New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5)

Qualification code NZ2993

If you’re employed as an adult educator in an academic or workplace setting, this base qualification will build on your knowledge and skills so that you become proficient in your field of work and can promote equitable outcomes for adult learners. Once you’ve achieved the qualification you may be interested in studying towards the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) or New Zealand Certificate in Education Technology (Advanced Practitioner) (Level 6).

For more information watch the programme overview video below.


Programme Update

From the February 2019 block onward, all courses in NZ2993 New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5) will change to a 20 week enrolment period. Blocks that begin prior to February 2019 will still have a 32 week enrolment period.

Fee free offer

We are currently offering this qualification fee free. 

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

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to

  • design for learning to meet specified learning outcomes in a variety of contexts
  • select and apply facilitation and teaching strategies for diverse learners
  • enhance learning through assessment and moderation, informed by contemporary research
  • evaluate to improve student learning and programme outcomes.

Employment pathways

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge for roles such as:

  • vocational or workplace educator and trainer
  • academic staff member/tutor

Graduates will have broad applied knowledge, skills and attributes required for a proficient adult and tertiary educator.

Academic pathways

Graduates of this programme will be able to undertake further study towards Level 6 and above qualifications in adult and tertiary teaching.

Programme conditions

This programme has been built around programme conditions that are specified by NZQA and aspects of this programme may challenge you to re-think the way you currently contextualise and facilitate the diversity of learners in New Zealand.

According to NZQA conditions, the programme must include an underpinning base of good practice in adult education and training as well as current validated adult learning research and theory.

The programme must also include:

  • addressing the needs of diverse learners, including Māori, Pasifika, and youth;
  • drawing on Māori pedagogies for learning; and
  • developing and embedding literacy and numeracy skills appropriate to the demands of the course and needs of the learners, using a framework such as the NZ Adult Literacy and Numeracy Progressions

Finally, the programme must include a range of pedagogical principles. These principles include those informed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to ensure that the indigenous status of Tangata Whenua and the role of Tangata Tiriti are understood. The principles also include those informed by Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pacific location and multicultural environment.

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.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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