FREE | Digital Skills Pathway [Level 4] | NZ Certificate in Information Technology Essentials [Level 4]

Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


19 weeks full-time


Level 4

IT Qualifications are in High Demand

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. The possibilities are endless.

The Digital Skills Pathway [Level 4] | NZ Certificate in Information Technology Essentials [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 eCampus NZ. There is a fee for this programme, it is not fees-free.


This programme is made up of four courses:

  • Technical IT Skills: hardware, operating systems and networking.
  • Media Design and Development: web design.
  • Information Management: databases.
  • Software Design and Development: coding.

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 and Outcomes

This qualification can lead to positions in general business requiring 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.

Study Pathways

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


On-campus Study

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

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

Online Study

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

Go to for details.


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. 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.