BCATS information for schools

Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) are a suite of Level 1-3 unit standards registered on the NQF that are tailor-made for schools.

This makes BCATS the perfect choice since:

  • they are included in schools’ Base Scope of Assessment. This means schools do not need to apply for Consent to Assess.
  • they can be achieved in any school-based context. This includes school workshops and simulated workplace settings – any structured, supported, and supervised environment where students’ work relates to the building, construction, and allied trades.
  • they do not require students to achieve the standard of commercial competency. Unlike other unit standards, BCATS focus on the skills required to enter a career in the building, construction, and allied trades.  In short, a BCATS graduate makes an ideal candidate for an apprenticeship!

BCATS programmes:

  • lead to BCATS qualifications registered on the NQF at Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • contribute to NCEA qualifications
  • develop literacy and numeracy skills

For schools, BCATS are externally moderated via cluster moderation workshops.

Waihanga Ara Rau run just over 30 regional moderation workshops.  Alongside external moderation of assessment, professional development and networking are a key focus.

Worried that technology teachers are a dying breed?

The University of Canterbury (UC) now offer an alternative entry pathway into their Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning. Spread the news across your networks.

We all know skilled and passionate technology teachers are in short supply.  UC’s alternative entry pathway recognises trade experience and qualifications in lieu of the typically required bachelor’s degree. Moreover, the alternative entry pathway includes a distance option, and the qualification may be completed full-time in one year or part-time over two years.

Learn more or contact Ceri de Boo, Lecturer (Technology)/ Secondary Course Co-ordinator Grad Dip.