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NZ Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4)

Digital Skills Pathway

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


6 months


Level 4

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Setting the foundation for a career in computing

Fancy 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. This certificate 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.


This programme is made up of four courses:

  • IT Foundations
  • Web Design Foundations
  • Programming Foundations
  • Database Project

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.

Your future career and study opportunities

This qualification can lead to positions in general businesses requiring a broad knowledge of hardware, software and IT.

Your possible employment 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.

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


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February (both Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti)
  • July (Hawke’s Bay only)


Entry requirements

English language entry requirements

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 | 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

Sisters Grace and Ella Patterson reaping the rewards of computing study and career outcomes.


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