International English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL)

The NZCB International English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) program is a flexible training program made up of 8-week modules. These modules can be combined to create a full-year, full-time training program designed to prepare students for English Proficiency tests (LanguageCert) and to advance their academic and social skills. Successful completion of this program enables students to apply for admission to Canterbury, Lincoln, and Massey universities, in addition to the IESOL program. This program holds international recognition and is accredited by NZQA. It aligns with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), validating the attainment of skills and knowledge within the IESOL training curriculum.

LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications cater to individuals who are not native English speakers and aspire to obtain a globally recognised English qualification of high quality. These qualifications are available and acknowledged worldwide. At the highest level (NQF level 3/CEF C2), they are designed for candidates preparing for entry into higher education or professional employment in the UK, New Zealand, or other countries.

Who is the International ESOL program intended for?

  • Individuals who are non-native English speakers from all around the world.
  • Young people or adults participating in English courses within New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or overseas.
  • Students who are learning English as part of their school or college curriculum.
  • Individuals who require English for their daily life or professional endeavours.
  • Learners in need of internationally recognised certification for their English proficiency levels.
  • Those who are enrolled in extended courses and require a series of graded examinations that allow them to progress in their language proficiency.
  • Learners taking short English courses.

Available levels:

Entry Requirements:
For entry into Preliminary to Communicator Levels (Level 1 and 2)

NZCB will use either student provided international examination results, eg IELTS, or after an interview to judge fluency, or use an appropriate City and Guilds practice examination to determine student’s entry competence. Student must meet NZ immigration requirements and have, as a very minimum (for the preliminary level), an understanding of the Roman alphabet.

For entry into Expert and/or Mastery Level (level 3)


  1. Must meet NZ Immigration requirements
  2. Must have a minimum of IELTS 5.0 with no band score lower than 5, or meet other requirements of NZQA’s acceptable evidence of English language proficiency

Start Date:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Study Options:
Full time on-site AND Full time online

Class times:
9.00am – 3.30pm, Monday – Friday with some time allocated for self-study

Online Enquiry Form

    1. Personal Details

    First Name (required)

    Last Name (required)

    Date of Birth (required)

    Gender: MaleFemaleGender-free

    English Name (required)

    Nationality (required)

    Passport Number (required)

    Issuing Country (required)

    2. Contact Details

    Telephone (required)

    Email (required)

    3. English Competency

    3.1. What is your first language:

    I have completed an academic qualification at an institute where the language if instruction was in english.I have sat an internationally recognised English test (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) with a band score. Please fill-in 3.2.I intend to sit an English test. Please fill-in 3.3.

    3.2. I have sat an internationally recognised English test (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) with a band score of

    3.3. I intend to sit an English test on

    4. Course of Study applied for

    Please indicate your proposed course of study (required):

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    5.Education records

    Highest Education Background: