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Certificate in Adult Teaching (Advanced)

Level 5

UCOL’s Certificate in Adult Teaching Advanced programme will provide you with the skills to teach adults in a post-compulsory educational setting.

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Level: 5

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: One night a week, part-time. Can be achieved in one year of part-time study.

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Domestic Fees:*
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International Fees:*
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Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

This adult teaching qualification is ideal for individuals who facilitate in community education, teach at a polytechnic or private teaching establishment, or if you are a workplace trainer.

The programme is structured into four adult education courses allowing knowledge to be applied directly to teaching practice. Delivery is part-time study one day per week; night classes could also be an option.

UCOL's Certificate in Adult Teaching (Advanced) provides you with opportunity to build on your understanding of educational theory and ideas through experience with, and critical reflection of, a repertoire of strategies for use in teaching and learning, assessment and programme design. 

Please note that this programme is subject to change.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's Certificate in Adult Teaching (Advanced) will have the knowledge and skills to work in adult education and facilitation, in both the community and tertiary sector.

You may even wish to work at UCOL. Find out about the support we offer our academic staff.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Teachers.

 Course Information

  • Introduction to Adult Education – Teaching and Learning
  • Applying Assessment Principles
  • Either 3A Programme Design or 3B The Research Process
  • Teaching Practicum

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Learning Facilities

UCOL’s CATA programme has a friendly welcoming environment that is supported by a fully equipped classroom with multiple whiteboards, interactive smart whiteboard, computer, projector, Wi-Fi and varying sized tables to enable different room configurations.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 3


Equivalent academic achievement


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies it international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

Under 20 years of age

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

The Short Course in Adult Teaching comprises 25 credits and the Certificate in Adult Teaching (Advanced) comprises 60 credits. There are four courses consisting of:

  • 600 hours of student learning
  • 255 hours of lecturer-supported learning
  • 280 hours of independent learning
  • 65 hours of practicum learning
Part-time students may enrol in any of the courses separately.

Practical requirements
Students are advised that there is a requirement for 65 hours’ practical teaching in an approved setting, in order to complete the Certificate in Adult Teaching (Advanced), Level 5. Students will, therefore, need to be in a teaching role to complete this qualification.

However, students may exit after Course One (which requires 15 hours’ practical teaching) with the Short Course in Adult Teaching, Level 5. 

Prospective students must contact the programme leader prior to enrolment, to confirm that they can meet the practical requirements of the course in terms of accessing adult teaching opportunities. 

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.