Future-proofing qualifications

Our qualifications team’s mahi is wrapping up for the year. Having completed all planned, overdue, and scheduled qualification reviews in what was an incredibly full work plan, final qualification reviews are currently with NZQA for evaluation before being published.

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We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the Technical Advisory Groups involved in these projects.  We appreciate the time and expertise offered to support ensuring the qualifications and standards are fit for vocational training in the construction and infrastructure industries.

The review of the Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying unit standards began with the Technical Advisory Group in November 2022. This review will run until the end of April 2023. The Qualifications Systems Product Team has set up a Teams channel and given all stakeholders access to input their feedback on the unit standards.  So far, there is great support from industry, providers and the PDG Registration Board for the standards review.

On return in the New Year, in collaboration with industry experts, the team will be right back into it, completing reviews currently underway, as well as starting many new and exciting projects.
Some of the current projects include the following unit standard reviews, enabling providers to use the most up-to-date unit standards in their next programme versions:

  • Forestry Earthworks
  • Kitchen Joinery Installation
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Design
  • Bituminous Surfacing
  • Piling
  • Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying

In 2023, skill standards will replace unit standards and will become the building blocks of qualifications and micro-credentials.  They will provide indicative learning content and assessment that will inform programme design and support more consistent assessment.  A plain language approach to writing skill standards will also help create a platform for providers to structure the learning journey.  Ngā Kaupapa - a set of guiding principles that will support and inform the design and development of skill standards.

Our Qualifications team looks forward to commencing new projects and collaborating with our industries in 2023, including:

  • Developing a suite of skill standards to support pathways in the flooring sector
  • Reviewing the qualifications and standards for roofing
  • Reviewing Electricity Supply (network control) qualification and associated standards
  • Reviewing NZC in Telecommunications qualification and associated standards
  • Developing credentials for demolition
  • Developing a suite of skill standards to support pathways leading to carpentry

Find out more about current and upcoming reviews and developments