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Community study

Our Ara Connect community hubs bring a range of FREE and low-cost computing courses to your community.

At Ara Connect hubs across Christchurch and South Canterbury, you can learn the basics of computers, digital devices and common programmes, or gain a formal computing qualification for employment or further study in IT.

Course and class times are flexible, allowing you to fit study around work, family and other commitments. You’ll study at your own pace, in Ara Connect’s friendly environment with the support of experienced tutors.

Locations and opening hours

Opening hours and session times vary depending on location, see timetables below:

How to apply

Choose the course or programme you’d like to do from the selection below, then call or email us at 0800 24 24 76 or to enrol and book your first class.

Terms and conditions

  • To enrol in an Ara Connect course, you must be 16 years or older and a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Opening hours and class times are subject to change (you’ll be notified of any changes in advance, during class)
  • Class numbers are limited so enrolments will be on a first come, first served basis


Courses available at Ara Connect

New Zealand Certificate in Computing (Intermediate User)

Gain computing skills for a wide range of employment opportunities.

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Digital Technologies

Digital Basics

If you’re new to computers, this 20-hour course is the perfect way to learn the basics and become a confident computer user.

20 Hours

Becoming a Digital Citizen

Gain confidence in the digital world with this 25-hour course.

25 Hours

Google Apps - Tips and Tricks

Introducing our New Google Apps Tips and Tricks course

25 Hours

Google for the Office

Create and edit documents, spreadsheets, forms and slides using Google products.

20 Hours

Google Sites

Learn how to create your own website in just a few clicks.

20 Hours

Access for Beginners

Develop your skills using Microsoft Access / Office 365.

25 Hours

Access Enhanced

Enhance your knowledge and build your skills in Microsoft Access / Office 365.

30 Hours

Publisher for Beginners

Develop your skills using Microsoft Publisher / Office 365 to produce published documents such as flyers, leaflets, newsletters, posters, menus and advertisements for business and home use.



Learn how to use the keyboard correctly and develop your touch-typing technique. Alpha-numeric, symbols, and special characters.

24 Hours

PowerPoint for Beginners

Develop your skills in Microsoft PowerPoint / Office 365 to plan, design, create and deliver a presentation.

Excel for Beginners

Develop your skills using the spreadsheet application package Microsoft Excel / Office 365.


Excel Enhanced

Enhance your knowledge and build your skills in Microsoft Excel / Office 365.

25 Hours

Word for Beginners

Develop your skills using the word processing application package Microsoft Word / Office 365. Enter, edit and format text to produce professional-looking Word documents; preview and print word processing files.


Word Enhanced

Enhance your knowledge and build your skills in Microsoft Word / Office 365.