ITI, the new private Information Technology Institute, is on track to begin its first courses this month, says general manager Chris Mitchell.
The first intake of students will begin their nine-month course in Wellington on February 18 and courses in Auckland and Christchurch will get underway in March.
"We've got NZQA approval and there's just a bit of paperwork to go, but we're on track to get course accreditation and student allowances," says Mitchell.
To gain entry to ITI's course -- the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology -- applicants must already have a tertiary qualification. They must also pass a selection test, into which ITI's private sector partners (which include Comacc and Jade) have input.
Demand for the Auckland course has been such that a second stream is being considered, with the two courses to run side by side, Mitchell says. There will be two national intakes a year, one in February-March and on in June.
The ITI curriculum has seven modules and material covered includes Visual Basic, HTML, C++, Jade, internet concepts, system analysis and design, project management, Windows, Linux, MIS, database concepts and computer architecture.
The course fee is $11,500 and ITI has asked NZQA for $6500 allowances for students, Mitchell says.
The Wellington ITI site has co-located with that city's Whitireia Community Polytechnic, providing opporunities for the two institutes to work together, he says.