What is the NCALNE (Voc)?


In case you don’t know already, the NCALNE (Voc) is an entry level professional qualification in adult literacy and numeracy education. The rather unwieldy acronym stands for:

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

It’s a 40-credit National Certificate delivered by registered and accredited training providers in Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s primarily for trades and vocational trainers, tutors, and teachers. And those they work with.

Unit Standard 21204 (Develop adult learners’ literacy and numeracy skills within a training or education programme) is central to this course and makes up 30 of the total 40 credits. At ALEC we have embedded two additional units to make up the balance. These are Unit Standard 9685 (Write an analytical report) and Unit Standard 21196 (Design literacy skills development for an individual learner).

We’re working on an online Fast Track option that embeds the 10 credit unit standard 21198: Facilitate literacy skills development.

If you sign up for this training with ALEC or another provider you’ll cover a wide range of content areas and skills and that you will your ability to embed literacy and numeracy into your context.

But there are seven broad areas that you should cover. Each of these areas should relate to one assessment task and one element from 21204. They are:

  1. The New Zealand context.
  2. Māori literacy and numeracy.
  3. Mapping and task analysis: Knowing the demands.
  4. Diagnostic assessment: Knowing the learner.
  5. Embedding literacy and numeracy: Knowing what to do.
  6. Assessing learning progress.
  7. Evaluating embedded literacy and numeracy.

The plan is to start working on a Diploma in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education next.

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