I am thinking of going back to study next year as the first step of a career change and I've decided to study IT, specialising in networking. From research, it seems it's best if I obtained first comptia A+, then network+, security+, then get some vendor certifications (Cisco and Microsoft).
For the first two certifications which are vendor neutral, it seems they are covered in a level 5 diploma course. Now, there's a lot of education providers in Auckland alone offering level 5 diploma in computing like AMES, Unitec, DAS Training, Computer Power Plus, and more. Their course costs also vary, some charge close $30,000 while others charge only around $8000 for the same level of qualification.
So, I need some input from those who either have gone to these education providers or from those who have heard things about such providers. I guess I'm interested in which providers are respected in the industry in NZ and maybe even internationally, also which ones have got the best tutors and course delivery style, plus flexibility in class times would be great as I work full time and intend to do keep doing so while studying.
I'd appreciate any feedback you can give me :)