build networks and connect everything.
build networks and connect everything.

New Zealand Diploma in Networking Level 6

Develop in-depth knowledge and skills in the field of Networking including planning, configuring, deploying, testing and maintaining networks on a variety of platforms. Build on the core skills in the areas of communication, professional and ethical practice, problem solving and decision making in information technology context learnt in previous IT studies. 

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to enter into the workforce in an entry level role in network administration or support; provide a pathway to further study or work in information technology, business or other industries.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of this programme you will be equipped a range of skills with which you may be able to explore some of these career opportunities. 

Security and Networking Engineer

Deliver your expertise on firewalls, DNS, web proxies. Implement and troubleshoot networks and build credibility with clients. Become the expert who is experienced in resolving escalated technical issues.

Network and communications Consultant

Develop networking architecture, business strategy, configure and implement solutions in complex environments. Become an expert on networking protocols and security domains.

Network Support Engineer

Deliver great outcomes for clients with your expertise on internet and telephony related issues. Maintain and upgrade networks and provide insights and updates. 

Operational Support & Information Specialist

Manage the flow of information, organise networks and ensure security best practices. Work alongside senior networking specialists and deliver measurable outcomes for clients.

Cyber Security Response Junior Consultant

Identify and respond to potential cyber security risks alongside senior analysts. Acquire, analyse and secure digital evidence and manage incidents. 

Admission requirements

Academic Entry Criteria: A computing certificate in Level 5 or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

English Entry Criteria: International students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with no band less than 5.5 or successful completion of NZSE’s Internal English Test.

Programme structure & paper details




Computer Network Applications

Plan and design a Wide Area Network (WAN).

Install, deploy and configure a Wide Area Network (WAN).

Operate, maintain, troubleshoot and document a Wide Area Network (WAN).

Plan, install and test security systems within the network.




Network and System Administration

  • Discuss the implementation of the policies and procedures associated with managing an enterprise network to meet end user needs.    
  • Configure security, authentication, public key infrastructure encryption services, backup, recovery, and virus control on an enterprise network.
  • Discuss high-speed network options and their management requirements.
  • Implement and administer core network services required for an organisation’s IT infrastructure (email services, application services, network client services).
  • Describe the requirements for internetworking security from the perspective of individual hosts to network and Internetwork firewalling.




Cloud Computing

  • Demonstrate knowledge of standard Cloud terminologies and methodologies.
  • Implement, maintain and deliver cloud technologies and infrastructures (e.g. server, network, storage and virtualisation technologies).
  • Discuss aspects of IT security and the use of industry best practices related to cloud implementations and the application of virtualisation.
  • Configure cloud-based applications and database.




IT Infrastructure and Planning

  • Demonstrate understanding of the issues and challenges in the design and deployment of Gigabit Ethernet, ATM, Frame Relay. MPLS and modern optical networks.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles and architecture of VOIP protocols.
  • Discuss the concept of the quality of service (QoS) paradigm and various issues and challenges in providing IP QoS.
  • Discuss the key issues and challenges in implementing wireless QoS.
  • Implement and configure routing and connectivity protocols in ATM, Frame relay over a WAN.




IT Project

  • Show the ability to successfully undertake original work.
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the different skills required to bring a project to a successful conclusion.
  • Communicate effectively with clients and sponsors.
  • Communicate effectively in both written and verbal presentations and in group situations.
  • Effectively manage, monitor and control the activities involved in a research and development project.
  • Determine an appropriate process and accompanying set of deliverables for the project.
  • Show the ability to document appropriately the deliverables for their project.
  • Select and justify an appropriate methodology for the project.




ICT Project Management

  • Explain the purpose of project management in an information technology context.
  • Compare and contrast some modern project management methodologies and their applicability (e.g. PMBOK, PRINCE2, Agile approaches, COTS-based approaches).
  • Compare important modern IT project management practices in the areas of requirements management, change management, communications management, risk management, quality assurance, estimation and people management.
  • Apply some modern project management practices, particularly in planning, and communications.
  • Use a project management information system to support planning, scheduling and estimation.
  • Discuss team dynamics and the characteristics and competencies of a project manager that contribute to highly performing project teams.
  • Discuss the need for professional and ethical standards.




Network Security

  • Discuss the building blocks of IT security.
  • Identify ethical and legal requirements for IT security.
  • Compare models designed to meet the fundamental principles of security.
  • Discuss physical and logical security requirements for IT systems.
  • Suggest and justify suitable technical, operational and managerial controls for securing networks, network operations, systems, databases and applications.
  • Explain mobile and wireless security and web-services security issues, and suggest security strategies for e-commerce.
  • Describe the relationship between security technologies forensics and fraud, business strategy, and risk management.



Further study pathways



Bachelor of Computer and Information Science Level 7


Bachelor of Business Level 7


Bachelor of Computing Systems Level 7


Bachelor of Digital Technologies  Level 7


Bachelor of Information Sciences Level 7

Massey University 

Programme fees

Domestic students

International students

NZ $8,500

NZ $16,000