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Computing Essentials Micro Credential

This NZQA level 2 Micro Credential is the perfect computing course for students requiring skills for jobs that have a computing element. Learn skills across the most common computing applications, such as Online Collaboration, Windows, Keyboarding, Email, Internet, Word Processing, and Spreadsheets.

Delivered 1-1, this course is 100% flexible but designed to be completed within eight weeks.

This course is designed for novice computer users or those with limited skills who want to achieve a nationally recognised standard upon completion.

Optimum Course Duration: 29.5 Hours (includes all tuition time, including sitting NZQA Assessments). Anticipate a further 50 self-directed learning hours (homework, practice etc).

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Courses / Training

Microsoft Excel – NZQA Unit 18743 – Produce a spreadsheet from instructions using supplied data

  • Parts of a spreadsheet
  • Entering data in a spreadsheet
  • Moving around a spreadsheet
  • Editing and formatting techniques
  • Working with columns
  • Lines and borders
  • Autosum
  • Autofill
  • Printing a spreadsheet
  • Formulas – subtraction, addition, multiplication, division, sum, average
  • Column charts
  • Using chart tools
  • Pie charts

Microsoft Word – NZQA Unit 29769 – Use the main features and functions of a word processing application for a purpose.

  • Gain an understanding of the basic components of Word
  • Creating a document from beginning to end
  • Practical examples and practice time
  • Formatting word documents
  • Understanding page alignment and configuration
  • Checking your work and tracking changes
  • Printing
  • Working with numerical data

Windows Navigation

  • Understanding the desktop
  • Shortcuts
  • Working with folders
  • Getting help
  • Retrieving a document
  • Windows explorer
  • Backing up your work
  • Closing a programme

Email Communication

  • Creating a new mail message
  • Receiving an email
  • Email inbox
  • Replying to an email
  • CC and BCC
  • Email etiquette
  • Working with attachments
  • Organising an email inbox

Internet Navigation

  • Internet Chrome basics
  • Opening and closing Chrome
  • Minimising, maximising and restoring
  • Browsing the web
  • Using the Internet to job search
  • Tabs
  • Links
  • Favourites
  • Copying text and images
  • Internet safety, antivirus


  • Injury prevention
  • Environmental and ergonomic factors
  • Special characters and symbols use
  • Typing text passages
  • The basics of computer operations
  • Touch typing
  • The computer keyboard
  • Finger techniques
  • Home keys
  • Creating headers and footers
  • Font formatting skills
  • Practical examples for skills development

Online Collaboration/ Zoom

  • Installing Zoom
  • The meeting host and participant
  • How to start a meeting as a host
  • How to join a meeting as a participant
  • Join through an email invitation
  • Installing Zoom on your computer, tablet, smartphone
  • Inside the meeting
  • Share your Screen
  • Remote control
  • Recording Zoom meetings
  • Zoom etiquette
  • Troubleshooting