He Puāwai

Certificate in Adult & Tertiary Teaching

  • Level 5
  • 20 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Adult educators play a vital role in our communities helping develop people's confidence and capabilities in areas such as literacy, numeracy, digital technology, personal growth and workplace development.

He Puāwai caters for current adult educators seeking a recognised adult education qualification. It suits people working with adults in vocational, workplace, community-based or tertiary settings who are interested in being a more responsive educator.

This practical programme positions Māori philosophies, principles and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) as a foundation for enhancing practice. You'll explore the implications this has for learning styles and effective learning environments, while reflecting on your practice.

Become an adult educator that empowers learners!

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive the following qualification:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Adult & Tertiary Teaching Level 5

You'll learn about:

  • Āhurutanga - creating inclusive and inviting learning environments
  • Kaitiakitanga - communication, facilitation and teaching strategies for responding to diverse learners
  • Koha - designing, delivering and evaluating lessons
  • Mauri ora - being a reflective practitioner.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You might be eligible to enrol in our degree programme He Korowai Ākonga - Bachelor of Education or you might want to explore further study options in adult and tertiary teaching.

I want to use my qualification

Facilitate learning as a vocational, tertiary, marae-based, workplace or community-based educator.


How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 60 credits delivered over 20 weeks. Throughout the programme you'll be required to attend:

  • kura whakaako - compulsory tutorials (15 hours per week)
  • 4 x noho marae (25 hours per noho)
  • 3 x 1-day wānanga (12 hours per wānanga).

In addition to these, you’ll be expected to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately 11 hours per week.


Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • have successfully completed a Level 4 qualification or NCEA Level 2.

Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements may be granted special admission. In this case, applicants must:

  • provide proof of relevant educational/work /life experience in adult education
  • meet the competencies required in literacy and numeracy
  • provide evidence of their ability to successfully pursue and complete the programme.

All applicants must also:

  • complete an application package and participate in an interview and selection process to demonstrate suitability to the programme
  • have access to at least six adult learners throughout the duration of the programme.

Important information: Practice-based learning (practicum) is a compulsory component of this programme. In accordance with the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014, all applicants working with learners 18 years and under will need to participate in safety checks including police vetting as part of the pre-enrolment process.

Provide feedback on this page

We want your feedback

Let us know about your experience with our website. We'll take your feedback into consideration as we develop the site.

Close feedback