The National Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education (NCALNE) Vocational

The National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational /Workplace) (Level 5) [Ref: 1253] recognises expertise in adult education and training, and thereby contributes to the improvement of the foundation skills (literacy and numeracy) of adult learners in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is a professional qualification for adult literacy and numeracy educator competence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This qualification is intended to raise the skills of the adult educator to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of learners within the context of a training/education programme. It is particularly relevant for existing practitioners who deliver programmes and who are recognised as adult educators in their own field. They might be workplace trainers and/or assessors, or vocational tutors or lecturers; the programme could be on-job or off-job.

This qualification assumes a professional level of expertise in adult education and training, including cultural perspectives that underpin their teaching for Māori learners and learners from other cultures. This is not an entry-level qualification.

The compulsory section of the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) contains Unit 21204, Develop adult learners' literacy and numeracy skills within a training or education programme. The elective credits may be gained from a range of standards as appropriate to the educator's needs and context.

People awarded the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace):
understand historical and theoretical issues underpinning adult literacy and numeracy education in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • are knowledgeable about Māori adult literacy
  • are able to identify the literacy and numeracy demands of their programme
  • are able to identify a person''s literacy and/or numeracy strengths and needs and assess their progress
  • are able to embed literacy and numeracy skills development into their programme and use appropriate teaching strategies
  • are able to evaluate effectiveness of strategies and activities and any literacy support in the training or education programme
  • have demonstrated competence in other areas relevant to their programme.

People who achieve this qualification may wish to progress to the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Educator) (Level 5) [Ref: 1212] and/or to qualifications in Adult Education and Training.


Course fees

The course is free to attend, if you qualify for the Fees Scholarship. To qualify you must attend a minimum of 80% of facilitated training workshop days (eight days for Educator and five days for Vocational). You must also complete the qualification within the maximum time frame (two years for the Educator Strand or one year for the Vocational Strand). For further information contact our National Office.

Course resources

We will provide all resources on the first day of training.

(Trainee tutors already enrolled with Literacy Aotearoa: Click on log in button (top right of screen) to access the NCALNE course resources.)


We require one legally certified copy of a proof of your identity. 

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Please click here to read the details about the NCALNE (Voc) Coursework Expectations