Certificate in Literature and Library Services for Children and Young People (Level 6) (Closed to New Enrolments)

Qualification code OP6273

Qualification Update

New Students
OP6273 Certificate in Literature and Library Services for Children and Young People (Level 6) is closed to new students.

Open Polytechnic will be offering a new programme in this field, so please check back on our website later in the year for more information.

Current Students
If you were already enrolled in OP6273 Certificate in Literature and Library Services for Children and Young People (Level 6) prior to 14 September 2018, you can still complete your qualification.

Please contact a Student Advisor  for next steps. 

Please note to complete this programme, you must complete the qualification by the end of 2020. If you need help with a study plan to complete your certificate in this timeframe, please email us.


If you’re after specialist skills to help children and young adults within a library, this is the qualification for you. This School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) recognised qualification can be studied at the same time as our Diploma in Information and Library Studies Level 5. You’ll learn about planning and managing collections and services for children and young people, evaluating literature and information resources for children and young people, contemporary trends in children’s and young adults’ literature and library services in New Zealand
and overseas. 

  • Level 6  
    Credits 40 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $1,460 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including 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

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

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you’ll know more about children’s and young adults’ information-seeking behaviours and literacy issues. You will also be able to apply your knowledge of children’s and young adults’ development when providing library services for this user group.

Career opportunities

This qualification will complement the skills you gain in other information and library studies qualifications and prepare you for a career in primary or secondary school libraries, or working with children and young people in public libraries. 

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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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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