Low literacy levels and difficulties with learning are potential barriers to achievement. Supporting trainees in these areas contributes to increased engagement with training and achievement at higher levels.

There is growing awareness about the need for literacy support to assist with workforce training. Improved literacy and learning skills also lead to better staff retention and progression and improved health and wellbeing outcomes for clients.

TEC Literacy and Numeracy Assessment

Careerforce trainees with no previous experience of tertiary-level courses at Level 3 and above, are required to undertake a short literacy and numeracy assessment, as part of their enrolment.  This applies to all-level courses.  The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) requires that workplace training includes identifying trainees who may need additional support on their learning journey.

Trainees who:

  • do not have a NZQA qualification at Level 3 or above, or
  • do not have a university qualification, or
  • do have an overseas tertiary qualification but delivered in a language other than English,

will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment.

Please note, trainees who previously completed a literacy and numeracy assessment with their Level 2 course, and achieved Step 4 or higher for literacy, and Step 5 or higher for numeracy, will not be required to repeat these assessments when enrolling in higher-level qualifications.

Download Literacy and Numeracy Workplace Guide

Download FAQ on the new L&N Assessment Process

Download new L&N requirements on the Training Agreement Oct 2018


Paper-based assessment

Find below the current version of the combined literacy and numeracy paper-based assessment. (for all new enrolments)

Download combined literacy and numeracy assessment (for new trainees)

Download literacy paper-based assessment

Download numeracy paper-based assessment

Follow link to view full diagnostic report of trainee’s results 

Please note: this can take up to ten working days.

Online assessment

The on-line assessment allows you to access your trainee’s full diagnostic report immediately.

Complete on-line assessment

How it works

The assessment is in two parts; reading skills (literacy) and number knowledge and measurement (numeracy).  Each part takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Once the results are in (one to two weeks post-assessment) we work with you to:

  • Understand and access existing government funding for literacy and numeracy support.
  • Build relationships with your local literacy providers.
  • Help set up sustainable internal systems that will allow you to support your trainees’ literacy needs on an on-going basis.


Why does the TEC require this assessment?

Everyone has their literacy strengths and weaknesses, even trainees who already have qualifications. This way all trainees feel involved and we can get a picture of the literacy skills across your organisation so that we can provide the best support.

How long does it take to get the assessment results?

Assessment results have a one to two week turnaround. We need to have entered the training agreement for new trainees into our system before we can issue on-line login codes, or enter the paper-based assessment answers into the Tool.

How do I find out the trainee’s results?

You can get a full report of the trainee’s results from the Assessment Tool website, Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool. Once you are logged in you can open the report and export it as a PDF to save in your training files.