Course details

New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5)
NZQF Level 5

About the course

The New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5) qualification will give you a broad understanding of the core concepts and practical skills in information technology.

This qualification will help you gain valuable fundamental concepts and foundation knowledge for the information technology and computing subject areas. You will be able to build on your existing IT skills from previous qualifications or relevant experience.

As a graduate of this programme, you will be able to apply the fundamentals of current and emerging concepts and practices in IT. You will also be able to demonstrate awareness of appropriate professional practice, and work as part of a team and independently, under broad supervision.

This qualification will give you a pathway to the undergraduate IT degree programme, if you meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) degree.


When you complete this programme you will be able to:

  • apply 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 designs
  • apply the principles of software development to create simple working applications
  • apply professional, legal, and ethical principles and practices in a socially responsible manner as an emerging IT professional
  • use your communication, personal and interpersonal skills to enhance effectiveness in an IT role
  • use problem-solving and decision making techniques to provide innovative and timely IT outcomes.

About the provider

Open Polytechnic is New Zealand's leader in online and distance learning.

What’s our distance learning difference? It’s the almost 30,000 students who join us each year to study and achieve their career and personal goals.

It’s Open Polytechnic being New Zealand’s specialist distance learning provider for over 70 years. 


All our students study by distance.

Distance learning is what we do.


Our programmes are designed exclusively for distance learning. Our online courses include a range of rich content to engage you – readings, videos, interactive elements, case studies, quizzes and activities, and forums.


Our academic staff are experts at teaching by distance learning. It’s what they do.

They will be with you every step of the way to encourage you, and ensure you understand the course content. They will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need, so that you can succeed.


If you need other support or help, we’ve got a range of people here for you. 

With Open Polytechnic, you’re not alone.

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