New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational or Workplace) (Level 5)

New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational or Workplace) (Level 5)

New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational or Workplace) (Level 5)

New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational or Workplace) (Level 5)

This programme is your gateway to elevating adult learners' literacy and numeracy skills within diverse community, vocational, or workplace contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand. As a graduate of this qualification, you'll possess a toolkit of skills and knowledge for embedding literacy and numeracy into the design, facilitation, assessment, and evaluation of adult learning.

Key Details
SIT2LRN Distance Learning

13 weeks full time

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 13 weeks long

Study Modes:
Distance Learning

2024 Intake 4: 29 July to 22 November - Applications Close 22 July 2024

2025 Intake 1: 27 January to 23 May - Applications Close 13 January 2025

2025 Intake 2: 17 March to 11 July - Applications Close 03 March 2025

2025 Intake 3: 09 June to 03 October - Applications Close 26 May 2025

2025 Intake 4: 28 July to 21 November - Applications Close 14 July 2025


SIT Zero Fees Scheme

  • Tuition Fee: $0   Check eligibility
  • Direct material Cost: $7.00 per credit (incl GST)

(e.g. $700 for 100 credit course)


International Fees


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This qualification is intended for education practitioners who want to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of adult learners by embedding those skills into community, vocational or workplace programmes. It is a non-specialist introduction to embedding literacy and numeracy into adult and tertiary education and training.

Graduates of this qualification will have skills and knowledge related to the basics of embedded literacy and numeracy design, facilitation, assessment and evaluation.

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Design embedded literacy and numeracy learning to enhance learner outcomes in a training or education programme, using a range of pedagogical and cultural practices.
  • Facilitate quality learner-centred teaching that respects the mana and diverse cultural backgrounds of adult learners, and the wider educational and societal context.
  • Plan and use embedded literacy and numeracy strategies, including technology-enhanced teaching and learning, in a training or education programme.
  • Use assessment, including literacy and numeracy diagnostic, and evaluation as tools to enhance student learning and own teaching practice.

Note: This qualification has now moved to Version 2. If you are an existing student and have any questions regarding transitioning from Version 1, please contact the Programme Operations Manager, Melissa James.

Both courses below are compulsory and should ideally be completed in the order listed.

CVTT521 Learner centred practice (20 credits)

This course introduces you to the strategies which promote awareness of, and respect for, cultural diversity and literacy needs in adult education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn to design and implement learner-centred activities and evaluate learning and teaching strategies to improve practice, enabling you to be an effective facilitator of learning in your teaching context.

Note: CVTT521 is also part of the NZ Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5) qualification. You would need to complete three further courses (totalling 40 credit) to gain this qualification.  

ALNE500 Embedding literacy and numeracy (20 credits)

This course will enable you to develop skills for embedding literacy and numeracy into a vocational or workplace programme. It includes identifying the demands, analysing learner needs, and designing and implementing strategies for reading, numeracy, and writing skills. 

Graduates of this qualification may work in roles such as:

  • community, vocational or workplace educator
  • industry or workplace trainer
  • academic staff, tutor or facilitator

Applicants for this programme of study must have access to adult learners (e.g. over the age of 18) over the duration of the programme of study in order to enable them to undertake learning and reflection in an authentic setting.

General Admission
Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age and must have attained either:

  • NCEA Level 2
  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above, or a recognised equivalent.

Any ākonga who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for consideration for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the focus is on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.

English Language Requirements

All applicants (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language need to provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the programme.

International applicants are required to have an IELTS score of 5.5 (general or academic) with no individual band lower than 5 from one test taken in the preceding two years, or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules:

Ākonga who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.

International applicants should contact the SIT International team for advice.

Suggested study path / combinations

Part time study: The number of courses selected per intake will depend on your work, family, and other commitments. It is recommended that you complete study in alternate intakes. It is advisable to complete the courses in the order they are listed on the website.  

Full time study: This is completing all courses (40 credits) over one intake. Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager's discretion. Some courses may have weekly assessment  or other engagement requirements, therefore, part time study is recommended, even for students working less than 20 hours per week.

Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period. Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet)
  • All courses selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs)
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover.

Assessments for this programme typically include written reports, preparation and delivery of learning sessions to adult learners, and discussion board postings. There are no exams for this programme.

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and Internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system and you will have access to this from the Intake start date. However, once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment.

Facilitator Assistance - During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to facilitators, who endeavour to respond to all emails within 48 hours (weekdays only). All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study. Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme. Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

You can view and download a copy of your Academic Transcript any time from the MySIT page (under My Courses). Please note that it may take up to 6 weeks from the end of an intake for grades to show here.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with. Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the programme information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under "Application Criteria")
  • I have read the outline for all individual units (found under "Course Content")
  • I have selected the units I wish to study in each intake(s), and I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes (eg., Intakes 1 & 3 or 2 & 4 etc.)
  • I confirm I have approval from my employer/organisation/a tertiary education provider to access adult learners for assessment and evaluation purposes for the duration of my studies
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application. I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility
  • I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • New students - I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application
  • New students - I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates). These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience)
  • I have computer access, an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents eg Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees, however there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment

Instructions to Help You with Your Application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call 
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it)
  • If you do not have an active NSN, attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling under
  • If you are a Resident or Permanent Resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application
  • Processing may take up to three weeks, however we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5) and be awarded this qualification, the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 40 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5) full-time over four months or part-time over two years

Please Note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

This qualification may lead to Level 5 and above qualifications in adult and tertiary teaching. This may include:

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