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Learn English, gain NZQA qualification

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) is an intensive full-time course. With the high level of immersion in English, language learning is fast. Friendships form between people from a range of language backgrounds and they communicate in English with each other outside the classroom.


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English Language Partners offers New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) classes in our Tauranga and Porirua centres. NZCEL provides a clear pathway to progress your English language skills through to further studies and work in New Zealand.

You’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification issued by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to assist you in applying to higher academic institutes, or employment.

Course New Zealand Certificates In English Language (NZCEL)
Porirua centre – Level 1 & 2
Tauranga centre – Level 2 only
Duration 18  weeks
Total credits 60  credits
Centres Porirua and Tauranga
Course times Monday to Thursday
9.30am to 2.30pm
(incl. 30 minutes lunch break)
Semester 1

Level 2 only

Term 1
10 February – 16 April 2021
Term 2
3 May –  2 July 2021
Semester 2

Porirua Level 1
Tauranga Level 2

Term 1
26 July – 1 October 2021
Term 2
18 October – 13 December 2021


Can I join the NZCEL class?

Adults who have New Zealand residency or citizenship can join our NZCEL course.

How do I join the NZCEL class?

You will need to have an interview with a staff member and sit a placement assessment to make sure NZCEL is the right option for you.

What does it lead to?

Our NZCEL graduates have gone on to study English at higher levels. Some go into Level 3 courses in subjects like cooking and automotive engineering.

NZCEL is also a pathway into work. Our graduates are employed in retail, administration and hospitality roles.

How much does it cost?

Our NZCEL courses are free.

What will I learn?

NZCEL courses focus on real-life tasks where you can develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. You will learn and practise essential vocabulary and grammar and gain skills for living and working independently in New Zealand.

What is an NZQA qualification?

Testimonials from our learners

How real learners have found their experience

Junior Taala

“Once I graduate with my NZCEL L2 certificate, I’ll study computing and maths at Whitereia, before I apply for Police College.”


“Studying NZCEL Level 2 allows us to have choices and future goals.”

Anggi Putri

"I really love my life now compared to before I started learning English. My life improving a lot in many aspect. I can do everything I want without any worried about communicate in English."

Nor Aini

"Before I can't speak English, and now I can speak a little bit, because my teacher is a very nice teacher and she understands me for everything."

Roger Feng


"Now I have local topics I can talk with others, and I like reading the local news. I feel like I am part of it."

Xu Huang


"Learning English at English Language Partners make me more confidence and more positive."

Pa Teauarai

"It made me want to learn more so I can teach my kids English. I share my homework with them too."