The Certificate in Bicultural Competency (Level 4) provides practical knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori as appropriate within the workplace, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and its impact within iwi and location-specific contexts in Aotearoa.  You will develop your understanding of your own position in a bi-cultural New Zealand context by building a base upon which to develop your cultural competency skills. Cultural competency has been identified as a key factor in developing organisational effectiveness; it is also an important global transferable skill. 

Kaimahi who have already achieved the Certificate in Mata a Ao Māori (Level 4) are not eligible to also complete the Certificate in Bicultual Competency (Level 4).  Through the year other PD options will be provided for staff who wish to refresh their Te Reo and Tikanga Māori, or you may wish to explore the offerings from Te Wananga

The Certificate in Bicultural Competency (Level 4) has four short courses.  Please complete the Intro to Te Tiriti short course in your first year and complete the other 3 courses in your second year of study:

The fourth and final Bicultural Competency short course, supports you to reflect on your learning through the other three courses, in relation to your professional practice.    

Each course is delivered several times through the year. The interactive facilitated sessions run over 2 full days for Te Tiriti course, and 2 or 4 week series for Te Reo and Tikanga Māori. Check each course for more information and how to apply for each course.

A timetable for all the Certificate in Bicultural Competency courses can be downloaded here: 2023 CBC Timetable

Kaimahi who have previously attended the 2-day Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop, will need to complete the assessment tasks to pass that course. Resources are available to support you to do this.

If you want to check your progress or have already completed some of the courses or previously achieved Edubits, please email through to and they can check your achievement records.

Published on 1 Feb 2023

Orderdate: 1 Feb 2023
Expiry: 26 Jan 2025