Programme endorsement efficiency for Talent International Institute

WDCs develop qualifications for industries we represent and providers are required to gain WDC endorsement for NZQA approval of a programme leading to a vocational qualification.

TII and guests

On 5 December, Talent International Institute (TII) launched their programme for the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) Quantity Surveying Strand. This programme gained NZQA approval on 18 October.

Our tīma (team) were involved in the endorsement process for this programme. The process ran efficiently due to TII’s consultation prior to application, followed by full and open engagement throughout the analysis against our endorsement considerations. 

Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) develop qualifications for the industries we represent, and since 1 June this year, providers have been required to gain WDC endorsement for NZQA approval of a programme leading to a vocational qualification. 

When NZQA asks how well a programme design matches a qualification’s outcomes and strategic purpose, we consider how well the programme meets industry needs using the following criteria for evaluation:

  • programme content
  • equity for all learners
  • industry involvement and support in the development process
  • Te ao Māori
  • Pacific languages and learners
  • ākongo with disabilities.

Helen Finlayson, Assurance Manager, Waihanga Ara Rau, says, “TII’s consultation prior to application, followed by full and open engagement through analysis against our endorsement considerations meant the process ran smoothly.  We were proud to attend TII’s launch of their programme in celebration of the key role Waihanga Ara Rau held in the programme approval process.

“In considering our endorsement criteria, our tīma is committed to providing guidance for providers to develop and gain NZQA approval for high-quality programmes.”

“Talent International Institute worked with Waihanga Ara Rau during 2022 as we prepared to submit our first Programme Endorsement application. The advice and support we received from Helen Finlayson and the Programme Endorsement Review Panel were clear and concise, and the service was excellent. We were able to develop a robust application guided by Waihanga Ara Rau staff. The guidance we received has allowed us to train staff and build internal capacity so that our future applications are well aligned to the endorsement criteria,” says Stewart Brougham, Academic Director Talent International Institute.