FREE | NZ Certificate in Computing (Foundation User) (Level 2)

Go anywhere with a computing career

Computer skills will help you get a job, promotions and earn more money.  So why not enrol at EIT | Te Pūkenga for the NZ Certificate in Computing (Foundation User) (Level 2) – it’s free and flexible with hours that allow you to study around work and family commitments, you won’t regret it.

If you have little knowledge, skills or experience in computing then this is a great programme to start with. It is based on self-paced workbooks with tutor assistance if required. This programme uses the Microsoft Office suite of software.

This certificate provides foundation computing skills designed to give you a base level of computing skills for any industry or work place.


There are four entry dates per year:

  • January
  • April
  • July
  • September

Important info

  • 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 | Te Pūkenga 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 | Te Pūkenga loan laptops are not available.


As a graduate of the NZ Certificate in Computing (Foundation User) (Level 2) you will be capable of using digital technologies to produce and process information and operate effectively while performing a range of basic tasks. This qualification is an essential base level of computing skills for any industry. This programme will cover:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Internet and Email
  • Google Docs and Google Slides
  • Socail Media
  • Computer hardware and software
  • File and folder management
  • Graphics and Paint
  • Common digital devices
  • Conventions of online etiquette
  • Problem solving techniques


Entry criteria

  • Regular access and use of a computer with reliable internet or working from an EIT | Te Pūkenga Learning Centre is required.
  • Computer literacy is highly recommended in order to be able to cope with the digital components of the courses.
  • Entry into the programme is open which means no formal academic qualifications are required.
  • You should have a computer or access to a computer to complete this programme.

English language entry requirements

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

Commitment and delivery method

  • 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 the nine (9) week timeframe.
  • You are required to manage your own learning and time over the nine (9) week term, to ensure you complete all workbooks and assessments within the given timeframe.
  • You will have email support from the tutors.
  • In person support is available via Learning Facilitators 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 for hours.
  • The Learning Centre Computers can be used during their opening hours of 9.00am-4.00pm but there is no assistance available.


Your future career and study opportunities

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

There are many computing, accounting and business programmes you can continue on with after you’ve completed the NZ Certificate in Computing (User Fundamentals) (Level 2), such as the NZ Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3).  Just ask one of our friendly staff to find out more.

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. 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
Tairāwhiti Campus


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