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Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Networking (Level 6)
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Information Technology » Computer Science » Networks and Communications
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 with people who have attained IT knowledge and specialist professional and technical skills in networking. It will prepare people to enter employment in roles such as a network professional in a service environment, to proceed to further study, or to contribute to community outcomes.

Businesses, organisations and communities will benefit from having IT Professionals who are qualified in the management of networks, in all sectors of the economy and society. Graduates will be capable of configuring, maintaining and monitoring networks, using industry relevant skills and knowledge.

Graduates will also be able to operate within the applicable professional standards and practice, both independently and as part of a team, and may demonstrate self-management and some responsibility for the performance of others.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Configure, secure, manage and troubleshoot advanced wireless networks to meet organisational requirements.
- Apply advanced routing and switching configurations and troubleshooting techniques to implement, secure, monitor and maintain networks.
- Plan and use services, technologies and tools to automate the deployment and management of devices, applications, and infrastructure.
- Implement, configure and deploy a range of services in the cloud to meet organisational requirements.
- Investigate and implement advanced network security to protect and secure assets, troubleshoot and mitigate threats and attacks, and to meet best practice and organisational requirements.
- Apply IT service management and change management processes and procedures to comply with organisational requirements.
- 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 management 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.
Education pathways
This qualification provides an education pathway from:
- New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) [Ref: 2596]

This qualification provides a pathway to further specialisation through industry specific training, for example, IT Security, or to:
- New Zealand Diploma in Cybersecurity (Level 6) [Ref: 3837]

Other possible pathways include degree qualifications and this qualification may also equip learners to attempt optional industry certifications at the appropriate level and area of specialty.
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to gain employment in roles such as entry level network and cloud administrator, network associate, network support roles, IT technician, service desk, Tier 1 and 2 desktop support.

Graduates also have the background to progress into more advanced roles including network specialist, manager or analyst.

Graduates of this qualification will have the networking skills that will enable them to contribute to society, supporting digital proficiency and capability in a range of community and voluntary areas.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Current legislation and regulations can be accessed at:
www.legislation.govt.nz.

Current AS/NZS standards can be accessed at:
www.standards.govt.nz.

Relevant codes of ethics and professional practice, including the following:
- ITP Code of Ethics: https://itp.nz/ethics
- ITP Professional Practice Guidelines, including the ITP Code of Practice and ITP Professional Knowledge Curriculum: https://itp.nz/practice

Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) provides up-to-date, actionable advice on current threats and vulnerabilities, as well as guidance on mitigation and cyber security best practice, available at www.cert.govt.nz/it-specialists.
Education Organisation 9 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2600
Status Current
Created May 2015
Last Date For Entry February 2023
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