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


Course details

  • Aug 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One year
  • Part-time
  • Fees-free ($2,447)*
  • 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
EDUC4101Principles and Practices of Adult Learning46 
EDUC4102Plan to Facilitate Adult Learning410 
EDUC4103​Facilitate Adult Learning Sessions 414 
EDUC4104​Reflect on 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.



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Entry criteria

General admission

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the following:

  1. 40 credits at NCEA Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits, or
  2. a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2, or
  3. a recognised equivalent.

    Special admission

    Anyone who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements is eligible for Special Admission. We work with ākonga (learners) to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. 

    Discretionary entrance

    Anyone who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.

    English language requirements

    International applicants must provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency and are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) General or Academic band score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0 from one test taken in the last two years, or equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

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    Your first day

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    What you will need

    Timetable information

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    How to find your way around

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    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

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    Purchasing textbooks

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