The New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education (NZCALNE) Vocational/Workplace

The New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5, Credits 40) 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.


This programme is for existing practitioners who want to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of adult learners by embedding those skills into vocational or workplace programmes.

If you’re a foundation level educator, this programme is a great way to meet your professional development goals and get up to date with the latest industry standards, which includes the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) requirement to hold an adult literacy and numeracy qualification.

It introduces the learners to a range of frameworks including Māori and Pasifika frameworks and the New Zealand Adult Literacy and Numeracy Progressions. Trainee Tutors will explore the impact of social, political and historical contexts, in relation to these frameworks and adult literacy and numeracy skills development for diverse learners in workplace, community and vocational settings.

This is not an entry-level qualification.

People awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) will be able to:

  • Design embedded literacy and numeracy strategies to enhance learner outcomes in a vocational or workplace programme;
  • Create and sustain a learner-centred teaching environment that respects learners’ mana and diverse backgrounds, and the wider educational and societal context, in order to facilitate quality learning;
  • Embed literacy and numeracy teaching and learning in a vocational or workplace programme with consideration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique context;
  • Use assessment and evaluation as tools to enhance student learning and own teaching practice in embedded literacy and numeracy.

Course fees

The course is free to attend, if you qualify for the Fees Scholarship.

Course requirements

To qualify you need to:

  • attend the facilitated face-to-face training workshops,
  • have basic computer literacy skills,
  • have access to a device (computer, laptop, tablet or iPad) and access to WiFi.

You must also complete the qualification within the maximum time frame of one year.

Trainee Tutors are required to undertake practical experience (Practicum) in an authentic teaching or training context with a minimum of two adult learners. This is an essential part of the qualification, which allows learners to apply theory to practice.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Literacy Aotearoa recognises that adult learners come with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience. We offer a variety of ways to recognise prior learning.

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Course resources

The programme is  offered in blended mode (‘face-to-face’ and online delivery). All course materials for this programme are available to Trainee Tutors online through the learning platform iQualify. Support for Trainee Tutors is provided online every day for two hours plus you can email your trainer if you need specific support. During your practicum a supervisor will be assigned to you to offer you additional support and assistance.


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

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