New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5)

Are you currently in a teaching role where you're developing the literacy and numeracy skills of adult learners?

During this course of study you'll learn how to include these skills in your teaching, in a way that respects learners’ mana and diverse backgrounds including Māori, Pasifika, and youth.

This programme meets the mandatory Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) requirement for teachers delivering foundation level training to hold an adult literacy and numeracy qualification.

Content Details

During your study you'll cover two topics:

  • Learner-Centred Practice

Design, implement and evaluate learner-centred activities. Reflect on actions to inform practice and enhance learner outcomes. Use strategies that enhance learning appropriate to the cultural context and diversity of the learners.

  • Embedding Literacy and Numeracy

Identify the reading, writing, and numeracy demands of a task, analyse the learners’ needs with respect to the demands, and design and implement strategies to improve learners’ skills.


Planned intakes*: January, February, July
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: 13 weeks

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

The course content is delivered through a combination of blended online learning and face-to-face workshops.

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

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students fees to be confirmed

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 successfully completing the requirements you'll will receive: 

  • New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5)

Career Opportunities

This programme of study builds on a range of employment and work competencies that will assist people moving into roles like vocational, workplace or other specific content educator, with the ability to embed literacy and numeracy into their teaching.

Entry Criteria

  • NCEA Level 2 including passes in English or Te Reo Maori plus 42 credits at Level 3 or equivalent 
  • OR evidence of ability to meet academic requirements and English language competency where English is not a first language
  • Access to an authentic teaching/training context
  • All candidates must carry out Practicum 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.