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

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$400 - $900per course


Throughout the year




Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


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.

In our most recent graduate survey, 100% of 2016 Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching graduates were in employment (Ara Graduate Outcome Survey, 2016).

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 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

    Pending approval by NZQA

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

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

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    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. Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • an Admission and Enrolment Form

Application documents

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.