New Zealand Certificate in English Language

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL)

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) is a qualification approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

You can study the NZCEL at different levels (Foundation Level and Levels 1-5). Certificates at each level have 60 credits.

More information about the NZCEL qualification is available on the NZQA website.

NZCEL Level 1 learners

NZCEL Level 1 is for learners of English as an additional language who have minimal command of English.  Learners who complete an NZCEL Level 1 can:

Our NZCEL Level 1 and 2 programmes are under review

Since 2018, we have taught NCEL Level 1 and 2 at 5 of our language centres around Aotearoa New Zealand.

This year we have temporarily paused teaching NZCEL so we can review and update the course. We are currently talking to teachers and current and former students about this, and we are reviewing the course content and materials.

We plan to offer NZCEL Level 1 in Term 3 2024.

Your feedback and ideas are welcome

If you are interested in studying NZCEL we’d love to hear from you.  We welcome feedback from teachers,  employers, stakeholders and past and future learners on anything relating to the content or delivery of NZCEL .  Email:

Other English language courses

We offer a wide range of other English language programmes. If you don’t want to wait until Term 3, 2024 talk to your nearest language centre about a course that is suitable for you.

You can study for an NZCEL with another provider.  A list of organisations that offer NZCEL is available on the NZQA website.