New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

With the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) you'll take your first steps towards your new career or tertiary study.

You’ll develop your numeracy and literacy skills and gain credits towards NCEA, whilst deciding what career might suit you.

Develop your confidence and strengths in a fun, supportive learning environment.

There are so many career and study choices for you, which this programme will prepare you for.

This programme welcomes Youth Guarantee students.

Content Details

Options within this programme include:

  • Planning for Future
  • Health and Social Care
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Carpentry Skills
  • Engineering Skills
  • Introduction to Electrical Skills
  • Introduction to Automotive Skills
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Sport
  • Outdoor Experience
  • Introduction to Maori Tourism
  • Introduction to Marae Studies


  • Windermere and Papamoa Classes are held Monday to Thursday 9.00am-2.30pm
  • Opotiki This offering of this programme is the Food and Beverage pathway
  • Rotorua This offering is run from Harvest Church (see map), with two options available: Early Childhood and Cooking, or Fitness and Outdoor Education

20 Feb 2017Full-timeRotorua1 semester
20 Feb 2017Full-timeOpotiki1 semester
20 Feb 2017Full-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)1 semester
27 Feb 2017Full-timePapamoa Library1 semester
15 May 2017Full-timeKawerau1 semester
17 Jul 2017Full-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)1 semester
17 Jul 2017Full-timeOpotiki1 semester
24 Jul 2017Full-timePapamoa Library1 semester

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students fees-free

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 programme you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)

Career Opportunities

This qualification is designed to prepare you for further study in the career path of your choice.

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Alternative Pathways

You may have the opportunity to pathway into a range of Level 3 (and possibly some Level 4) programmes.

Entry Criteria

  • Open entry


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.