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New Zealand Diploma in IT Technical Support - Level 5

The tech world needs more switched on problem solvers! As technology continue to make its way to every aspect of modern life, the industry the demand for IT professionals who are skilled across a wide range of technical problem-solving scenarios.  Train with our industry-accredited lecturers and gain valuable insights into IT in business, configure, secure and troubleshoot real-world systems. Get an in-depth understanding of technical support process and learn to apply best practices.

Train with our industry-accredited lecturers and gain valuable insights into IT in business, configure, secure and troubleshoot real-world systems.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have a broad range technical skills that will enable you to solve problems and deliver useful outcomes for clients.

Help Desk & Technical Support

Become that ninja who comes up with solutions across a wide range of areas such as infrastructure, networking, applications and other hardware issues.

Telecommunications Technician

Who are they going to call? You of course! Be the authority on business communication systems and telephony. Maintain business networks, schedule upgrades and hardware.

Networking/System Administrator

Design, install, and maintain business systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), company intranets, and other communication systems.

Quality Assurance/System analyst

Perform quality checks and analyse software packages for potential errors. Automate maintenance and tests with your thorough understanding of software life cycle.

Application Support Engineer

You’ve mastered the ins and outs across a range of business and communication systems, and you are that tech guru they rely on to provide support, schedule upgrades and offer on-going training when needed.

Admission requirements

Open to domestic students and PR holders, provided applicants meet requirements in speaking, listening, reading and writing as assessed at an interview.

Programme structure & paper details




ICT Technical Infrastructure

Install and configure common systems and application software

Demonstrate knowledge of networking concepts including the Internet

Demonstrate skills in hardware and software diagnostic testing, maintenance and technical and customer support across a range of devices

Apply appropriate tools and techniques to secure end user systems and support end user requirements.

Explain past, and present ICT developments in the context of nearfuture ICT

Describe computer architectures and platforms

Explain operating systems basics

Identify and use the various number and coding systems used by computers

Describe data storage techniques and technologies




Introduction to Programming and Database

  • Design small computer programs as solutions to problems of low complexity.
  • Implement, test, debug and document small computer programs.
  • Identify the fundamental data requirements of an intermediate-level program.
  • Write a complete program whilst adhering to available coding standards.
  • Describe different types of data, system data objects, and operations on data.
  • Create simple database designs to solve given business problems.
  • Implement simple database designs to solve given business problems in a relational database using a software package and using SQL.
  • Explain the meaning of the terms used in a database management environment




ICT in Business

  • Identify and describe the functions, structure and cultural context of business including the impact of IT on business
  • Explain the interaction of software and databases within the computer system model
  • Define the parts of an information system model
  • Describe Information management and retrieval processes and issues including privacy and security responsibilities.
  • Apply basic principles of media design, web design, and interaction design including Human Computer Interaction and accessibility
  • Define Internet services and e-Commerce models
  • Apply problem solving and systems thinking in the recommendation of ICT solutions




ICT in Society

  • Demonstrate competence in understanding key technical issues concerning the operation, implementation, and application of digital systems
  • Critically appraise past, present and future application of digital systems with particular emphasis on their impact on society in general and also upon the individual
  • Formulate personal ethical positions in relation to the development, manufacture, application, expansion and disposal of digital systems.
  • Demonstrate competence in core academic skills including formal writing, critical analysis, the referencing of sources, the creation of diagrams, equations, etc., the use of library resources and selective use of online sources.




Hardware and Application Administration

  • Configure and administer hardware, network connectivity, systems and applications software using graphical and command line interfaces where appropriate
  • Discuss the characteristics of application types such as standalone, client-server, peer-to-peer, web service and mobile
  • Administer organisational data storage including DBMS optimisation, security and backups
  • Retrieve organisational data using query languages
  • Recommend solutions to meet organisation requirements including performance, capacity and business continuity  




Computer Network Principles

  • Plan, design, install, deploy, configure, operate, maintain, troubleshoot and document a small Local Area Network (LAN) using routers and switches.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of networking including both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the human versus network communication and the two major models used to plan and implement networks: OSI and TCP/IP
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the “layered” approach to networks and examine the OSI and TCP/IP layers in detail to understand their functions and services
  • Demonstrate knowledge of network devices, network addressing schemes and the types of media used to carry data across the network
  • Use networking utilities and tools to provide a test environment where a range of network services and data can be observed and analysed
  • Discuss the impact and application of sustainable engineering design in networking




Operating Systems

Compare and contrast a range of general purpose and specialist operating systems both proprietary and open source.

Demonstrate knowledge of operating system internals and the relationship between hardware and operating system.

Demonstrate knowledge of cloud services and virtualisation.

Install and configure operating systems to meet organisation requirements

Select and apply appropriate mechanisms to protect systems against unauthorised access

Select and apply appropriate mechanisms to implement common security functions such as auditing, logging, authenticating and authorisation.

Demonstrate knowledge of human behaviour that affects security and measures to counteract this.




IT Service Provision

  • Describe the purpose and scope of IT Service Management frameworks
  • Discuss the need for procedures and standards in the delivery of an IT service
  • Follow standard procedures when providing IT Services
  • Demonstrate knowledge of best practice in relation to the delivery of IT services to the end use
  • Troubleshoot and resolve a range of common system problems



Further study pathways



New Zealand Diploma in Networking Level 6

TechSchool at NZSE

New Zealand Diploma in Software Development Level 6

TechSchool at NZSE

Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences Level 7

Massey University 

Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences Level 7


Programme fees

Domestic students

International students