New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) (Career and Education).xml New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) (Career and Education)

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New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 2 (Career and Education)

CertificateFull-time, 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code





February, July





Course related costs

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Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Ashburton, Timaru


Prepare for employment or further study with confidence and direction

This programme will build on your skills and give you the confidence to take the next step into employment or study in whatever field is of interest to you. There are two parts to the programme. 'Future Directions' will provide you with new ideas, challenges and experiences that will enable you to make positive changes in your life and explore pathways for your future. Topics covered include goal setting, problem solving, budgeting, wellbeing, communication and culture.

The 'Career Skills' strand focuses on equipping you with practical skills for further study or employment. You'll learn about professionalism, communication in the workplace, CV development, interview skills, health and safety, how to research industries and more.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

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.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry.

    Pending approval by NZQA

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • Students for whom English is not their first language may also be required to provide evidence of English language skills. If students have no evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, then they may contact Ara for an assessment.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

Career opportunities

With the skills gained through this programme you'll be ready for entry-level employment in a range of industries.

Study pathways

These foundation skills will prepare you for Level 3 certificate programmes in a range of subjects including food and hospitality, hair and beauty, travel and tourism, trades, outdoor education, health, art and design, business, computing and human services.