New Zealand Education - Think New Logo

Institute of Technology or Polytechnic

Southern Institute of Technology
Southern Institute of Technology logo

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



20 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


If you love working with computers, a career in information technology is the perfect pathway for you. Develop essential technical and core IT skills that are needed in the industry or for further study.

You will learn:

Technical skills

  • Apply the fundamentals of IT technical support concepts and practice, to manage hardware and software resources to meet organisational requirements.
  • Apply the fundamentals of information systems concepts and practice to support and enhance organisational processes and systems.
  • Apply the fundamentals of interaction design concepts and practice to enhance interface design.
  • Apply the principles of software development to create simple working applications.

Core IT skills

  • Apply professional, legal, and ethical principles and practices in a socially responsible manner as an emerging IT professional.
  • Apply communication, personal and interpersonal skills to enhance effectiveness in an IT role.
  • Use problem-solving and decision-making techniques to provide innovative and timely Information Technology outcomes.

Businesses, organisations and communities will benefit from having IT professionals with a sound base understanding of both the technical and professional aspects of their profession.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma provides a pathway for graduates to progress to higher level qualifications in IT, or they may obtain employment in a range of entry level positions in the IT industry.

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme and be eligible for award of the qualification, New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5), they must have successfully met all assessment requirements and successfully completed all four 15 credit papers. This amounts to successful programme completion of 60 credits in accordance with the programme schedule.

Entry criteria

All applicants should be over the age of 16 years and have achieved one of the following:

NCEA Level 2: 60 credits at Level 2 or above, preferably including English, mathematics and science plus 20 credits from any level. In addition, the literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 1 must be met as follows:

Literacy requirement: Minimum of 10 credits through either specified assessment standards - available through a range of subjects and English for Academic Purposes unit standards 22750 and 22751, or unit standards - package of three literacy unit standards 26622, 26624, 26625 (all three required).

Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) or equivalent programme of study, knowledge, skills and experience.

Mature Applicants (20 years of age or above): Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) or equivalent programme of study, knowledge, skills and experience.

Language Requirements

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert - B2 Communicator International ESOL Written (LRW) HIGH PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than merit in any band

Studying in NZ

Register nowSign in

Share this course

Share this course