Information Technology Specialist training and certification

Information Technology Specialist (ITS) qualifications are technical qualifications that prove your digital skills in a range of topics, including programming (Javascript, Python and Java), software and app development, database theory and practice, and networking. Microsoft Technology Associate digital badge

In conjunction with our partners, we are able to offer Cardiff Met students and staff comprehensive LearnKey e-lessons and exams for each of the ten ITS qualifications, for free. The courses are a great opportunity to learn new skills, whilst the ITS certifications are an excellent way to prove to employers that you have strong technical skills.

Looking for the ITS for HTML and CSS? You can gain that qualification by completing our Web Design Fundamentals course.

Sign-up: Courses

Sign-up for an ITS induction session to find out more about the training and certification and to start your Information Technology Specialist  journey.

There are 3 intakes a year, one each term.

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Sign-up: Key Concept Sessions

Key Concept sessions are optional. They explore some of the course material through worked examples and exercises. They are open to all students & staff regardless of whether you enrol on the full course. The Key Concept sessions for the ITS courses are the sessions in the Thinking Like a Programmer series.

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The sessions will be held through a Microsoft Teams meeting. A link (URL) to the meeting and joining instructions will be sent after booking on a session.

Target Audience

​Cardiff Met students or staff.


A good level of general ICT proficiency is required, e.g. ability to manage files, use a web browser.


The course and exam are free to Cardiff Met students and staff, but places are limited.

Course Overviews

There are ten Information Technology Specialist courses and qualifications currently available. Here is a brief overview of each.

Visit the Certiport website to download a complete list of objectives for each course and exam.

Looking for the ITS for HTML and CSS? You can gain that qualification by completing our Web Design Fundamentals course.

Course Structure

To enrol on a course you need to attend an induction session and complete the induction form. The induction explains the nature and structure of the courses and the resources available.

The core of each course is comprehensive video-based LearnKey e-lessons. In addition, the courses include practice questions and exercises and GMetrix practice (mock) exams. The courses can be studied at your own pace.

The Thinking Like a Programmer series are optional Key Concept sessions for the programming courses. They explore programming concepts, such as conditional statements and loops, and illustrate those concepts through examples and exercises.

Each course concludes with the Information Technology Specialist exam: a 50 minute, computer assessed multi-choice exam. The exams can be taken in person at Cardiff Met or remotely. 


Candidates who successfully pass an exam will gain a Information Technology Specialist qualification. You will receive:

  • a physical and digital certificate
  • a digital badge that can be used to share (e.g. on LinkedIn) and verify your achievement


Got a question?

See whether the Certification FAQs page answers it.  If you still have questions, get in touch with the IT Training team via email.