Certificate in Teacher Aiding (Level 4)

Qualification code OP4100

Teacher aides play an important role in supporting children’s learning in New Zealand schools.

If you’re working as a teacher aide in a school, then this part-time qualification will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to do the job effectively. You will study by distance and do the practical work in a school, with support from both the school and your Open Polytechnic tutor.

For more information view the brochure below or request a brochure to be sent to you. If you have any questions please contact us.


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  • Level 4  
    Credits 40 
  • Workload

    You will need to study for about 7 hours per week for each of the core courses and group of elective courses in the qualification. As well as this study time, you will need to work in a primary or intermediate school for at least 5 hours a week while you are studying towards your certificate.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $650 NZ Domestic

    Approximate total cost for the full qualification based on 2015 fee information. This does not include annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

This certificate is approved by NZQA and is recognised in schools throughout the country.  It comprises one core course and a group of four elective courses.

What you will learn

Once you have successfully completed this qualification you will:

  • have the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work as a teacher aide in New Zealand schools
  • have a variety of career opportunities such as paid employment as a teacher aide, work in special education, and teacher training
  • be prepared for further study.

Previous learning

Are you a graduate of OP3500 Teacher Aide Certificate?

If you are interested in continuing your personal/professional development, you can upgrade to OP4100 Certificate in Teacher Aiding. Your 20 credits
from OP3500 will be transferred to OP4100. To complete OP4100, you need to complete 4972 Working Professionally and three other elective courses, excluding the equivalent elective you completed in OP3500. You do not need to complete 4971 Introduction to Teacher Aiding.

Are you a graduate of OP4290 Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate?

You can credit some modules from OP4290 Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate to OP4100 Certificate in Teacher Aiding. Please contact us for more information.

Further study

You may be interested in our Level 4 Out of School Care and Recreation Certificate which is designed for people working in before-school care, after-school care and holiday programmes. 

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

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Assessment and exam

This qualification is internally assessed and has no exam.  The assessments include written, oral and practical tasks. We will advise you where to find assessment due dates when your enrolment is confirmed

Information about assessment

Courses you could do in this qualification

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

You must read the information provided within the Qualification Structure table, which details the order in which courses must be studied to complete a valid qualification.

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