FREE | NZ Certificate in Skills for Living (with Skills for Working strand) (Level 1)

Study Options



2 years


Level 1

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Become more independent in your community

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 NZ Certificate in Skills for Living (with Skills for Working strand) programme provides vocational and community skills for people who require intensive support with their learning.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February

Your future career and study opportunities

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


This certificate incorporates NZQA Supported Learning unit standards, providing an opportunity for you to gain national recognition and acknowledgement for your achievements.

We value our partnership with you 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 your 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

You must be independent with personal carers or have access to support while studying at EIT | Te Pūkenga.


Entry requirements

All potential learners will be expected to attend an interview as a part of the application process.

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 (CC) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

  • CC is based on the equivalency of courses or qualifications. You would apply for CC if you have passed a very similar course at the same level.
  • 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.
CC and RPL cannot be awarded for a course if you are already enrolled in that course. You must apply prior to enrolment.

For further information and enquiries about CC and RPL please contact Sue Jackson, the Programme Administrator, on 06 830 1521 or

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus


EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.