FREE | Digital Skills Pathway [Level 5] | NZ Certificate in Information Technology [Level 5]

(via Degree enrolment)

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


19 weeks or equivalent part-time


Level 5

IT Qualifications are in High Demand

Are you interested in a career in New Zealand’s best-paid industry? IT qualifications are in high demand not just locally but worldwide.  A computing career can take you wherever you want to go. The possibilities are endless.

The Digital Skills Pathway [Level 5] (NZ Certificate in Information Technology [Level 5]) is ideal if you want to get started in IT with the aim of progressing further in study and career. The programme involves stimulating technology studies. Entry is via the Bachelor of Computing Systems (BCS) Degree.

If you are looking for an Information Technology qualification that will give you a wide range of IT skills together with the ability to cope with technological changes in the IT world, then look no further. Your IT future starts here.


The Digital Skills Pathway [Level 5] is a six month full-time equivalent programme of study requiring the successful completion of four 15 credit courses. Every course is compulsory.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with graduates who have attained a broad understanding of the core concepts and practical skills in Information Technology (IT).

This qualification builds on your existing IT skills from previous qualifications, or relevant experience, and provides the common core for all of the pathways in the professional IT suite of New Zealand qualifications.

Primarily, it will equip you for further IT related study, and may also prepare you for employment in an entry level IT role.

As a graduate you will be capable of applying the fundamentals of current and emerging concepts and practice in IT. You will also be able to demonstrate awareness of appropriate professional practice, and work both as part of a team and independently, under broad supervision.

Subject Areas 

  • IT Concepts and Tools
  • Website Development
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Programming Fundamentals

You’re welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff either in person or by phone and you can also arrange a visit to view our facilities.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

As a graduate of this qualification you will have the skills and knowledge to work in the IT industry in a range of entry level roles. The scope of the qualification outcomes matches requirements for IT support roles at Tier 1.

This qualification can lead to positions in general business requiring broad knowledge of hardware, software and IT. Career opportunities include roles as a helpdesk operator or a trainee computer technician. However, the main purpose of the programme is to provide you with a platform for more advanced study in IT.


Study Pathways

Your study pathway could progress onto: Bachelor of Computing Systems.


Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit


Start date:

  • July

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairawhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.