NZ Certificate in Skills for Living [Level 1]

Study Options



2 years


Level 1


Develop and improve practical skills that will assist in independence for learning, working and living, enabling you to take a more active role in employment and the community.

The two year New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living (including strand in Skills for Working) programme provides vocational and community skills for people who require intensive support with their learning.


There is one entry date per year:

  • Mid February

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Once you’ve completed this certificate you may want to explore your employment options. You can speak to an EIT staff member about your options.

Study Pathways

Once you’ve completed this certificate you may want your extend your knowledge and skills by engaging in additional study. You can speak to an EIT staff member about your options.


Become more independent in your community

This certificate incorporates NZQA Supported Learning Units, providing an opportunity for you to gain national recognition and acknowledgement for your achievements. The programme aims to enhance your literacy and numeracy skills and, personal and workplace readiness.

We value our partnership with students and aim to provide quality education in a supportive environment, encouraging personal growth and professional development.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.

This programme aims to enhance students’ literacy and numeracy skills, personal and workplace readiness and will provide you with the opportunity to:


  • Experience workplace environments
  • Become more independent
  • Be confident about decision making in your life


All students must be independent with personal cares or have access to support while studying at EIT.

Entry with credit

You may already have some knowledge or skills that can be recognised as part of your intended study. This may take a number of different forms including study while at high school, study at a private training establishment, workplace training, other tertiary study, life experiences or voluntary work. If you think you may qualify, you may want to apply for Cross Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning.

  1. Cross Credit is based on the equivalency of courses or qualifications. You would apply for Cross Credit if you have passed a very similar course at the same level.
  2. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is based on the assessment of your current knowledge and skills. You would apply for RPL if you had gained the relevant knowledge and skills through life experiences and informal learning situations.

You will be asked to provide details of anything that you would like considered as credit towards your intended programme of study, as part of your application.

RPL and Cross Credit cannot be awarded for a course if you are enrolled in that course. You must apply prior to enrolment.

For further information and enquiries about RPL and Cross Credit please contact the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Health Science, Programme Secretary Sue Jackson, telephone (06) 830 1521.