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



44 weeks part-time

Delivered through the eCampus. Online activities including readings, discussion forums, research tasks and fact finding. Study is part-time, will be mainly self-directed and is flexible to suit your needs.


Delivered online through eCampus NZ

Help others learn! 

Have you spent years learning your trade? Are you now ready to pass on your knowledge to others? This Certificate 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 a career in adult and tertiary teaching or training, this is a fantastic programme to set you on your teaching career path. 

Career opportunities

With this qualification under your belt, you could go on to secure a role as a vocational or workplace educator and trainer or as an academic staff member/tutor. 

What will I learn?

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • design for learning to meet specified learning outcomes in a variety of contexts
  • create and sustain a learner-centred teaching environment that respects learners’ mana and diverse backgrounds, and the wider educational and societal context
  • select and apply facilitation and teaching strategies appropriate to diverse learners
  • enhance learning through the application of assessment and moderation practices
  • critically evaluate and reflect on own professional practice and explore options to improve it. 
Course descriptions 
Programme structure 



Total learning hours


Perspectives on Teaching and Learning



10 weeks

Assessment and Moderation



10 weeks

Teaching Approaches for Learner Success



10 weeks

Learner Centred Practice



14 weeks




44 weeks

Entry requirements 

Academic requirements

  • Open entry. 

Other requirements

  • You will need to have access to a group of at least 6 learners in order to complete course activities and required assessments.
  • These graded assessments contribute towards your overall grade so if you do not have access to a group of students, you will be unable to successfully complete the course.
  • You can learn more about the assessment requirements on each of the individual course pages (accessible via in the course descriptions section).
  • You must also be working with learners in a post-secondary environment and must meet the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. 


Even if you don’t have the necessary qualifications you may still be approved for entry if you can show you have literacy and numeracy skills needed for tertiary study through other study, work and/or life experience. Please contact TANZ for more information


  • If English is not your first language, you may be required to show that your English Language skills meet IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 in any subject) or English Proficiency Outcomes Chart equivalent. 
  • If you have no evidence of your English Language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment. 
  • Students with an NCEA Level 3 University Entrance are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.   
COVID-19 vaccination information

As this programme is delivered fully online, you do not need to provide us with a My Vaccine Pass.

  • You will need to provide us with a valid My Vaccine Pass if you want to visit an Otago Polytechnic site for any reason while you are studying with us (e.g. meetings, events, presentations) or attend graduation in person at the end of this programme.
  • You do not need to provide a valid My Vaccine Pass if you are attending on campus health services (e.g. student health, Kowhai Centre).
  • In exceptional circumstances, exemptions may be granted to this. You can find out more about this in our vaccination policy. If you think you have grounds to be exempt from our vaccination requirements, please email    

You can find more information about our vaccination requirements here. And, if you still have further questions, please visit our FAQs page which you can find here.

Your workload

This programme is made up of four courses with a total of 600 learning hours. This breaks down to approximately 15 hours per week of part-time study. 

Depending on your previous academic online experience this may vary a little. 

Further study options

This programme is the perfect pathway into further study towards Level 6 and above qualifications in adult and tertiary teaching. 

Student loans and allowances

Courses and qualifications through TANZ eCampus are eligible for student loan support on condition that the student and level of study meet certain criteria. Student loans are administered through Studylink.