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

Do you know your subject or discipline inside out and want to transfer that knowledge to other adults? This flexible part-time course gives you the skills you need to survive and thrive as a tertiary or adult teacher in bi-cultural Aotearoa New Zealand.

Designed to fit around your existing work commitments, we’ll equip you with the latest teaching strategies and research to ensure your learners enjoy and engage in their learning.  

You will be required to undertake real teaching activities to complete the assessment requirements for all four topics.
The delivery includes face-to-face interactive classroom teaching, directed online learning, and self-directed study.

Content Details

This course has four compulsory topics. Learner Centred Practice must be completed first.

You are then able to enrol in either, or both of, the Teaching Approaches for Learner Success, or Assessment and Moderation topics, before finishing your study with Perspectives on Teaching and Learning.

Learner Centred Practice

  • This topic focuses on valuing and working with learner diversity, adult learning theory and principles, planning your teaching as well as an introduction on how to embed literacy and numeracy skills. This topic must be completed first.

Teaching Approaches for Learner Success

  • Teaching models and approaches will be further developed to enhance student engagement and success. You'll be able to identify, implement and evaluate teaching approaches appropriate for your learner profile and the context of your subject.

Assessment and Moderation

  • This topic explores course design and models of assessment. You'll develop your own skills in writing valid assessment and also skills and knowledge to evaluate and improve assessment designed by your colleagues.

Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

  • The final topic to be completed, this is where you reflect on your own philosophy of teaching and learning and the principles and perspectives which will guide your teaching practice.


Planned intakes*: January, February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Taupo, Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Whakatane
Duration: 1 semester

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic fee approx. $3,000.00 - $3,500.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the requirements you will receive:

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

Career Opportunities

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

Study Pathways

  • New Zealand Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 6)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Level 7)
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Level 7)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies (Adult Teaching) (Level 8)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Professional Studies (Adult Teaching) (Level 8)
  • Master of Applied Professional Studies (Adult Teaching) (Level 9)

Entry Criteria

    Entry is in accordance with Toi Ohomai Regulatory Framework (Academic Regulations) and specified programme regulations.

    For Certificate and Diploma programmes at Levels 5, 6 and 7, domestic students under 20 and all international students must have:

    • NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3
    • OR evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme

    You must carry out practicum requirements in an authentic teaching or training context and must meet the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.


    International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

    English Competency

    Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

    For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.