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Certificate in IT  Essentials (level 4)

This is a programme delivered in Taranaki by Learner Me. Learn the fundamentals of Information Technology in just 18 weeks.

This programme is a great place to start learning about the IT industry. It has a practical, hands-on focus which will provide you with the transferable skills and knowledge to be employed in a range of entry-level support roles in an organisation.

Fees Free May Apply.

*This programme is pending NZQA approval.

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Key Dates 

March 2024

Qualification

Pre-degree certificate, 60 credits

Duration

18 weeks full time in Taranaki

Cost

Domestic $3,545 + 150 Student Service  Levy.

Fees Free may Apply

All 2024 fees are subject to change and regulatory approval.

  • What is Fees Free?
    You are able to get one year of tertiary study or two years’ training up to the value of $12,000 fees-free. The equivalent of one year’s full-time study fees-free at an institute of technology, polytechnic, private training establishment, universe or wānanga. Up to 24 months of an apprenticeship or training fees-free with an employer or industry training organisation.
  • Can I access StudyLink?
    Yes, you can access StudyLink for most of the programmes offered at Learner Me. If you are studying part-time, however, there may be other prerequisite conditions that you will need to verify. You can check your eligibility on the StudyLink website, or by clicking here.
  • Can I Study Part-Time?
    Yes, you can, however, part-time study is recommended only for the Level 4 IT Essentials programme. Part-time study is not available for the Level 4 Digital Media and Design programme. Generally, students in full-time study will study for 2 semesters, or 6 months, and must complete 2 papers per semester. Part-time students, however, will study 4 semesters, or 12 months, but will only need to complete 1 paper per semester. Choosing to study part-time on a programme that, for full-time study would last more than 1 year, is not recommended.
  • What is the required age of study?
    The required age differs from programme to programme. -Tech Academy is for high school students in years 12 and 13. -Hangarau Akoranga is for 15-24 year olds, particularly those who are not in education, training, or employment. -Level 4 & 5 certificate and diploma programmes, domestic students must turn 17 within their first year of study, while international students must turn 18 within their first year of study.
  • Is Learner Me NZQA Accredited?
    Yes, Learner Me is a NZQA Accredited organisation.
  • Where can I park?
    The parks outside Learner Me in New Plymouth are for Proformac staff and customers only. For either campus in New Plymouth or Hāwera, there are free parks on the surrounding roads near the campus. For more information on this, click here, or manually go to the “Student Life” tab, then scroll down to find the Parking Map.
  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
    The Level 4 NZ Certificate in IT Essentials is a 60-credit programme, consisting of four x 15 credit course. This is a six-month programme (18 weeks excluding 2 weeks study breaks), intended to educate students on the basics of ICT.
  • PROGRAMME OUTCOMES
    Apply knowledge of computer hardware, operating systems, applications, networks, storage and security to provide support for hardware and software resources and a foundation for infrastructure in the IT Profession. Apply knowledge of database design, development, queries and management, to support organisational information systems requirements Apply knowledge and concepts of business analysis, user experience and interface design, to create interactive digital media. Apply knowledge of programming fundamentals, mathematical and logical concepts that underpin computational thinking, and concepts of software development to write code and create simple applications. Apply industry relevant project management and planning tools and methodologies to meet the requirements of specified briefs. Apply appropriate professional and ethical principles and practices to comply with essential legal and organisational requirements in a range of contexts within the IT industry. Communicate and collaborate clearly and professionally to maintain relationships and achieve objectives in a range of contexts within the IT industry.
  • COURSE OUTLINE
    This programme is a great place to start learning about the IT industry. It has a practical, hands-on focus which will provide you with the transferable skills and knowledge to be employed in a range of entry-level support roles in an organisation. Successful completion of the Level 4 NZ Certificate in IT Essentials also provides automatic entry into the Information Technology programmes at Level 5 programme.
  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
    Domestic Student Entry Requirements: Completed application form Minimum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study
  • KEY INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS
    NZ Government key information link for learners, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme.
  • PROGRAMME OVERVIEW
    1: Introduction to Graphic Design Overview: Learn principles, elements, and processes of graphic design and typography, the foundation of visual communication. Emphasis: Develop an understanding of design principles, compositional strategies, and typographic techniques. Skills: Gain industry-standard technical skills in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. 2: Drawing and Digital Media Overview: Explore drawing and digital processes related to photography, moving image, and concept design. Content: Understand drawing practices as part of the graphic design workflow. Projects: Work on digital photography, motion graphics, storyboarding, and concept design. Skills: Develop proficiency in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. 3: Graphic Illustration Overview: Get an introduction to illustration processes and techniques with a focus on digital production and graphical styles. Content: Experiment with various illustrative media and contemporary themes. Skills: Develop technical skills for rendering both analogue and digital illustrations. 4: Publication Design Overview: Explore principles and processes of publication design with a focus on specific audiences. Content: Understand functionality in graphic design and compositional strategies for page layout. Workshops: Design Research Workshop Focus: Fundamental methods of visual recording, critical analysis, and experimental work-making. Activities: Accessing and recording information from various sources to build a visual reference bank. Contextual Studies Workshop Focus: Critical and collaborative work-making related to contextual themes. Projects: Generation of creative concepts from research translating into collaborative art and design projects with peers. Portfolio Techniques Workshop Focus: Portfolio design and exhibition practices. Purpose: Collate all creative works generated during the program into a conclusive showcase of your work.
  • KEY INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS
    NZ Government key information link for learners, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme.
  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
    Domestic Student Entry Requirements: Completed application form Minimum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study
  • CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
    Digital Designer Publication Designer Illustrator Designer
  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
    The Level 5 NZ Certificate in Information Technology is a 60-credit programme, consisting of four x 15 credit courses. A full-time student is expected to complete the programme in up to six months (18 weeks excluding 2 weeks study breaks). This programme has full-time and part-time study options available. If you are interested in studying this programme part-time, please speak to our admissions team. For further information email: info@learnerme.ac.nz
  • PROGRAMME OUTCOMES
    Apply the fundamentals of information systems concepts and practice to support and enhance organisational processes and systems Apply the fundamentals of IT technical support concepts and practice to manage hardware and software resources to meet organisational requirements Apply the fundamentals of interaction design concepts and practice to enhance interface design Use problem-solving and decision-making techniques to provide innovative and timely information technology outcomes Apply professional, legal, and ethical principles and practices in a socially responsible manner as an emerging IT professional Apply the principles of software development to create simple working applications Apply communication, personal, and interpersonal skills to enhance effectiveness in an IT role
  • CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
    Programming Web Developer Network/Systems Administration Systems Analyst
  • KEY INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS
    NZ Government key information link for learners, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme.
  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
    Domestic Student Entry Requirements: Completed application form Minimum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 including: 14 credits in Digital Technologies or Computing AND 10 credits in Maths AND 10 credits in English at NCEA Level 2 or above If you do not have the above, you must have one of the following: Equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience - 50% pass in online assessment Certificate in IT Essentials
  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
    The Level 5 NZ Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support is a 120-credit programme, consisting of eight x 15 credit courses. A full-time student is expected to complete the programme in up to one year (36 weeks excluding study breaks). This programme has full-time and part-time study options available. If you are interested in studying this programme part-time, please speak to our admissions team. For further information email: info@learnerme.ac.nz
  • PROGRAMME OUTCOMES
    Select, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot IT hardware, networking, systems, and application software in a secure manner to meet security, ethical, and organizational requirements. Apply a broad operational knowledge of networking technologies, security, associated services, and troubleshooting techniques to meet organizational requirements. Learning must include reference models, addressing, cabling, wireless, protocols, topologies, industry networking standards, LAN and WAN devices; auditing, logging, authentication, authorization. Apply knowledge of database administration and query languages to meet organizational data storage and retrieval requirements, including database management system (DBMS) optimization, cleansing, security, and backups. Apply knowledge of established IT Service Management frameworks to meet organizational customer service requirements. Apply the fundamentals of information systems concepts and practice, including business concepts, development life cycles, data modeling and administration, to support and enhance organizational processes and systems. Apply knowledge and concepts of business analysis, user experience, and interface design to create accessible interactive digital media. Apply the fundamental principles of software development, including fundamental mathematical and logical concepts that underpin computational and systems thinking, to plan, create, test, and document simple working code. Apply professional, legal, and ethical principles and practices in a socially responsible manner as an emerging IT professional. Apply communication, collaboration, teamwork, documentation, and customer service skills to enhance effectiveness in an IT role. Apply critical analysis and decision-making techniques to solve problems and provide relevant and timely IT outcomes.
  • CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
    IT Tech Support Roles Network Technician Help Desk Analyst Technical Support Specialist
  • INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION
    This qualification offers training towards the following globally recognised vendor certifications: CompTIA A+ (220-901 / 220-902) CompTIA Network+ N10-006
  • KEY INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS
    NZ Government key information link for learners, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme.
  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
    Domestic Student Entry Requirements: Completed application form Minimum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 including: 14 credits in Digital Technologies or Computing AND 10 credits in Maths AND 10 credits in English at NCEA Level 2 or above If you do not have the above, you must have one of the following: 50% pass in online assessment Certificate in IT Essentials Certificate in Information Technology Other appropriate NCEA Level 3 or higher qualification or experience as determined by academic staff
  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
    The Level 5 NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design is a 120-credit programme, consisting of eight x 15 credit courses. A full-time student is expected to complete the programme in up to one year (36 weeks excluding study breaks). This programme has full-time and part-time study options available. If you are interested in studying this programme part-time, please speak to our admissions team. For further information email: info@learnerme.ac.nz
  • PROGRAMME OUTCOMES
    Apply the fundamentals of information systems concepts and practice to determine and analyze client requirements and prepare and present relevant web solution(s). Write code that adheres to coding and other appropriate web standards to implement and customize a secure and accessible solution using frameworks, libraries, and appropriate plug-in modules. Learning must include data access and management. Apply HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) principles to design and implement accessible and responsive user interfaces (UI) that enhance user experience (UX) and functionality. Create and execute a test plan consistent with industry standards to test functionality and usability of a web solution on multiple platforms to meet client requirements. Implement, configure, and deploy a tested web solution, including creating accurate and clear documentation for both end users and technical staff, to meet client requirements. Apply the fundamentals of IT technical support concepts and practice to securely manage hardware, software, and networking resources to support end users and meet security, ethical, and organizational requirements. Learning must include provisioning infrastructure and services for software development, towards continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD). Apply the fundamental principles of software development, including fundamental mathematical and logical concepts that underpin computational and systems thinking, to plan, create, test, and document simple working code. Apply professional, legal, and ethical principles and practices in a socially responsible manner as an emerging IT professional. Apply communication, collaboration, teamwork, documentation, and customer service skills to enhance effectiveness in an IT role. Apply critical analysis and decision-making techniques to solve problems and provide relevant and timely IT outcomes.
  • CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
    Web Designer Web Developer Front End Designer UX Designer
  • KEY INFORMATION FOR LEARNERS
    NZ Government key information link for learners, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme
  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
    Domestic Student Entry Requirements: Completed application form Minimum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 including: 14 credits in Digital Technologies or computing AND 10 credits in Maths AND 10 credits in English at NCEA Level 2 or above If you do not have the above, you must have one of the following: 50% pass in online assessment Certificate in IT Essentials Certificate in Information Technology Diploma in Information Technology - Technical Support Other appropriate NCEA Level 3 or higher qualification or experience as determined by academic staff
  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
    The Level 6 NZ Diploma in Software Development is a 240-credit programme, consisting of 14 x 15 credit courses and one x 30 credit project. A full-time student is expected to complete the programme in up to two years (72 weeks excluding study breaks).
  • PROGRAMME OUTCOMES
    Analyse requirements and apply appropriate modelling tools, SDLC, and HCI principles, to design and document software solutions for a range of problems in an organisational context, including creating accurate and clear technical and user documentation/resources Write and maintain complex programs using design patterns, data structures, and algorithms to meet specifications and software development standards Apply a range of software quality assurance techniques, including designing and executing a variety of tests, to verify the correctness of systems in a range of platforms to meet requirements, and document results Apply data management and storage technologies to support the software application and the development process to match the application domain Integrate security and privacy principles throughout software development to ensure application security and system integrity using current best practice Select, justify, and apply architecture, patterns, services, technologies, and tools to implement the software solution/s using current and emerging technologies Apply IT technical support concepts and practice to securely manage hardware, software, and networking resources to support end-users and meet security, ethical, and organisational requirements in a software development context Apply professional and ethical practices with integrity to meet the industry-wide expectations of a responsible IT professional, in accordance with legal, regulatory, and organisational requirements Apply communication, information design, teamwork, personal, and interpersonal skills to enhance working effectiveness, efficiency, and quality outcomes in a variety of situations in an organisational environment Apply project managements tools and techniques, using critical thinking, enterprise skills, and knowledge of project planning, management and control, to an IT related project, to analyse and solve problems
  • KEY INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
    NZ Government key information link for students, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme
  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
    Domestic Student Entry Requirements: Completed application form Minimum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 including: 14 credits in Digital Technologies or Computing AND 10 credits in Maths AND 10 credits in English at NCEA Level 2 or above If you do not have the above, you must have one of the following: 50% pass in online assessment Certificate in IT Essentials Certificate in Information Technology Diploma in Information Technology - Technical Support Diploma in Web Development and Design Other appropriate NCEA Level 3 or higher qualification or experience as determined by academic staff Equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience as determined by academic staff
  • Programme Aim and Purpose
    The aim of this Programme is to assist students develop core digital web development skills, knowledge and application that provides a foundation for employment or further study. It aims to introduce students to the skills, work and approaches used in industry and enable students to make informed study/career pathway decisions. This qualification will equip students with intermediate level transferable digital skills which will assist them obtain entry level positions or to further their professional development in a range of industries / contexts. The key purpose of the qualification is to provide New Zealand organisations and communities with graduates who have intermediate level computer user skills and who can be employed in a range of entry level roles. Graduates will be capable of using a range of common digital tools and technologies to an intermediate level to produce and process information, and operate effectively with skills that will meet standard professional conventions and be internationally relevant. This qualification may build on existing skills that can be used to recognise the achievement of relevant knowledge and skills by those already employed. This qualification can complement other qualifications in specific industries.
  • Programme Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this Programme students will be able to: · Understand and apply basic computing network, hardware and software technologies, terminology and concepts. · Use the internet and common digital devices and software to gather information and connect with other users and devices · Use the main features of a HTML edition to create a website · Develop and evaluate an interactive website for organisation use. · Investigate, plan design and create digital outcome (website) solutions to meet the requirements of a specified brief. · Implement security solutions when using digital tools
  • Admission and Entry Requirements
    This is an open entry Course with no prerequisites. Although, students must at least 16 years old (at the date of admission), demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success and have sufficient literacy and English language proficiency. Students are required to attend an interview before being accepted.
  • Programme Learning / Career Pathways
    This Course provides an education pathway from Level 1 & 2 NCEA and foundation skills Courses. Graduates can be employed in a range of entry-level roles or proceed to further study. The Course provides a pathway in to a range of higher-level qualifications and graduates may progress to further study in a variety of areas at Level 3 or above, such as the NZ Certificate in Computing Level 3 (Intermediate User), the NZ Certificate in Computing Level 4 (Advanced User), the NZ Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5) or a more specialised qualification such as the NZ Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5).
  • Programme Aim & Purpose
    The aim of this Programme is to assist students develop core digital and computer skills, knowledge and application that provides a foundation for employment or further study. It aims to introduce students to the skills, work and approaches used in industry and enable students to make informed study/career pathway decisions. This Course will equip students with intermediate level transferable digital skills which will assist them obtain entry level positions, contribute to community outcomes or to progress onto further study. The key purpose of the Programme is to provide New Zealand organisations and communities with graduates who have intermediate level computer user skills and who can be employed in a range of entry level roles. Graduates will be capable and confident in using a range of common digital tools and technologies to an intermediate level; to produce and process information, and operate effectively with skills that will meet standard professional conventions and be internationally relevant. 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, and common hardware and software problems
  • Programme Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this Course students will be able to: i. Use a wide range of features, functions and settings of digital devices, software and techniques to search, access, create, combine, manipulate, store and share data, and explore current and emerging trends in the use of digital tools. ii. Investigate, plan, consult, design and develop integrated solutions to meet the requirements of a specified brief. iii. Identify risks and consistently apply appropriate ethics and practices when using digital tools and digitally stored and transmitted information to securely and legally operate in a digital environment. iv. Collaborate and communicate effectively with others in a range of formal and informal digital environments, using appropriate communication principles, etiquette and tools. v. Manage own learning and work effectively in a digital context. vi. Use problem solving techniques to trouble-shoot, fix or escalate a range of common hardware and software problems be selecting from known solutions.
  • Admission and Entry Requirements
    This is an open entry Programme with no mandatory academic qualification prerequisites. However, students must be at least 16 years old (at the date of admission), demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of successfully completing the Course and have sufficient literacy and English language proficiency. Students are required to attend an interview before being accepted. Prospective learners may also be requested to provide evidence of their current level of knowledge and skills and their ability to successfully undertake the Course with a reasonable likelihood of success. Students may be required to complete a pre-enrolment activity to demonstrate their capability. If necessary, students will be given the opportunity to complete the Learner Me Computer Fundamentals Course (Level 2, 8 Credits) prior to enrolment in this Course.
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