New Zealand Certificate in Education Support

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Subject area

Teacher Education not elsewhere classified



20 Weeks

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This qualification is for individuals who are existing education support/ teacher aides or seeking an education support/ teacher aide position.
Graduates will be able to work under broad guidance, and effectively support learning from early childhood to tertiary and community education.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Academic Entry Requirements: Open entry Domestic Language Entry Requirements If English or Maori is not the applicant's first language, applicants will need an IELTS (General or Academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5, or equivalent. International English Language Entry Requirements International applicants will need an IELTS (General or Academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5, or equivalent. Other Admission Requirements: Applicants must: * be at least 17 years of age * be in paid or voluntary employment for at least five hours a week and be under the supervision of a qualified teacher within a school or other education support setting. * be police vetted by their host school to the requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014. This programme is based on practising in a New Zealand context.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


20 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$0 $0
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$1,540 $1,540
Total $1,540 $1,540

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings N/A
Earnings range N/A
In employment N/A
In further study N/A
On a benefit N/A

All KIS information is the most recent data available and relates to domestic students only.

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 913 5300
Fax: (04) 913 5308

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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