Diploma in Hardware and Operating Systems

With this diploma you’ll gain the relevant computer skills and experience to meet national and international employment opportunities in hardware, operating systems and networking.

When you graduate you’ll be fully equipped to identify and advise on business IT requirements. With a full range of practical and theoretical skills right at your fingertips, you’ll be able to apply appropriate practices and procedures in response to a variety of technical issues.


Hawkes Bay Campus

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year

Course Type

Domestic, International

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Graduating with the Diploma in Hardware and Operating Systems will open up an exciting future in the IT sector. You’ll work at the forefront of business operations embracing and advancing technology every day.

This ‘hands-on’ diploma could lead you towards the following IT roles:

  • Computer technician

  • Operating system administrator

  • Junior network administrator

  • IT help desk administrator


Upon completing the Diploma in Hardware and Operating Systems you’ll be ready to meet industry demands head-on.  The practical experience you’ll have gained as part of this programme will ensure you have the professional and independent skills to operate in the technological world.

The subject areas you’ll study include:

  • Hardware basics

  • Network administration

  • Operating system maintenance (Windows, Linux)

  • Project activity

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke's Bay campus, or simply give us call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.


There is one entry date per year:

  • Mid February


All applicants are required to meet either the standard or provisional entry requirements as listed below.

Standard Entry

Applicants over 20 years

  • All applicants will be considered.

Applicants under 20 years

Applicants less than 20 years old must have:

  • A minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects and a minimum of eight credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; four credits must be in reading and four credits must be in writing and a minimum of 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 in mathematics or pangarau.  The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standard or;

  • At least 75 NCEA credits at Level 2 in a maximum of four subjects in one year or;

  • An equivalent or higher level secondary school qualification or;

  • Completion of the Diploma in Information and Communications Technology Level 5 or;

  • Evidence of relevant work experience in information and communications technology.


  • Students are required to provide evidence of knowledge and skills in data storage and data manipulation and MS Office applications.

Provisional Entry

  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed
    (e.g. maturity, life experience, work experience, other study) or;

  • Are enthusiastic and motivated to achieve or;

  • Provide evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

A personal interview may be part of the application process.

Study Pathways

Successful completion of this diploma will give you the confidence and ability to undertake higher-level study so you can advance your knowledge and understanding of IT. Study options include the Bachelor of Computing Systems.