Go Anywhere with a Computing Career

The NZ Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) [Level 3] is a flexible study option to help you study while balancing family life, work and other commitments.

As a graduate you will be capable of using a range of common digital tools and technologies to an intermediate level, to produce and process information, and operate effectively with skills that will meet standard professional conventions and be internationally relevant.

This qualification will give you valuable industry relevant computing skills.

The programme consists of six courses. You must complete each course before you can move onto the next course. This process continues until all courses that make up the programme are completed. You will be required to complete a re-enrolment form at the beginning of each course. You will need to have all six courses completed within 24 months. StudyLink Loans and Allowances are not available for this programme due to EIT’s restricted enrolment process.

We have two ways you can enrol and complete this programme:

1.   You can enrol with EIT and study from home via blended learning using workbooks (that are sent to you) and a computer.  You will be supported by email or you can work at any of EIT’s Regional Learning Centres.

2.   You can enrol and work fully online through the eCampus NZ.

Online Offering

There is a fully online option of this programme also available through our business partner eCampus NZ.

There is a fee for this programme, it is not fees-free.


As a graduate of the NZ Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) [Level 3] you will be capable of using a range of common digital tools and technologies to an intermediate level. You will be able to produce and process information and operate effectively with skills that will meet standard professional conventions and be internationally relevant.

There are six courses within the programme that cover:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • Online Presentations
  • Internet and Email
  • Digital Communications
  • Basic Troubleshooting
  • Web Fundamentals
  • Online Ethics and Etiquette


Study at Home, On-campus or at a Learning Centre with EIT

There are four entry dates per year for on-campus study:

  • February
  • April
  • July
  • September

Study Online with eCampus

For online study through eCampus NZ there are flexible monthly start dates.

Go to www.ecampusnz.com for details.

Commitment and Delivery Method

  • You must have a computer with Internet, the ability to use someone else’s computer with Internet or the ability to come to an EIT Campus or Regional Learning Centre to use a computer.
  • You must have an email address that you check regularly.
  • You will need to complete Start-up Tasks via email before you are issued your course workbooks.
  • This programme only offers support via email with the tutors and drop in sessions at the Regional Learning Centres.
  • StudyLink loans and allowances and EIT Loan laptops are not available.

Your study time is flexible which means you can study from home or anywhere you like as no classes are taught.

Courses are delivered over nine (9) weeks. You must have each course completed in this timeframe. All four courses must be completed within 18 months.

You are required to manage your own learning and time over the nine week term, to ensure you complete all workbooks and assessments within the given timeframe.

Support is available if you require it, please refer to the chart below for details.

The Library Computers at the Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti campuses can also be used. These hours differ from time to time so please refer to the EIT website for hours.

The Learning Centre Computers can be used during their opening hours of 9.00am – 4.00pm but there is no assistance available.



Entry Criteria

This is an open entry programme which means no formal qualifications are required. You must be aged 16 or over and you are required to have a reasonable reading level in order to cope with the programme and to carry out written instruction.

Computer literacy is highly recommended in order to be able to cope with the digital components of the courses. Guidance and further details are provided in the application and enrolment information.

English Language Entry Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including schooling in New Zealand, completion of the relevant New Zealand Certificate in English Language, approved scores on IELTS tests or completion of accepted international equivalents. Specific scores for IELTS and New Zealand Certificates in English Language are as follows:

  • IELTS 5.0 General or Academic (no band score lower than 5)
  • NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic

For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Your possible employment opportunities include: Upskill your computer skills for your current employment or to help you seek employment requiring intermediate level computer knowledge.

Study Pathways

Your study pathway could progress onto:

  • NZ Certificate in Information Technology Essentials [Level 4]
  • Bachelor of Computing Systems


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 scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.