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Certificate in Computing (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate user) (Level 3)


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Fees-free ($3,670)*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees-free or Youth Guarantee
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton City Campus or Online delivery
Note: Part-time study options are only available online.


Students in this programme will learn intermediate computing skills to prepare for work or further study. Students will learn skills in project management, web development, branding and design, as well as professional ethical practice, security risks, common hardware and software problems.

Tutors will support students at every step on their journey and extensive online support is provided. All classes take place in computer labs.

Students can enrol full time or there is an online option. With this national qualification, students can improve their job prospects or go onto further study.

What you will learn

Learning takes place in a project-based environment so that computing skills can be gained in a real-life context. As part of a technology design team, students will learn skills in project management, web development, branding and design. The course also introduces professional, ethical practices, security risks and how to fix common hardware and software problems.

View programme modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
​ BUAD305​File Management22  
BUAD306 ​Word Integration34  
BUAD307 ​Spreadsheets33  
BUAD308 ​Database33  
BUAD309 ​Desktop Publishing44  
​ BUAD310​Project Plan Tools33  
BUAD311 ​Collaboration37  
​ BUAD312​Ethics & Compliance35  
BUAD313 Interactive Website35  
BUAD316 Design Solutions35  
BUAD317 ​Schematic Diagrams22  
BUAD318 ​Risk & Security35  
BUAD319 ​Use Digital Devices23  
BUAD320 ​Synchronise Data32  
BUAD321 ​Troubleshoot and Fix33  
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Graduate profile

Thanks to the Certificate in Computing, Naydeen was able to land a job in the energy sector, and can build her career with the skills she gained at Wintec.

Naydeen opted to study the Certificate in Computing online, as this meant she could work at her own pace, study from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection or even utilise the early hours of the morning when she couldn't sleep. The Certificate in Computing course is also delivered face-to-face at the Wintec City Campus.

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Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this programme will boost their job prospects and may be employed in a range of entry-level roles.

This qualification provides a pathway into a range of qualifications. Graduates may progress to further study in a variety of areas at Level 4 or above, such as:

This qualification can complement other qualifications related to specific industries. Graduates may also be equipped to attempt optional industry certifications at the appropriate level.


Frequently asked questions

How much time outside of class will I need to spend on study?

This programme is made up of direct teaching hours and self-directed or independent study. If you study full-time, you have 22 hours each week of timetabled classes in our computer labs. 

You are also expected to complete 16 hours per week of self-directed study. Self-directed study includes, but is not limited to:

  • Previewing the topic of the week before coming to class and doing any recommended readings or exercises to prepare for the session
  • Reviewing your class notes and any resources on Moodle after your class
  • Reading the recommended readings/materials as directed by your tutor
  • Planning and preparing for assessments
  • Flipped classroom preparation
Who is this certificate best suited to and what are the benefits?

This programme is open to anyone who wants to gain transferrable computer skills. No previous study or work experience is needed to apply, and there are full or part-time options available.

Computing skills are highly sought after and are used across all industries. The skills and knowledge gained may help you improve job prospects or go on to study further.

This qualification also provides a pathway into a range of qualifications. Graduates may progress to further study in a variety of areas, such as:
Can I work and study at the same time?
As a full-time student, we advise limiting your work hours to what you can manage. We recommend that those in full-time employment take advantage of our part-time online option that includes the flexibility to work while you study.


Entry criteria

This programme is open to anyone who wants to study. You don't need any previous study or work experience to apply.

Selection criteria

Students may be required to have an interview.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) academic score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 2 2024

Date: Friday 19 July 2024
Time: 10am-1pm
Venue: A2.04a, A Block, City Campus

If you are a new student, it is compulsory for you to attend your first day (induction) and we welcome you to bring whānau and friends to support you. You will be introduced to your tutors and new classmates, be given an overview of this programme, and receive a personalised timetable. Online students are encouraged to attend, but it is not compulsory. 

What you will need

Please bring a pen and notebook on your first day. There are no required textbooks for this course, and workbooks will be provided to you on your first day. You have the option of bringing your own device (eg a laptop or tablet). You will also have access to computer labs and computers in the campus hubs.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information

If you have any questions or need help, please contact us at 0800 2 Wintec or visit the Centre for Education and Foundation Pathways office, located in D Block on the lower ground floor at the City Campus.



Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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    Clinical placement

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