Press release: 16 May 2023

Work with Waihanga Ara Rau Workforce Development Council to register micro-credentials for Construction and Infrastructure.

As part of the new vocational education and training system, Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) ensure that industry needs are met. They provide industries and employers with greater leadership and influence across vocational education.

Workforce Development Council support is now required before education providers can seek approval from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) for micro-credentials.

Education providers need to apply to Waihanga Ara Rau to receive a Letter of Support for construction and infrastructure-related micro-credentials and include this Letter of Support with their NZQA micro-credential application.

If you’re an education provider looking to register a micro-credential, we encourage you to get familiar with the application process.

Waihanga Ara Rau will look at your application and consider the following:

  1. Does it add value to industry, learners and community?
  2. Does it meet an industry need?
  3. Does it have a coherent structure?
  4. Does it address a skills or pathway gap?

If you’re an education provider looking to register a micro-credential for a different sector, you need to apply to the relevant Workforce Development Council (WDC).

Talk to a WDC about your plans early in the development process so that you get valuable advice about your planned micro-credential.

Support from a WDC does not necessarily mean that NZQA will list it, or that TEC (Tertiary Education Commission) will fund it.


Media contact: Catriona Petrie, GM Qualification System Product, Waihanga Ara Rau, Ph: 021 0251 6687.