New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills
Level 1

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1)

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

    This means that you will now graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates


    22 July 2024
    17 February 2025
    14 July 2025


    22 July 2024
    17 February 2025
    14 July 2025
  • Length

    19 weeks full-time: 17 teaching weeks plus 2 holiday weeks

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    Zero fees

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies (2024; $2.05 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Free programme.

Feeling a bit lost? Join us! You'll feel supported to identify and reach your goals and have a blast with fun activities to build your skills and confidence for the future.

This programme is eligible for fees-free funding through either the Youth Guarantee(external link), First Year Fees Free, or an internal NMIT scholarship. Our staff will automatically review each application to ensure the appropriate fees-free funding is applied, student levy will be included.

This is an approved Youth Guarantee programme.

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Click the image to find out more information about Youth Guarantee fees-free study.

Foundation Skills is designed to empower you to find out what it is you’re great at in life.

This is not like school. You won’t be stuck at your desk in endless classes, writing essay after essay. Here, you get to do the fun stuff. Rewrite your education experience and learn through a bunch of hands-on, practical, fun activities.

In Foundation Skills, you will be welcomed into a diverse community. You will be celebrated for who you are and supported to succeed. Our awesome tutors are here for you. They want to see you reach your goals and have fun while doing it.

We will help you discover your strengths, identify your support system, build up your skills and develop a plan for your next steps. Our ultimate goal is for you to walk away with the confidence in yourself to succeed in further study, work, or other life ambitions.

"I recommend it to anyone who is thinking of leaving school or someone who is a bit stuck with not finding a job. Because I was in that position and did not know what to do and the course really helped me a lot and helped me get a job."
Lily, New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills alumni








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