He Puāwai - Certificate in Adult & Tertiary Teaching

  • Level 5
  • 20 weeks - full-time
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Do you want to be a qualified facilitator, tutor or trainer? 

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!

When you pass this programme, you'll receive this qualification:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Adult & Tertiary Teaching Level 5

You'll learn about:

  • creating inclusive and inviting learning environments
  • communication, facilitation and teaching strategies for responding to diverse learners
  • designing, delivering and evaluating lessons
  • being a reflective practitioner

You'll be able to:

  • design learning that is pedagogically and culturally appropriate to meet specified learning outcomes in diverse contexts
  • facilitate quality learner-centred teaching that respects the mana and diverse cultural backgrounds of adult learners, and the wider educational and societal context
  • use a range of facilitation and teaching strategies, including technology-enhanced teaching and learning
  • embed literacy and numeracy skills appropriate to the demands of the programme and needs of the learners
  • enhance learning through the application of a range of assessment, feedback, and moderation practices
  • evaluate own professional practice and develop and implement plans to improve it


This qualification is intended for people aspiring to or engaged in a career in adult, tertiary or vocational teaching or training who have a qualification or equivalent experience in their trade, vocation or other primary discipline. It represents the expected sector baseline qualification for a professional adult and tertiary teaching practitioner.

Graduates of this qualification have the skills and capabilities to provide high quality, contemporary and culturally appropriate teaching and learning in a range of teaching or training contexts.

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 (3-5 hours per week)
  • 4 x noho marae (25 hours per noho)
  • 3 x 1-day wānanga (12 hours per wānanga) 

You’ll also need to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for:

  • approximately 22 hours per week

Some of the learning activities will need to be completed online. You'll need to have access to an internet-connected device for this programme.

Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

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

Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements may be granted special admission by Aukaha Ako (delivery). 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
  • participate in an interview and selection process to demonstrate suitability to the programme
  • Ako sessions (practicum) are a compulsory component of this programme.

Important information: You'll need to have access to at least six adult learners throughout the duration of the programme.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

Explore further study options in adult and tertiary teaching with another provider.

I want to use my qualification

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

Kōnae Ako (Learning Modules):

Koha | 26 Credits 

Design, deliver and evaluate quality ako sessions and aromatawai (assessment) materials.

Mauri Ora | 10 Credits

Critically reflect and evaluate practice and professional responsibilities.

Āhurutanga | 10 Credits

Examine the principle of āhurutanga in relation to establishing an inclusive and inviting learning space.

Kaitiakitanga | 14 Credits

Identify effective ako (learning) and communication strategies that contribute to effective relationships.


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