nZ certificate in iT essentialS*

If you’ve been looking for a foundation course to dip your toes into computer hardware or software development then our low-fees NZQA approved course is for you.This specialisation aims to equip students with a range of fundamental level IT skills. You’ll cover computer hardware, software concepts, user interface design and business analysis in a hands-on project based learning environment. Learnings from this programme may be used to enter the workforce or to continue onto higher level IT Study.


26 February 2018
23 July 2018


$3,200 *subject to TEC approval.
Eligible for 'Fees-Free' study


NZQF level 4


16 weeks


  • Computer Essentials—20 Credits
    Learners will experience business planning, management and the various roles in a small start-up information Technology business. Practical project management methodologies and tools typically used in a small business environment will be looked at. Project plan’s as well as lifecycle methodologies used by IT professionals conforming to organisational requirements for small start-up business will be covered.

    Business Essentials—20 Credits
    Learners will obtain the knowledge to use Information Technology including design of a small IT service and support start-up company. There will be underlining knowledge covering computer components and peripherals as well as hands on with assembling a pc, after the computer system has been assembled learners will be able to install and configure the Operating system including security and user accounts. Microsoft office will be covered in this (Access, Excel and word) leading to the Microsoft Office Specialist external qualification (Not included). Legal, Ethical licensing covering all software will also be covered during this aspect of the course. Learners will also gain vital communication skills (Oral and Written) which will aid them in the work place.

    Software Essentials—20 Credits
    Learners will obtain an introduction to fundamental programming concepts, tools and languages as well as mathematical and logical concepts relating to programming variables. CLI (Command Line Interface) and IDE’s (Integrated Development Environment) will be looked at relating to programming. Website design, HTML and
    basic scripting will also be a big portion of this module.


> Web Content Manager
> Junior Web Designer
> IT Office Specialist


We are a 'Category 1 Provider' (The best you can get). We provide students with a gateway to the IT industry and jobs of the future. We support and inspire dynamic, team-orientated and technically talented graduates who will help to grow New Zealand’s global reputation as skilled innovators while propelling their own careers forward.


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*Start dates are subject to change, pending enrolment numbers, availability and any unforeseen funding fluctuations. AMES reserves the right to modify schedules to best accommodate the internal running of the institute and to best serve the student learning experience.
**Animation College, as the registered PTE, awards all of the qualifications that are offered by AMES - The Institute of IT.

***This programme is pending final NZQA approval in alignment with the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) and in accordance with the Targeted Review of Qualifications (TroQ).