Diploma in Information and Communications Technology (Level 5)

Do you want to be involved in the fastest growing industry on the planet? ICT is the future and you can be part of it with the Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies.

You will learn how to develop, maintain and support IT systems to help organisations and businesses. As a graduate you will have acquired practical knowledge of database management systems, multimedia, software application tasks, hardware fundamentals, and computer programming.


Hawkes Bay Campus, Tairāwhiti Gisborne Campus

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year

Course Type

Domestic, International

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Graduating with the Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies will give you a professional qualification to start your career in the IT industry. You’ll be taking practical and theoretical skills straight into the workplace as a:

  • Helpdesk operator

  • Computer technician

  • Trainee programmer

  • Trainee web page developer


From developing computer programs and designing websites to problem-solving and working with businesses on their IT systems, you will learn from highly regarded lecturers who contribute to and lead the IT industry in New Zealand.

The subject areas you will study include:

  • Business communication

  • Hardware

  • Web site development

  • Ethics and professionalism

  • Business applications

  • Software packages

  • Programming

  • Operating systems

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 or Tairäwhiti campuses, 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 are two entry dates per year:

  • Mid February

  • Mid July


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:

  • At least 50 credits at NCEA Level 2 in four subjects with 12 credits (mathematics or pangarau) at Level 1 or higher and 8 credits (Level 2 or higher) English or Te Reo Māori (4 reading: 4 writing) or;

  • Successfully completed the National Certificate in Computing Level 3.

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;

  • Is enthusiastic and motivated to achieve or;

  • Provides 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 take your future to the next level when you continue on to the Bachelor of Computing Systems.