New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5)

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You can help others learn!

Have you spent years learning your trade? Are you now ready to pass on your knowledge to others? The New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching will help you to gain the skills to share your knowledge and experience. If it’s a love of teaching, a passion for your trade or a need to help others achieve success, this qualification will give you the tools to help you achieve your goal.

Who is this for?

If you aspire to or in a career in adult and tertiary teaching or training, this is a fantastic qualification to set you on your teaching career path.

About eCampus NZ

The eCampus NZ online learning platform is a collaboration by New Zealand’s major tertiary providers to provide quality education to New Zealanders no matter where they live. The eCampus platform is easy to use, flexible and supportive. You will be able to access course material, upload assignments and chat to other students through our private online forum. Our portal also keeps you up to date with the latest course information including news, events and important details.

As an eCampus online student you can learn at your own pace and fit your study around your work, family and lifestyle. All study is completely online – with dedicated facilitators and advisors to help you along the way.

It is possible to study individual courses/papers from within eCampus programmes without completing the full qualification. If you are interested in only competing specific courses/papers please contact the eCampus team to find out more about how this works.

Click here to learn more about eCampus NZ.

Coaching support and study spaces

NorthTec offers study spaces where you will be able to meet new people, gain support from an experienced tutor in this field, put a face to the names on your forums and learn more about the course. We have free Wi-Fi, kitchenette, coffee, tea, snacks and milo.

Take advantage of highly skilled and experienced tutors accessible to answer questions and provide you the support to help, guide and direct you.

What you will learn

Learn how to create a learner-centred teaching environment
Become a teacher who makes sure their learners get the most out of their study. Empower your students and enable them to walk away having achieved their learning goals.

Learn how to teach and respect adult learners
Working with adult learners takes a certain skill-set, a lot of respect for the learner and an understanding of a diverse range of backgrounds. This qualification will give you the expertise to approach adult teaching with the enthusiasm and understanding it deserves.

Learn how to assess and moderate
Most formal learning environments require some form of assessment. Learn key assessment methods and how to integrate assessment into your teaching.

Learn how to teach for all abilities
Any good teacher understands the importance of evaluating their students and then teaching to individual abilities. Learn the strategies to enhance learning for a diverse range of learners and abilities.

Courses in this programme

If an individual course is only of interest – it is possible to complete a course and not a full qualification via eCampus.

Courses Level Credits
CVTT521 - Learner-centred Practice 5 20
CVTT522 - Teaching Approaches for Learner Success 5 10
CVTT523 - Assessment and Moderation 5 15
CVTT524 - Perspectives on Teaching and Learning 5 15

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 2; or

  • Be able to demonstrate skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) that have been acquired through study, work and/or life experience.

Other Requirements
All applicants must be prepared to authorise a current police check to ensure suitability.

All participants must be working with learners in a post-secondary environment and must meet the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

International Students or applicants for whom English is not a first language must attain an IELTS Academic score of at least 6.5 in all bands or hold an equivalent score from a recognised alternative English proficiency test. Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Part time


44 weeks part time

Start Dates

Online (eCampus): Rolling monthly intakes

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: 2021:


International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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