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

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

CertificateFull-time, 18 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

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Course related costs

Stationery, field trips, travel costs associated with work placement in optional strand



Domestic Applications due

30 November (late applications considered)

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


Gain skills to 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, this course will support you to seek further skills and knowledge to improve your educational and employment pathway. Once you've completed the four core courses in the first year, you can return for another six months to study two additional courses which will give you specific skills for the workplace.

Career opportunities

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.

Study pathways

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.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 75 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 is open entry.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • In addition you need to:

    • Attend an interview.
    • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via a referee report
    • Provide 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.
    • Must be aged 18 years or over at the programme start date.

    Note: Entry to the optional Skills for Working strand is only by approval of the programme leader.

English requirements
  • 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.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

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.

Next steps

Please complete

  • an Admission and Enrolment form
  • the application checklist with a referee report

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.