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CertificateFull time - one year
Annual Fees(indicative 2018)
Course related costsStationery, field trips, travel costs associated with work placement in optional strand
Domestic Applications due
|30 September (late applications considered)|
International Applications due
|Christchurch - Madras Street|
Gain confidence and skills for the workplace.
The aim of this programme is to give you skills that will assist you to be a productive citizen of Aotearoa. As well as learning how to self-manage your participation in social, cultural, family/whanau and community situations, you'll be supported to seek further skills and knowledge to improve your educational and employment pathway. This includes an optional strand if you wish to gain specific skills for the workplace.
Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.
To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.
To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 55 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.
To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.
This programme has no academic entry requirements.
Applicants are required to attend an interview.
Evidence of good character and personal attributes via a referee report
Evidence of a learning disability (intellectual disability), This may be from a psychological assessment or referral from a medical practitioner, needs assessment service or educational provider.
Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the programme start date.
Entry to the optional Skills for Working strand is only by approval of the programme leader.
All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of communication in English or New Zealand Sign Language that allows them to participate in the programme.
Applications for the New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living must be on the Ara application form and those who meet the requirements will be invited to attend a selection interview.
- A basic literacy and numeracy assessment activity will be part of the interview process.
- Applicants are encouraged to bring an advocate who will be given an opportunity to speak on their behalf
- During this interview applicants should be able to demonstrate:
- an interest in learning
- mature, appropriate behaviour and respect for others and the environment
- an ability to learn in a group environment
- an interest in acquiring new work and improved social skills
Where successful applicants outnumber the available places in the programme, some applicants will be waitlisted. The next ranked applicant will be offered a place if notified applicants decline their acceptance. Late applicants will be interviewed if there are vacancies for placement in the programme. Successful late applicants will be offered a place in the programme if vacancies exist and after any waitlisted applicants from the previous interviews are placed.
- an Admission and Enrolment form
- the application checklist with a referee report
With this qualification, your employment opportunities may include working in aged care facilities, cafés, supermarkets, warehouses, fast food outlets or as a gardener or advocacy support.
This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1) or other qualifications at levels one and two. These can lead to further study in a specific area, e.g. hospitality, retail, trades.