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Last updated 21 February 2017 14:46 by NZTecAdmin

Adult literacy and numeracy education provision

Adult literacy and numeracy education provision is available in the form of professional development, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. The current provision (updated February 2017) is listed below or you can download the information here.

There are several qualifications available in New Zealand for educators interested in furthering their interest and expertise in teaching literacy and numeracy to adults. A number of tertiary education organisations throughout New Zealand are currently accredited to offer these qualifications.

Please visit the NZQA or individual TEO websites for further information on these qualifications. 

The TEC has introduced a requirement for tutors teaching foundation-level courses to hold an appropriate qualification. Qualifications are considered appropriate if they include content and outcomes related to embedding literacy and numeracy in a New Zealand context.  

Find out more here:



New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Voc/Workplace) – NZQF Level 5

The NZCALNE (Vocational/Workplace) certificate is a 40 credit qualification intended to raise the skills of the adult educator to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of learners within the context of a training/education programme. It is particularly relevant for existing practitioners who deliver programmes and who are recognised as adult educators in their own field. They might be workplace trainers and/or assessors, or vocational tutors or lecturers; the programme could be on-job or off-job. 

More information

View this qualification on the NZQA website

View a list of the organisations that can assist in gaining this qualification

Adult Literacy Educator Grants (ALEGs) for NZCALNE (Voc) candidates

The Adult Literacy Educator (ALE) fund provides support for educators studying for qualifications in teaching adult literacy and numeracy.

The purpose of Adult Literacy Educator Grants (ALEG) funding is to build the capability of educators/trainers to effectively teach adult literacy and numeracy by assisting them to access and complete qualifications.

Organisations receiving TEC funding for adult literacy educator qualifications must demonstrate that the funded qualification:

  • provides tutors with the capability to teach adults literacy and numeracy
  • provides tutors with the capability to target those learners with the lowest levels of literacy and numeracy
  • recognises the diverse contexts in which tutors are operating to raise adults' literacy and numeracy skills
  • draws on New Zealand frameworks and materials (such as Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy and Numeracy)
  • draws on international and New Zealand research evidence on effective practice
  • provides good pathways between other qualifications, and
  • contributes to the network of provision.

Student eligibility is as follows: students must be 18 years or older and meet a number of conditions to do with citizenship, commitment, and ability. All new students are required to pay fees (as set by individual TEOs).

There are currently two NZCALNE providers who administer ALEGs:

VisionWest Community Trust

Contact details:

Linda Robertson
VisionWest Auckland
09 818 0701

Adult Literacy Education & Consulting (ALEC)

Contact details:

Graeme Smith
Adult Literacy Education & Consulting (ALEC) Ltd
0800-ALEC-1-2 (0800 2532-1-2)

More information about Adult Literacy Educator Grants (ALEG)

New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Educator) – NZQF Level 5

The NZCALNE (Educator) certificate is an 80 credit qualification for educators interested in developing specialist expertise in literacy and numeracy teaching and learning. People for whom the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education is relevant are likely to include existing practitioners and aspiring adult literacy and numeracy educators.

More information

View this qualification on the NZQA website

New Zealand Diploma in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education - NZQF Level 6

The 120 credit National Diploma in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Level 6) is a qualification designed for experienced educators who aspire to a leadership role in adult literacy and numeracy education by informing organisational change and capability.

More information

View this qualification on the NZQA website

Postgraduate Diploma in Education - NZQF Level 8

This is a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the University of Waikato. This is a 120 point qualification which includes 4 postgraduate papers of your choice. The papers cater for educators working with adults in ITPs, Wānanga, PTEs, ITO and workplaces and is a pathway into Masters study. This programme combines online learning, teaching and discussion and on-campus workshops and suits distance learners. 

More information


Masters and PhDs in Education

Auckland University of Technology, University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington have the capacity and expertise to supervise these qualifications with an adult literacy and numeracy focus. Contact the universities directly for further information.




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