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New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5)


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One semester
  • Full-time
  • $4,014*
  • Level 5
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


Students will gain a broad understanding of information technology's core concepts and skills, including technical support, information systems, integration design, and software development.

This programme is the first semester of the diploma and degree if students decide to progress to further study.

Please note, students in this programme are encouraged to bring their own device (a laptop). Specifications can be found here.

View programme modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
​​COMP501Information Technology Operations

Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving

COMP506Interactive Digital Media5

Fundamentals of Information Systems
​​​ ​

Career/further opportunities

​Graduates of this programme will have the skills and knowledge to work in a wide variety of entry-level positions in the IT industry. They will be capable of applying the fundamentals of current and emerging concepts and practice in IT.

Additionally, those who go on to further learning may be granted credit recognition for this certificate qualification. They may only need to complete their learning for the additional skills and knowledge required, such as the New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) qualification, or they may go on to study at the undergraduate degree level. It is recognised that the programme outcomes' scope will match the requirements for IT support roles at Tier 1.


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 3; ​
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, 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: Thursday 18 July 2024
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: The Long Room, City Campus

On your first day (induction), you will be introduced to your tutors and new classmates, be given an overview of this programme, and receive a timetable. Returning students, please go straight to your first timetabled class.

What you will need

Wintec uses an innovative model of teaching and learning. As part of this initiative, student learning activities will be undertaken in flexible, adaptable, and agile learning environments.  

In this programme, we encourage you to bring your own device (eg a laptop). Laptop specifications can be found here.

It is important that you follow the setup instructions that will be sent to you by email before the start of your class. If you do not have a laptop, we have on-site vending machines that allow you to borrow laptops that can be accessed by all students and have all the necessary software needed for your studies.

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


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

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

    Prospectus (course guide)

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