About the academy

Te Whatu Ora has established a national Cyber Security Academy to provide a new pathway for recruits to upskill and enter the digital health workforce. We are currently running the first version of the Academy and will be using the lessons learned to help shape how it looks in the future.

You don’t need to have any cyber security experience to join the Academy - all training is provided as part of your fully paid apprenticeship.

What’s involved?

Current candidates have joined the National Cyber Security Academy as an apprentice, which has two phases:

Phase one

Apprentices will be offered an initial three-month contract to complete a full-time course of study on site at an educational campus. The course content will include technical skills in cybersecurity, information systems security, cyber law and regulations, cryptography, network security, security risk assessment, cybersecurity governance and practices, incident handling, and ethical hacking and testing.

Phase two

Apprentices that pass Phase one will have their contract extended for an additional three months to carry out ‘On the Job Training’ within Te Whatu Ora. During this phase you’ll complete some additional courses and be assessed for full time employment with Te Whatu Ora.

Once candidates have successfully completed the above phases, they’ll be a certified expert in cyber security!

Please note: The final structure and content of future cyber academy courses may change and will be confirmed prior to applications opening.

Why join?

  • Become fully trained in a high-demand industry with established career paths
  • Get paid living wage while you’re studying
  • Have the opportunity for full time employment with Te Whatu Ora for those who complete the course requirements

We want the Cyber Academy to reflect the diversity of the communities we support, including those that historically have been underserved by the health system. We particularly welcome applications from Māori, Pacific people, disabled people, and the LGBTQI+ communities.


Register your interest

If you are interested in joining the Cyber Academy, or would like further information, please email cyber.academy@health.govt.nz.

By registering your interest you’ll be kept up to date on the latest developments, including information on:

  • Insights into working in Cyber Security
  • Recommendations on how to best prepare to be accepted into the Academy
  • How the Academy is set up
  • How to advance your career in Cyber Security
  • The application process, including key dates (when applications open, interviews take place, and the Academy start date).
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IT fundamentals

If you have very limited (or no) education in IT, you can take a free YouTube course on IT fundamentals that will provide you with the foundational education required for this programme. This course is only 16 hours in duration.