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Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 4)

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


Course details

  • Aug 2023
    Apr 2024
  • One year
  • Part-time
  • Fees-free ($2,380)*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy or Fees-free
  • Level 4
  • Various locations around New Zealand (please enquire)


This programme is designed for those engaged in adult and tertiary teaching or training. Students will learn the foundation knowledge, skills and attributes required for starting out in an adult and tertiary teaching or training career, including how to engage learners and create fun and inclusive learning environments.

Student learning is blended - they will learn both online and through face-to-face learning experiences. This enables students' flexibility to complete the programme while they work and enables them to contextualise learning and assessments to their role and workplace.

This programme is delivered over 12 months, with a flipped classroom model. Students will learn content at home prior to class (online) and then use class time to explore, apply, or critique what they've learned. The total study time (up to 400 hours) includes four face-to-face sessions, with the remaining hours of learning completed online, in a student's own time. This equates to approximately nine hours of study per week.

To be successful in this programme and to meet assessment requirements, students must be able to facilitate training sessions with a group of at least three adult learners. Access to a computer and reliable internet is essential to complete pre-course activities and manage self-directed study. To enable maximum application of skills and knowledge back into a student's role and workplace, having the full support of their manager for the duration of the programme is encouraged.

​View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisites
EDUC401Principles and Theories of Adult Learning46 
EDUC402Planning for Delivery410 
EDUC403​Facilitating Adult Learning414 
EDUC404​Review and Evaluation of Adult Learning and Facilitator Practice410 
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Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have the skills and knowledge for industry or workplace trainer or community educator roles.

Graduates may undertake further study towards Level 5 qualifications in adult and tertiary teaching.



Entry criteria

Selection criteria

Candidates must be in employment and consistently involved in adult training as part of their role, with access to 3-6 adult learners in their workplace or in a community based organisation.

General academic admission

Candidates are required to have:

  • 24 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above; and
  • 10 Literacy credits at NCEA Level 1 or above (5 credits each in reading and writing); and
  • 10 Numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1 or above; or
  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above; or
  • Equivalent

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years, or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable likelihood of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Provisional entry

Domestic candidates aged under 20 years who have not met the entry requirements but who can demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for Provisional Entry. Provisional entry will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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Your first day

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What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

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