Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology

Kick-start your ICT career
Auckland ICT Graduate School

Designed for students with a non ICT-related bachelors degree, our Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology (PGCertInfoTech) will teach you the specialist skills you need to ignite your career in ICT.

It’s difficult to think of a business area that doesn’t rely on ICT, and ICT capability is integral to business success. ICT is the fastest growing industry in New Zealand, and businesses demand employees who have the skills to help drive this growth.

If you’ve ever considered working in the ICT sector, the PGCertInfoTech is the programme for you. The short, intensive programme is ideal for those who already have an undergraduate degree in a non ICT-related subject, and offers a supercharged route into the industry.

You’ll gain fundamental skills in software development, including up-to-date knowledge of object-oriented programming and design, web technologies and databases, which will complement your existing critical thinking and communication abilities.

The PGCertInfoTech is unique in that it provides an alternative pathway for entry into the Master of Information Technology for students who do not possess IT-related qualifications.

The PGCertInfoTech consists of two 30-point courses.
Programming for Industry

This course introduces object-oriented software development, which is the dominant paradigm for developing software in the IT industry. Using the Java programming language, Programming for Industry covers the key principles of object-oriented programming, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism and composition, in addition to fundamental modelling and design techniques. Students will develop application software of moderate complexity, and in doing so learn how to apply object-oriented principles and use contemporary application programming interfaces, frameworks and tools.

Programming with Web Technologies

This course complements Programming for Industry by focusing on the development of web-based applications, which are hugely prevalent in the modern world. Knowledge of design principles and technologies for web-based applications, coupled with associated practical skills, are invaluable to individuals intending to work in the IT industry. This course introduces the key client-side technologies HTML, CSS and Javascript, as well as server-side technologies to support dynamic web pages and relational database access. Students will also learn about the usability of web-based user interfaces, and the use of mobile apps in a web application.

PGCertInfoTech graduate Gulnar Grover

Student Profile – Gulnar Grover

“In 2013, I graduated with a conjoint Bachelor of Business Studies / Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Resource Management and Psychology. After a brief stint working in recruitment I travelled around Australia. During this time I developed a passion for working with technology.

With this in mind I enrolled into BE(Hons) at the University of Waikato. As part of my first semester I completed a first year computer science paper which sparked my interest in programming. I came across the Auckland ICT Graduate School, and felt that the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology was a great opportunity for me to enter the IT field in a short space of time.

Looking back it’s hard to believe the amount I learnt in just 12 weeks! The support from the tutors and the lecturers was invaluable; the casual atmosphere helped absorb some of the pressure and helped me get past the frustrations of learning to code.

Upon completion of the PGCertInfoTech at the University of Auckland I enrolled in the Master of Information Technology at the University of Waikato. The wide variety of courses offered at masters level has allowed me to choose an area that most appeals to me. When I finish my masters I’d like to work in a company where I can combine the communication and business skills I gained in my undergraduate studies and employment, with my newly acquired technical skills as I grow a career in the ICT sector.”

Gulnar completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology in 2016 before enrolling in  the 180-point Master of Information Technology.