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

Gain a firm grasp of IT foundation skills and begin your journey towards becoming an IT professional. This programme can be a great pathway to further learning or give you essential skills for employment.

Not offered in 2023

Unfortunately, this programme will not be offered in 2023. Email to express your interest for 2024. If you're happy to learn fully online, you could check out the programme offered through Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga.


About the programme

Want to gain a firm grasp of IT foundation skills? 

This programme will enable you to learn about a variety of topics within the computer field, acquire essential skills towards becoming an IT professional and take the opportunity to explore and establish an understanding of a range of computer concepts.

Computing skills are now fundamental life skills and there are currently far more IT-related jobs than there are graduates. Employers are desperate for individuals with a good awareness of the industry and a willingness to continue developing new skills. IT is a global industry and the right qualification will create a whole world of opportunities for you. With further study, career possibilities are diverse and include business computing, network administration, technical support, hardware, software, database, web development and much more.

You can study this programme at our Dunedin Campus or online via Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga.

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We also offer this programme part-time over one year.


Consisting of four compulsory courses, this programme is designed to enhance readiness for further study in computing and related fields. There is a philosophy of "applied learning" throughout the Certificate and you will undertake tasks that are based on what actually happens in the IT industry; this enables you to fully understand the task that you are completing and to comprehend how your learning is relevant to your success within the industry. 

Course name Course description Level Credits
Industry skills Communicate professionally and demonstrate capability to meet specified outcomes in an IT professional context. 3 15
Software skills Produce professional documents, using appropriate software applications, for specified purposes within an IT industry context. 3 15
Device essentials Use and maintain digital devices effectively in order to meet specified outcomes in an IT professional context. 3 15
Applied tools Use appropriate software tools to function effectively within an IT industry context.  3 15
Total      60

Further study options

Advance your skills and expand your employment potential with the New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) and the Bachelor of Information Technology. We offer the Level 4 Certificate on campus in Dunedin or online via eCampus.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.