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Whitecliffe College of Technology and Innovation

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (L5)

Systems Technology

Programme Overview

This programme will primarily equip you for further IT related study, and prepare you for employment in an entry level IT role. You will gain the essential IT and professional skills that are needed in today's IT industry with training in IT systems, programming principles, professional practice, data handling and web concepts.

Programme Structure

The level 5 certificate is a 60 credit programme, consisting of four x 15 credit courses. These courses start every five weeks. The first 20 working days are the study days on the course. The last five days include a day each for revision and the final assessment, and days for study break.

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Further Study Options

Want to be a Web Developer, Software Developer or an IT Support Hero? 
Upon successful completion of the Level 5 Certificate you can further enhance your IT career opportunities with the following diploma programmes at Computer Power Plus.

Major Qualification Goals:

This qualification provides the essential core, professional and technical skills required to help you enter the IT industry in a range of entry level roles.

IT Core and Technical Skills

  • Apply the fundamentals of information systems concepts and practice to support and enhance organisational processes and systems.
  • Apply the fundamentals of IT technical support concepts and practice to manage hardware and software resources to meet organisational requirements.
  • Apply the fundamentals of interaction design concepts and practice to enhance interface design.
  • Apply the principles of software development to create simple working applications.
  • 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.
  • Apply professional, legal, and ethical principles and practices in a socially responsible manner as an emerging IT professional.


  • Full-time study: 20 Weeks
    20 hours on campus/week - Monday to Thursday + 15 hours/week home study
  • Part-time study: 80 Weeks
    10 hours on campus/week - Monday to Thursday + 7.5 hours/week home study

Choose to study in the morning, afternoon or evening shift. Saturday mornings are also available.

2019 Start Dates

  • Intakes are now closed for 2018.
  • Next intakes are 28 January and 4 March

Course content and learning outcomes

IT Systems

  • Hardware concepts and components
  • Software components and configuration
  • Operating system concepts and configuration
  • IT support concepts
  • Systems security concepts and tools
Learning Outcomes:
  • Install and configure hardware and software components of computer architecture
  • Configure a variety of operating systems
  • Explain the hardware and software components of a network, including the Internet
  • Apply the fundamentals of IT technical support concepts and practice to manage hardware and software resources to meet organisational and end user requirements
  • Discuss a range of security concepts, tools and techniques

Data Handling and Web Concepts

  • Structured Query Language (SQL), to give students the skill and knowledge to use the basics of Microsoft SQL Server
  • Designing websites which gives an understanding of website design using HTML5 and CSS
  • Networking fundamentals - an understanding of the basic concepts of computer networks
Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the relational model of database design
  • Employ a range of common SQL statements
  • Analyse and solve data handling problems
  • Design and build a website, using appropriate techniques, taking usability and communication into account
  • Discuss the legal, ethical and security related issues surrounding gathering, storing, accessing and sharing information
  • Test and reflect on the usability of a website focussing on its ability to communicate its content clearly

Professional Practice

  • Legal and regulatory considerations relevant to IT
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Professional conduct and codes of practice
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Information presentation techniques
  • Business context of IT, information systems, initiation and management of IT projects
Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss legislation that relates to the IT industry
  • Explain the importance of ethical behaviour and evaluate the main ethical considerations facing IT professionals
  • Discuss the organisational context and impact of IT on business
  • Apply information presentation skills
  • Apply personal and interpersonal skills including, leadership, teamwork and relationship management
  • Develop and propose a solution to meet a business need
  • Understand role of information systems in an organisation and explain how they support organisational goals

Programming Principles

  • Creating procedural and object oriented programs using Python
  • Mathematical and logical concepts underpinning programming
Learning Outcomes:
  • Compare and contrast a range of design principles, including human computer interaction and accessibility
  • Create, debug and test simple programs using fundamental programming constructs, principles and tools
  • Work with both procedural and objected oriented methods
  • Demonstrate understanding of the objectives, people involved, tasks and deliverables of each stage in the systems development life cycle
  • Use a variety of number bases such as binary, decimal and hexadecimal


Download Programme Guide

Information Technology Programme Guide


What do I need to start?

  • All Students: A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3, including 14 credits in Digital Technologies or Computing AND a minimum of 10 credits in Maths AND 10 credits in English at Level 2 or above,
    OR Equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
  • If you do not have the above NCEA requirements or equivalent IT-related qualification, you can take our Skills and Knowledge Assessment which can be taken online on any device. Contact us at info@cpp.ac.nz to request a link to this equivalency assessment.
  • If you do not have the above IT qualifications or equivalent, you can take our Skills and Knowledge Assessment which can be taken online on any device. Contact us at info@cpp.ac.nz to request a link to this equivalency assessment.
  • Have access to a desktop computer, laptop or tablet with broadband Internet connection for home study.

Programme Fees

If you are a first-time tertiary student and NZ citizen you may be eligible for FEES FREE study in 2019. For more details visit: www.feesfree.govt.nz

Fees include all campus based learning materials needed to successfully complete this diploma.

Domestic Student Fees:

2019: $3,306  (GST inclusive).

If you plan to pay your fees by Student Loan and/or apply for a Student Allowance, you need to apply online at www.studylink.govt.nz and clicking on their APPLY NOW link. The application will work out what you are entitled to and will allow you to apply.

How to Enrol

  • Make an appointment to see our enrolment consultant
  • Request a link to do our online IT Skills and Knowledge entrance Assessment if you do not have a Level 3 Certificate in Computing or IT-related equivalent.

Apply to Enrol Online


Computer Power Plus specialises in IT training. You can study this NZ Certificate at one of our three main training centres: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch.