NZ Certificate in Information Technology Essentials [Level 4]

Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


6 months


Level 4

IT Qualifications are in High Demand

The Digital Skills Pathway [Level 4] is a nationally recognized full-time, 19 week programme (or equivalent part-time) which offers you stimulating technology studies and provides a pathway towards your professional qualification in the computing industry.

The Digital Skills Pathway [Level 4] is ideal if you are a school-leaver without University Entrance or just want to get started in IT with the aim of progressing further in study and your career. The programme involves stimulating technology studies and provides you with a pathway towards a professional qualification in the computing industry, such as a Bachelor of Computing Systems (BCS).

Online Offering

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


This programme is designed for school-leavers without University Entrance, anyone wanting to get a start in studying IT, or anyone wishing to progress further in their professional IT studies.

This 19 week programme will prepare graduates for further study at EIT on the Bachelor of Computing Systems (BCS) degree.

The BCS is designed to prepare graduates for a professional career in IT.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

The qualification may provide access to positions in general business requiring a broad knowledge of hardware, software and information systems. However, the main purpose of the qualification is to provide a platform for more advanced study in Information Technology.

Possible career opportunities and further study include:
■ Helpdesk Operator
■ Trainee Computer Technician
■ Bachelor of Computing Systems student

Study Pathways

Successful completion of this programme leads to entry to the Bachelor of Computing Systems.


Two start dates each year for on-campus study:

  • February
  • July

Monthly start dates for online study.


Entry requirements and entry with credit

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.