New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration – Level 6

Take your technical skills to the next level with this no-fees specialist IT qualification, especially designed for top achievers wanting to become network architects or similar.

You will develop practical and theoretical knowledge of hardware and software, networks and network administration, internet security & forensics, and windows operating systems.

This qualification will also help you develop the communication skills required in today’s IT market. This includes working as a team, contract management, and dealing with business continuity considerations.

To ensure your success we offer a smaller class size, maximum support and a personalised experience. We offer custom built IT training facilities and specialise in advanced hands on training. *Employers ask for our graduates by name!


What You’ll Learn

Virtualisation Infrastructure [Module 1]

You will learn about selecting and installing the correct edition of Windows Server and the features available in each.

This will include installing new versions of Windows Server into an existing infrastructure.

You will also learn how to:

  • Plan and automate deployment of system and application software
  • Plan and implement a server-based virtualisation environment
  • Configure and implement storage solutions
  • Configure and implement virtualised high-availability solutions, including redundant services and Network Load Balancing.

Directory Services [Module 2]

This module covers the role of the Directory Service in managing authentication and authorisation of users and computers.

You will learn how to:

  • Maintain a directory service in a complex environment (including multiple sites or multiple domains).
  • Configure centralised management of directory services devices and users.
  • Control and configure directory-enabled computers
  • Configure and maintain a PKI infrastructure including installing and configuring Certificate Authority authorities and managing digital certificates.
  • Provide a single sign-on portal for inter-organisational networks
  • Secure documents using certificates

Network Infrastructure [Module 3]

You will learn how to configure and maintain key network infrastructure services to support a high-performing and highly-available network using Windows Server.

Also covered is how to:

  • Install & configure, and maintain DNS and DHCP services
  • Install and configure Windows Server based client remote access solutions.
  • Install and configure Windows Server based solutions to support remote sites including site to site VPN, branchcache, and distributed network services.
  • Install and configure solutions for the management of network Infrastructure.
  • Select and Configure appropriate IPv6 to IPv4 technologies
  • Be able to support a Software Defined Networking solution.

Business Messaging Infrastructure [Module 4]

You will be introduced to the role of business collaborative applications and will experience installing, configuring, and maintaining a single site instance of:

  • A message mail server
  • A business collaboration server, together with a backend database system.

Are you a domestic or international student?

Domestic Students

Study options



Term 1: 31 Jan 2022 | Term 2: 2 May 2022 | Term 3: 25 Jul 2022 | Term 4: 17 Oct 2022

Domestic Student fees

Tuition fees – No fees [Find out more]

You must bring your own laptop. Specifications will be provided at enrollment.

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Course Duration

40 weeks fulltime




International Students

Study options



Term 1: 31 Jan 2022 | Term 2: 2 May 2022 | Term 3: 25 Jul 2022 | Term 4: 17 Oct 2022

International Student fees

Total cost – $18,397
*Travel Insurance additional

Course Duration

40 weeks fulltime

*You may be eligible for a 2 year post study work visa when studying in Tauranga – check with the enrolment team




Frequently Asked Questions

Q: "What qualification will I receive when I graduate?"

New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6) (120 Credits)

Q: "Is this IT diploma No Fees?"

Yes, in 2021 / 2022, this diploma is no fees. Find out more.

Q: "What is the entry criteria for this programme?"

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must have at least a level 5 qualification in Information Technology or similar qualification.

All applicants will be required to complete an enrolment form and may be interviewed in person or via telephone or skype to evaluate their suitability for the programme.

Applicants who have English as a second language must have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 in a single test event (or equivalent).

Q: "What is the content of this programme?"

The content of the programme consists of eight modules that include: How to implement a range of technologies for systems & network services, automated system and application software deployment, data storage, server based virtualisation infrastructure, how to analyse organisational requirements, implement a solution and administer infrastructure for remote network access, applying project management tools and techniques to an IT related project, and IT service management and change management processes.

BYOD – students are required to bring their own device. Please check the specifications required during enrolment.

Q: "What is the next step after this course?"

This qualification provides a pathway to further specialisation through industry specific training such as in IT Security or other Diploma or Graduate level qualifications.

Q: "What are my employment prospects after graduating?"

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to gain employment in entry level roles such as IT technician, help desk, tier 1 and 2 desktop support, systems administration, or in application support. Graduates will also have the background to progress into more advanced roles such as senior system administrator or application support analyst roles.

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What our students say

"I have gained a passion for IT I didn't even know I had. I have learned so much and I love how practical it is"

Jonathan Coleman - I.T. Diploma Level 5, Tauranga

"The course is fun and I have learnt a lot. The classrooms are comfortable, and the tutor is happy to explain things I dont understand"

Edni Espina - IT Diploma Level 5, Tauranga

"The course has been great, the tutors I have are down to earth and know their stuff. My overall experience has been positive, I have learned tons of useful IT skills"

Jamie Kelly - I.T. Diploma Level 5, Tauranga

"An insightful learning experience in a broad range of IT technologies in a supportive environment"

Kirwan Smith - I.T. Systems Admin Level 6, Tauranga

"The course comes with all the equipment required for IT, and EmployNZ is located close to a bakery for when you need a snack!"

Madison Simmons - I.T. Level 5, Tauranga

"My experience with this programme is that it is tough, but also fun because I have gone through it with a great class and tutor, and have had alot of fun"

Luke Thompson - Information Technology Systems Admin Level 6, Tauranga

"The programme is really good, Im learning heaps everyday. I enjoy the content as its relevant for when I get into the employment market"

Kern Singh - Information Technology Systems Admin Level 6, Tauranga

"I enjoy the comradery with other people in my particular field as it gives the ability to share and learn of each other. It is a great environment with friendly tutors & students"

Brett Maxwell - Information Technology Systems Admin Level 6, Tauranga

"If you're looking for a very practical experience and method of learning, then I highly recommend EmployNZ for Higher Education in Information Technology."

Dylan Davis - Information Technology Systems Admin Level 6, Tauranga

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