New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners (Level 1)

This is a very practical programme with classes and work experience used as learning tools to help develop new skills. Topics include preparation for work, health, safety and wellness, personal identity and care, work experience and elective work and community skills.

This course is particularly suited to people with learning challenges and disabilities. You'll love our supportive, student-focused environment.

Our learning sessions are practical, group focussed and include a variety of community based experiences.

Tutors work hard to identify each student’s interests and capabilities which are developed to create opportunities in the community and possible paid employment.

Content Details

During the programme students will cover the following topics:

  • Demonstrate self-management through maintaining personal safety, health and well-being
  • Participate and interact in the class culture and daily life in Toi Ohomai's community, and apply problem-solving strategies to resolve day-to-day issues
  • Apply literacy and numeracy skills required for day to day living
  • Identify personal interests, strengths and weaknesses in planning a future pathway to achieve personal goals
  • Demonstrate problem solving strategies to resolve common digital issues
  • Use digital literacy to create a presentation of personal goals
  • Apply basic skills and practices required to carry out tasks in a work context
  • Identify basic rights, responsibilities and requirements needed for work


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* 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 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, the student will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners (Level 1) with an optional stand in Skills for Working

Study Pathways

This qualification may lead to qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework at levels one and two.

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.