Qualifications and standards

Review of Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education, Adult Education and Training and Generic Education and Training unit standards

Current developments

Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (ALNE) unit standards

In September 2016, following the review of the ALNE unit standards, a new suite of ALNE standards were approved for listing. The new suite of standards is now available in Domain - Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education.

The ALNE unit standards were reviewed to align with and to support the implementation of the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5) [Ref: 2754] and the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Educator) (Level 5) [Ref: 2755]. A table showing the relationship between new ALNE standards and New Zealand ALNE qualifications is available in the document "List of ALNE stds showing relations.docx" (DOCX, 22KB)

The new ALNE standards will contribute toward the government strategy of developing the literacy and numeracy of adults and improving the quality of teaching within the context of training or education programmes.

Transition period

The replaced ALNE standards are now designated as ‘expiring’. The last date for assessment against these standards is 31 December 2018. This is a transition period to allow time for providers to adjust their programmes and resources to the new standards. For more information on expired and replaced unit standards go to Outcomes of unit standard reviews.

Providers who currently have consent to assess for ALNE unit standards will automatically have this extended to the new standards.

Main changes to the standards

  • Literacy and numeracy teaching and learning are not treated in separate standards. Both literacy and numeracy are covered in all standards.
  • The standards have taken on a more applied approach, taking the theory of ALNE teaching and learning into practice.
  • The credit value of the standards are between 5 – 15 credits. There is no longer a 30 credit standard required for vocational/workplace candidates.
  • In the explanatory notes, reference has been made to the New Zealand ALNE qualifications, to which the new standards have been aligned.

Details are available in a review summary: “Review of Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education unit standards”. [Refer to “Change Report for September 2016", at Field: Education.]

Cross-crediting

Cross-crediting between the ALNE Vocational/Workplace qualification and the Educator qualification is explicit in the areas of design and assessment. Unit standards for these areas are available and can be used for assessment towards both qualifications:

Feb 2017 ALNE overlap diagram

  • Unit standard 29623, Design strategies to embed adult literacy and numeracy in the delivery of a training or education programme (10 credits) and
  • Unit standard 29625, ­Use assessment to strengthen adult literacy and numeracy teaching and learning (10 credits).

Cross-crediting opportunities can also be found in the Teacher Education qualifications below:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Adult Tertiary and Teaching (Level 5) [Ref: 2993]
  • New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5) [Ref: 2754]
  • New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Educator) (Level 5) [Ref: 2755]

More information is available at Mandatory review of Teacher Education qualifications levels 2-6.

Reviewed and New Adult Education and Training and Generic Education and Training unit standards

In 2016, six unit standards were reviewed and three new unit standards were developed. The standards have been approved for listing and will be available shortly.

Contact information

For enquiries about Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education unit standards, please email ALNE.standards@nzqa.govt.nz.

For enquiries about Adult Education and Training and Generic and Education and Training unit standards, please email ATT.standards@nzqa.govt.nz.

For enquiries about the qualifications below, please email info@akoaotearoa.ac.nz.

 
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