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Qualifications revamp

Qualifications revamp
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A wide-ranging review of NZQA’s health and safety qualifications pathway is nearing completion, with a suite of four new qualifications soon to replace all existing certificates and diplomas at levels 3 to 6.

The reassessment, led by the Skills Organisation, was part of the government’s Targeted Review of Qualifications (TRoQ), set up in 2011 to reduce proliferation of qualifications and ensure that those on offer are robust, consistent, and meet the needs of both the learners and their employers.

Skills Organisation qualifications adviser Te Oho Reedy told Safeguard that new level 3 and 4 certificates in workplace health and safety practices will be published as soon as NZQA completes its quality assurance, but a little more work is needed on the level 5 certificate and level 6 diploma in workplace health and safety management.

When completed, the redesign will offer real benefits to end users, he believes.

“The qualifications focus on the outcomes to be achieved, not the details of course content,” he says. “Tertiary education organisations will develop the detail in their programmes, but the flexibility of this new system will allow them to customise or contextualise training programmes to meet industry needs.

“Businesses also, through their ITO or training provider, will be able to develop health and safety training programmes targeted to their particular needs, provided they achieve the overall outcomes of the new qualifications.”

He says a lot of work has been done to ensure as many interested parties as possible have been involved in the review process. Skills Organisation heads a working group that includes representatives from 20 organisations, including tertiary institutions, industry bodies, employers, other ITOs, WorkSafe, MBIE, EMA, the NZCTU and HASANZ.

This team was assembled after a 2014 call for expressions of interest was widely publicised both online and at health and safety events. Over the past two years review team members have participated in regular meetings, and liaised widely with their sectors on the content and structure of the new qualifications.

“For the review to be complete we need consensus from the stakeholders we consult that the qualifications are fit for purpose,” Reedy says.

Following the publication of the new system, all existing qualifications will be phased out over the next two years.

“Programmes leading to existing qualifications will then need to show that they meet the new requirements, and this may mean changes to the content. However those holding existing qualifications will not need to re-train. The qualifications they have achieved will continue to be recognised.”



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Te Oho Reedy
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Skills Organisation
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