All kaimahi are encouraged to build their bicultural competency through completing this certificate.

The Certificate in Bicultural Competency (Level 4) provides practical knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori as appropriate within the workplace, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and its impact within iwi and location-specific contexts in Aotearoa.  You will develop your understanding of your own position in a bi-cultural New Zealand context by building a base upon which to develop your cultural competency skills. Cultural competency has been identified as a key factor in developing organisational effectiveness; it is also an important global transferable skill. 

Kaimahi who have already achieved the Certificate in Mata a Ao Māori (Level 4) are not eligible to also complete the Certificate in Bicultual Competency (Level 4).  Through the year other PD options will be provided for staff who wish to refresh their Te Reo and Tikanga Māori, or you may wish to explore the offerings from Te Wananga


Study options 

The Certificate in Bicultural Competency (Level 4) has four short courses and is designed to be completed over 2 years part-time study. 

For new kaimahi - please complete the Introduction to Te Tiriti 2-day short course in your first year. Apply for this short course below. In your second year, apply to enrol into the full Certificate and complete the remaining 3 short courses.

For other kaimahi who have already completed part of the Certificate, please enrol for the full Certificate.  You can get RPL for those papers already completed and complete any remaining papers this year. 

Year 1 

Year 2

  • Tikanga Māori in the Organisation
  • Te Reo Māori for the Workplace
  • Bicultural Competency Final Reflections - COMPLETE!

The final Bicultural Competency short course supports you to reflect on your learning through the other three courses, in relation to your professional practice. 

Click here for the 2024 Course Timetable and applying for the Certificate


If you want to check your progress or have already completed some of the courses or previously achieved Edubits, please email through to and they can check your achievement records.

Published on 1 Feb 2023

Orderdate: 1 Feb 2023
Expiry: 26 Jan 2025