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New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



12 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023


Southern Institute of Technology


Help others progress their learning and skills with the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 4). Learn the skills and strategies needed to educate adults and become a qualified educator or trainer.

This certificate will teach you how to educate adult learners at basic levels and provide you with a qualification that is well regarded by employers in the adult and tertiary teaching sector.

You will learn how to:

  • Plan lessons to meet specified learning outcomes
  • Use learner-centred teaching strategies that respect learner’s mana and diverse backgrounds
  • Select and apply facilitation, teaching and learning strategies in familiar contexts, using resources and technologies to meet specific outcomes
  • Use assessment and moderation processes
  • Seek and respond to feedback from learners and other stakeholders to improve learner outcomes in candidate’s own context.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge for roles such as:

  • Industry or workplace trainer
  • Community educator

Many graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 4) go on to further, more advanced study in adult and tertiary teaching, however some recent graduates have taken up new training roles within their current employment.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching(Level 4), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 40 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 4)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 4) full-time over three months or part-time over two years.

Entry criteria

Applicants for this programme of study must have access to a minimum of 6 adult (e.g. over the age of 18) learners over the duration of the programme of study in order to enable them to undertake learning and reflection in an authentic setting.

School Leavers:
Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 3 or equivalent.

Applicants over 20 years:
Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 3 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years.

Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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