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National Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace)

Level 5

The National Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) contributes to the improvement of the foundation skills (literacy and numeracy) of adult learners in Aotearoa New Zealand.

An adult student works with a lecturer in the library at the Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa, Online

Duration: 18 weeks, part-time

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Domestic Fees:*
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International Fees:*
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* 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.

Delivered by Training For You, this adult education course is a professional qualification for adult literacy and numeracy educator competence. It is ideal for adult educators who are looking to acquire the skills and strategies to embed literacy and numeracy in their training or education programmes.

It is particularly relevant for adult educators currently teaching on a programme in their own field or who have an adult training/coaching role in industry or the community.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Lecturer, tutor, or trainer in embedded literacy and numeracy contexts
  • Continue on to further study in adult literacy and numeracy education at undergraduate or postgraduate level
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

  • Develop adult learners' literacy and numeracy skills within a workplace training or education programme
  • Design learning sessions for adults
  • Evaluate adult learning sessions

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Applicants must be working as an adult educator (tutor, lecturer or trainer) in a recognised adult education, community or industry setting. 


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 to international student applicants.

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

UCOL's National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/ Workplace) comprises 41 credits.

In order to complete the requirements of the programme, students must be working as adult educators (lecturers, tutors or trainers) with a group of students or a range of individual students. The programme requires students to put their developing knowledge of literacy and numeracy skills development into practice with learners. This includes planning, delivery and evaluation of teaching/learning sessions. 

Previous study at level 4 or above will be beneficial to student success.

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.