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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Advanced User) (Level 4)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 60
Subject Area
  • Management and Commerce » Office Administration » Text and Information Processing
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification was co-developed by IT Professionals New Zealand (ITPNZ) and NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS).

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand organisations and communities with graduates who have advanced level user computing skills, using digital technologies to produce and process information, operating effectively with a range of skills that will be internationally relevant.

This qualification may build on existing skills and may recognise the achievement of relevant knowledge and skills of those already employed.

Graduates will be capable of performing a wide range of computing related tasks under broad guidance in a work environment and may demonstrate self-management and some responsibility for the performance of others.

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills to enable them to proceed to further study and contribute to society by supporting digital proficiency and using their digital capability in a range of community and voluntary areas.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Use digital tools and advanced techniques, including customising productivity software, to efficiently extract, organise, integrate and share relevant information, and produce specified outcomes in a variety of settings.
- Investigate, plan, consult, design and create solutions integrating the advanced use of several different applications and project planning tools and techniques, to meet the requirements of specified briefs.
- Use critical thinking skills, statistical analysis applications, and problem solving and decision making techniques to research and analyse problems, interpret data, make informed decisions, and identify solutions.
- Communicate and collaborate clearly and professionally with colleagues and stakeholders in a range of contexts, using a variety of collaborative tools and platforms, to maintain relationships and achieve objectives.
- Use digital technologies and systems securely, legally and ethically when gathering, storing, accessing and sharing information using standard professional conventions.
- Explore and evaluate current and emerging trends relating to using digital tools and digitally stored and transmitted information to support operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Education pathways
This qualification provides an education pathway from:
- National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 2) [Ref: 0973]
- National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 3) [Ref: 1039]
- New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User) (Level 3) [Ref: 2592]
- New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3) [Ref: 2452].

This qualification provides a pathway into a range of qualifications. Graduates may progress to further study in a variety of areas at Level 5 or above, such as the:
- New Zealand Certificate in Information Technology (Level 5) [Ref: 2595]
- New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) [Ref: 2596]
- New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5) [Ref: 2597]
- New Zealand Diploma in Web Development and Design (Level 5) [Ref: 2598] or the
- New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 5) [Ref: 2459].

This qualification may also equip learners to attempt optional industry certifications at the same or a higher level.
Employment pathways
This qualification will equip graduates with proficiency in a range of transferable advanced digital technology user skills which will assist them to obtain positions in which they can work under broad guidance in a range of industries, and/or to prepare for promotion.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
None.
Education Organisation 3 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2593
Status Current
Created May 2015
Next Review May 2025
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