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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


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New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5)

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19 weeks
Start date: 22-February-2022
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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Do you always seem to be the person who people ask to help them with their IT issues? Do you enjoy problem solving and understanding how things work? Why not turn your curiosity and know-now into a career in Information Technology?

Turn your love for computers into a career

Gain a qualification that will allow you to work in the IT industry. This six-month, full time programme is designed for people who already have a basic understanding of computers, but want to develop this further.

The skills you will learn in this programme will enable you to apply for entry-level IT support roles in Tier 1 - first line of support.

A great starting point with lots of pathway options

The Certificate in Information Technology is a great place to start. After six months you will have a certificate qualification, and have opened up options for work or further study.

This programme pathways into the second half of the

  • New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design
  • New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support

You can also pathway from here into the second year of the Bachelor of Information Technology.

What will I learn?

This programme is made up of four individual courses.

These are also the same four courses that students on NMIT's Diploma and Bachelor qualifications take, making it easy for you to decide later to study beyond this certificate level.

Communication for IT

  • Identify and explain how personal factors and behaviours can influence the communication process in business situations.
  • Apply effective interpersonal communication skills in business situations.
  • Demonstrate appropriate written and oral and visual presentation skills that are clear, concise, courteous and correct, using currently recognised business formats.
  • Discuss the influence of culture on communication in an IT context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the professional, legal, and ethical principles and practices required to act in a socially responsible manner as an emerging IT professional.

Computer Systems Architecture

  • Explain the principles of computer systems architecture.
  • Discuss the principles of operation of system hardware and software components for a current generation personal computer and explain how these components interact.
  • Construct a current generation PC-based computer system that satisfies the requirements of a case study.
  • Explain and apply safe working practices for computer systems construction.
  • Identify and apply problem solving processes relevant to troubleshooting for PC-based hardware and software components.
  • Use appropriate diagnostic tools, procedures and benchmark standards to optimise the configuration of components for a PC-based computer system.
  • Describe and implement protocols used in basic foundation networking including internet concepts.

Design and Develop Concepts

  • Explore the operation of IT businesses.
  • Identify a range of development life cycles used in IT.
  • Describe the importance of information management for an organization and implement a solution for a specific case study.
  • Investigate the User experience (Ux) and usability concepts in IT and apply to a particular web case study using effective interface design.

Introduction to Software Development

  • Outline the software design and development process.
  • Select and apply a suitable design methodology to the development of a software application to satisfy set requirements.
  • Select, explain and use number systems and data types in the design of software for set requirements.

Entry criteria

Applicants under 20 years of age

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 3. Entry requirements vary from country to country. OR

  • Any qualification (New Zealand or overseas) recognised by NZQA as being equivalent to achievement of NCEA Level 3
  • A qualification considered to be equivalent to the above

Applicants aged 20 years or above:

No academic qualifications are required. Evidence to support an applicant's ability to successfully undertake the Programme with a reasonable likelihood of success may be requested.

Other requirements

Students will require access to a recent model computer and a fast internet connection.

English language requirements:

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have:

An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band) issued within the last two years OR

A qualification considered to be equivalent to the above.

Special Entry

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the entry requirements may be granted entry to the Programme where they supply evidence to satisfy the Head of Department or delegate of their ability to succeed on the Programme.


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