New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration – Level 6

Take your technical skills to the next level with this 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!


Modules – what you will be learning about

Module 1 Virtualisation Infrastructure
Module 2 Network Infrastructure
Module 3 Directory Services
Module 4 Business Messaging Infrastructure

Virtualisation Infrastructure

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

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

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

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



2020 - Feb 3, April 27, July 20, Oct 12

Domestic Student fees

Tuition fees – $8,660
Course Costs – $650

*You may be eligible for Fees Free Study – check with the enrolment team
*Studylink approved – we can help you apply

Course Duration

40 weeks fulltime




International Students

Study options



2020 - Feb 3, April 27, July 20, Oct 12

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




Programme Details


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

Entry Criteria

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must have completed the New Zealand qualification standard NCEA level 2 equivalent in their home country. Subjects must have included English, Reading, Writing and Maths. 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).

Programme content

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.

Future Study Pathways

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

Employment Options

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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