Adult Literacy Educator Fund


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TEO eligibility

To be eligible to receive funding from the Adult Literacy Educator (ALE) Fund, a tertiary education organisation (TEO) must be:

  • an institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP)
  • a private training establishment (PTE)
  • a wānanga, or
  • a university.

See Condition ALE002.


Quality assurance

Each TEO must be quality assured (see Condition ALE003).


Programme eligibility


Programmes eligible for ALE funding must lead to one of the following qualifications at level 5 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF):

  • National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace)
  • National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Educator).

Tertiary education organisations receiving funding for adult literacy educator qualifications must have demonstrated that the funded qualification:

  • provides learners with the capability to teach adults literacy and numeracy
  • provides learners with the capability to target those adults with the lowest levels of literacy and numeracy
  • recognises the diverse contexts in which learners are operating to raise adults' literacy and numeracy skills
  • draws on New Zealand frameworks and materials (such as Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy and Numeracy)
  • draws on international and New Zealand research evidence on effective practice
  • provides good pathways between other qualifications
  • contributes to the network of provision.

ALE funding must not be used for recognition of prior learning credited to a learner. See Condition ALE008 for more information. 

Learner eligibility

To be eligible for enrolment in an ALE qualification a learner must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen, or resident
  • be 18 years of age or over
  • have the academic ability to complete the programme of study.

See Condition ALE004.

A tertiary education organisation that enrols eligible learners will be able to receive ALE funding to reduce the fees for their learners' studies. If the ALE funding does not cover all of the fees, the tertiary education organisation may charge learners the balance of the fees. 


Verification of learner identity 

A tertiary education organisation (TEO) must verify a learner's identity when the learner enrols for the first time (see Condition ALE011). We recommend that TEOs also use the identity verification requirements to verify learner eligibility (as described above).

For subsequent enrolments in consecutive years, the TEO is not required to re-verify identity.  However, TEOs should assess their level of risk around identity verification and, if appropriate, should develop a policy as to when the TEO must re-verify the student’s identity.

It is recommended that tertiary education organisations familiarise themselves with the Department of Internal Affairs' Evidence of Identity Standard.

  • Last changed: 3 March 2016
  • Last verified: 3 March 2016