

In Dunedin, you will study in a creative and supportive environment and explore career options in this exciting field. You'll receive an in-depth introduction to aspects of computing and software specifically designed to provide the foundation you need to enter the Bachelor of Information Technology or other IT programmes. In addition, you'll benefit from the small class sizes, allowing for one-on-one attention from experienced teachers, and the chance to practise your newly acquired skills with a range of excellent equipment and software applications. 

  • If you want to study this programme at our campus in Dunedin, you will need to click the Dunedin option on our online application form:   

  • If you want to study this programme online (via the TANZ eCampus), you will need to click the Online option on our online application form:

What is TANZ eCampus?

TANZ eCampus is a partnership of several major tertiary education providers in New Zealand. All courses and study through the TANZ eCampus is fully online. One major benefit of studying online with TANZ eCampus is the flexible nature of the course timetable. Most courses are available to start at regular intervals throughout the year. 

The TANZ eCampus team works hard to provide a supportive learning environment and through our virtual campus we are available to answer queries, and to offer a helping hand and guidance when needed. When you enrol, you will be assigned your own personal advisor who will support you through your learning journey. Your course facilitator will track your progress within each course. They will provide guidance and feedback on assessments and information on course materials. They will also be available to answer course questions. 

You will graduate from the institution that you enrolled with. So, if you enrolled with Otago Polytechnic to study a New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) via the TANZ eCampus, you will graduate with that qualification from Otago Polytechnic. However, you can attend the graduation ceremony of any of the partner institutions. 

For more information, visit www.tanzecampus.com

Entry requirements
  • There are no academic entry criteria.
  • It is preferred that learners hold the New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3), appropriate assessment standards in Digital Technologies Level 2, or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study. 
  • 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 5.0 or equivalent, from one test taken in the preceding two years.
Selection procedure

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be accepted unless the number of applications exceeds the available places. In this case, a waitlist will be used.

Pathways into this programme
Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Additional costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

Further study options

Increase your career prospects with the Bachelor of Information Technology.

Relationship to other programmes/qualifications: This qualification bridges a gap in Information Technology programmes offered between NQF Level 3 and the Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology.

Programme specific risks

Few hazards exist within the IT field. Ergonomic hazards may arise from poor equipment set up resulting in poor posture. Also, prolonged use of computers may result in eye strain and potential soft tissue discomfort or strains. You will be required to participate in Health and Safety training as part of your orientation at the start of the programme. 

Course content - on campus (Dunedin) 

Receive an introduction to computing and software that can lead to further training in industry or education. Courses include practical experience in web development, hardware, programming, operating systems and the internet. In addition to technical topics, you will learn industry skills and will explore online tools such as blogs and wikis. 

Course name Course description Level Credits
Web Development Learn how to create and manage a simple website to professional standards using common industry tools 4 15
Programming Discover how to plan, produce and document software development solutions for specified industry problems 4 15
Computer Essentials Gain an understanding of how to create, maintain and report on basic computing infrastructure to meet given specifications 4 15
IT Industry Skills Learn how to communicate professionally and use planning tools and methodologies  4 15
Total     60
Your workload - on campus (Dunedin)

This programme is delivered through 18 hours of classes per week for 17 weeks. You will be in small classes of around 20 students with excellent equipment and great staff. In addition, you will need to spend up to 12 hours per week in self-directed study (assignments and review work).

Course content - online (TANZ)
Course name Course description Level Credits
Technical IT Skills Install and configure a new operating system with confidence, connect necessary drives, access internet-based
services and apply basic networking and security systems. Learn how to assemble and disassemble standard 
computer hardware components.
4 15
Media Design and Development Learn how to create and build a website. Use a range of tools and techniques to develop a website, understand
multimedia such as the graphics, sound and video required for a successful website and gain knowledge of 
interactivity, accessibility and management systems. 
4 15
Information Management Learn the skills to investigate and deliver information management solutions competently. Gain the knowledge 
required to plan and establish an effective information management system that meets the needs of an 
organisation. Be introduced to basic concepts of business analysis, data modelling and reporting. 
4 15
Software Design and Development Create software solutions that meet the brief and needs of an organisation. Solve IT problems with the 
application of successful software solutions. Develop and test sorftware to conform to best practice programming
standards and improve user experience. Learn basic coding standards and documentation along with compiler, 
command line interface (CLI) and interpreters.
4 15
Total     60
Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification. 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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