Qualifications and standards

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

Current developments

Adult Education and Training and Generic Education and Training unit standards

In February 2017, following the development and review of Adult Education and Training and Generic Education and Training unit standards, a new suite of standards was approved for listing. The suite of standards is available in the following domains:

Domain

ID

Level

Credit

Title

Delivery of Adult Education and Training

29690

4

6

Describe principles and theories of adult learning

29692

4

14

Deliver learning sessions for adults

29691

5

20

Facilitate adult learning sessions using adult teaching and learning theories and frameworks

7110

5

8

Critically evaluate and improve own professional knowledge and practice in adult education and training

Design and Development of Adult Education and Training

7093

4

10

Plan for delivery of learning sessions for adults

29689

5

12

Design and prepare adult learning sessions for a variety of contexts

Assessment of Learning

29693

4

10

Review, evaluate and identify areas of improvement for own adult education teaching practice

11551

5

10

Quality assure assessment

11552

5

10

Design and evaluate assessment materials

The Adult Education and Training and Generic Education and Training unit standards were developed and reviewed to align with and support the implementation of the New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 4) [Ref: 2746] and the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Tertiary and Teaching (Level 5) [Ref: 2993]. See the landscape documents below for the relationship between the standards and the qualifications:

Transition period

Replaced Adult Education and Training and Generic Education and Training standards 7102 and 19444 are now designated as ‘expiring’. The last date for assessment against these standards is 31 December 2020. This is a transition period to allow time for providers to adjust their programmes and resources to the new standards.

Main changes to the standards

  • The standards have taken a more integrated approach, mirroring the qualification conditions.
  • The credit values and levels were considered in the context of the qualifications and have been amended to better reflect the level of the content in the standards and the amount of work required.
  • Standards 7102 and 19444 have been replaced by new standards.

See the Review and development of Adult Education and Training and Generic Education and Training unit standards change report for more details.

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.

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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