New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5).xml New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5)

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New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5)

CertificatePart-time up to 5 years

Programme code



Throughout the year





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$400 - $900
per course


Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

About this programme

Enhance your teaching skills and further your career.

Delivered through a blend of workshops, online activities and workplace support, this work-based programme focuses on applied teaching practice. Areas covered include group facilitation skills, questioning strategies, assessment and moderation, and learner-centred approaches suitable for diverse learner groups.

You'll be able to develop core teaching and learning facilitation skills appropriate to New Zealand adult and tertiary learning environments. Please note: you will need to be working in a post-secondary teaching environment with access to students, learning programmes and teaching opportunities.

Career opportunities

With this qualification you can further your teaching career as a tutor, lecturer or learning facilitator in a tertiary or adult training setting.

Study pathways

After completing this programme you can further your study with a level 6 qualification in adult and tertiary teaching.

Recommended school subjects

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 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
  • NCEA Level 2.

    If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
  • All participants must be working with learners in a post-secondary environment.

English requirements
  • What if English is not my first language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

    Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

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.