Whitecliffe College of Technology and Innovation

Diploma in Advanced Network Engineering (Level 7)

Systems Technology

Enrolments for this programme are now closed.

This is an advanced qualification for those seeking career advancement in the field of network design and management. 

It should appeal to those who wish to obtain multiple certifications while achieving a widely recognised IT qualification.

What will I learn?

This qualification provides IT training in a range of skill sets, including:

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  • Design, installation and management of computer networks and network technologies
  • Troubleshooting of computers and computer networks
  • Planning of computer networks and technologies
  • Implementation and maintenance of various network technologies including Wi-Fi
  • Virtualisation technologies
  • Microsoft Exchange Server


Completion of the programme takes the following length of time (approximately):

  • Full-time study: up to 16 months
    Based on 5 shifts/week on campus of approximately 5 hours/shift + 12.5 hours/week home study
  • Part-time study: up to 33 months
    Based on a minimum of 12 hours on campus/week + 6 hours/week home study (Note: Part-time study is only available to domestic students).

Duration includes approximately 11 weeks of holidays and leave (annual & public holidays and allowance for sickness & unforeseen circumstances)

2018/2019 Start Dates

  • Enrolments for this programme are closed

Programme Content

Our Diploma in Advanced Network Engineering covers a wide range of material, including:

  • Introduction to Linux
  • Program design concepts
  • Introduction to virtualisation
  • Project+
  • Configuring Windows
  • Windows Desktop Support Technician
  • Structured Query Language
  • Unified Modeling Language
  • Cisco Networking
  • Security+
  • Introduction to Exchange Server
  • Configuring Exchange Server
  • Group development project
  • Certified Wireless Technology Specialist
  • Professional development program
  • Employment preparation and planning
  • MCSA:Windows Server

Major Qualification Goals

Upon completion of this IT qualification, students will be able to:

  • Complete computing tasks and functions in a number of operating system environments.
  • Configure and administer a local area network.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve network problems and manage network security.
  • Communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, hacking and operational security.
  • Understand and configure virtual machines.
  • Understand and configure Microsoft Exchange Server.

Industry Certifications

This qualification offers training towards the most highly sought-after, globally recognised vendor certifications:
  • CompTIA: Project+
  • CompTIA: Security+
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Configuring Windows
  • Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS)
  • MCSA:Windows Server

Career Opportunities

This qualification can complement your existing skills and qualifications or provide further opportunities in your current role.  It can also prepare you for a number of career opportunities including:

  • Network Engineer
  • Network Security Technician
  • Technician
  • Service Administration
  • Network Administration
  • Systems Support
  • Second Level Hardware Support
  • Second Level Helpdesk
  • Self Employed
  • Sales
    Future Career Possibilities
  • Network Manager
  • Network Security Manager/Professional
  • Service Manager
  • IT Manager

2018 Programme Fees Guide

Fees include all campus based learning guides, texts, and access to resources, except vendor certificate exams.

Domestic Student Fees:

$10,404 + $500 enrolment fee   (GST inclusive).

International Student Fees:

NZ $25,000 + $500 enrolment fee   (GST inclusive)

NOTE: Qualification fees are a guide only. Actual fees will depend on when a programme is started and what year the qualification is completed. If fees are increased in 2019, students may be required to pay the extra on any remaining courses of the programme that need to be completed beyond 2018.

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