Whitecliffe College of Technology and Innovation

Diploma in Network Engineering (Level 6)

Systems Technology

Programme Overview

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.

Please note that this programme will not be available for 2018 enrolments. This programme is being replaced by the New Zealand Diploma in Networking (L6)

What will I learn?

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

  • Design, installation and management of computer networks and systems
  • Network security
  • Computer and network troubleshooting
  • Project management
  • Programming concepts
  • Virtualisation technologies.


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 29 months
    Based on a minimum of 13 hours on campus/week + 6.5 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) and 4 weeks field site work experience. Study schedules can also be tailored to meet your needs. Morning, afternoon and evening timetable options are available.

Start Dates

  • Domestic Students: Weekly starts from 16 January 2017
  • International Students: Monthly starts.

Programme Content

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

  • Introduction to Linux
  • Network+
  • Project+
  • Introduction to Exchange Server
  • Introduction to virtualisation
  • Help Desk problem solving techniques
  • Configuring Windows
  • Structured Query Language
  • Unified Modeling Language
  • Program design concepts
  • Cisco Networking
  • Group development project
  • Professional development program
  • Employment preparation and planning
  • Field site practical training
  • 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 technologies.
  • Configure, install and troubleshoot Windows.
  • Understand and configure virtual machines.
  • Understand and configure Microsoft Exchange Server.
  • Demonstrate communication, problem solving, time management, planning and goal setting skills

This course includes practical field site training, where students work at an independent IT company where they are involved in day-to-day operations.  At the end of this, a manager from the company returns an assessment of the student’s performance, which is then passed back to the student.

Industry Certifications

This qualification offers training towards these highly sought after internationally recognised IT certifications:
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Configuring Windows
  • MCSA:Windows Server

What do I need to start?

  • All Students: To gain entry to the qualification, applicants must undertake Computer Power Plus's Internal Aptitude (Entrance) Test and meet the required score level relevant to the qualification.
  • Completed an IT Diploma at NZQA Level 4 or higher (or equivalent)
  • International Students Only: An additional English language requirement must also be met - IELTS 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5) or equivalent. Testing must have taken place with two years of qualification commencement. Students may be exempt from IELTS requirements if they can provide clear evidence that satisfies one of NZQA’s criteria for existing English proficiency. <See NZQA website for more details. (Note: CPP is a category 2 provider)

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 Administration
  • Service Administration
  • Systems Support
  • PC Support
  • Customer Service Engineer
  • Hardware Support
  • Software Support
  • Help Desk
    Future Career Possibilities
  • Network Manager
  • Network Administrator
  • Service Manager
  • Technical Manager
  • Help Desk Manager
  • Engineer Workshop Manager
  • Self Employed
  • Sales

Programme Fees Guide

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

2017 Domestic Student Fees:

$9,475 + $500 enrolment fee   (GST inclusive)

If you plan to pay your fees by Student Loan and/or apply for a Student Allowance, you need to apply online at www.studylink.govt.nz and clicking on their APPLY NOW link. The application will work out what you are entitled to and will allow you to apply.

2017 International Student Fees:

NZ $26,392 + $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 2018, students may be required to pay the extra on any remaining courses of the programme that need to be completed beyond 2017.



Computer Power Plus specialises in IT training. You can study IT at one of our three training centres: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch.