Draft Level 4 Qualification for Electricians available for feedback
New Zealand qualifications must be reviewed every five years to confirm the qualification remains relevant and fit for purpose for the industry.
The 2019 Consultation Group have reviewed and developed a qualification.
This document provides insights to overall changes and instructions about the feedback we need from you.
Purpose of version 2 draft qualification: to produce graduates who will become commercially competent registered electricians, who are able to install, test, commission, and maintain electrical installations and equipment safely, and in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992.
Qualification Title: New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Level 4 with strands in Electrician and Electricity Supply
Strands: This qualification will have two strands to differentiate between Electricians and Electricity Supply Electricians.
- Compulsory section – All learners will meet graduate outcomes that cover knowledge and application of electrical theory, health and safety, legislation, working professionally, and special situations. See qualification document for details.
- Electrician strand – For electricians working within domestic, commercial; or industrial workplace environments:
- Install, commission, and maintain domestic; commercial; or industrial electrical systems, equipment, and machines
- Carry out fault diagnosis and testing of domestic; commercial; or industrial electrical systems and equipment
On-job unit standards or modules of learning to be in delivered in domestic, commercial, or industrial context
Electricity Supply strand – For electricians working in Supply workplace environments:
- Install, commission, and maintain electricity supply electrical systems, equipment, and machines
- Carry out fault diagnosis and testing of electricity supply systems and equipment
Relevant supply unit standards will be developed by Connexis.
Graduate profile outcomes: The graduate profile outcomes are fundamentally unchanged. Amendments are done to make sure the graduate profile outcomes meet the EWRB 55 Essential Performance Capabilities.
Credits: The Consultation Group will look at the credit values in the qualification in the next meeting.
What we need from you?
We now invite you to review and provide feedback on the qualification. The draft includes comments which explains what is required within each section of the qualification.
1. When reviewing the draft qualification, read through, and answer the questions below:
- Do you support having 2 strands (Electrician and Electricity Supply Electrician)? Why or why not?
- Does the proposed qualification title need to be amended? If so, what is your suggestion?
- The following key elements are captured in the qualification. What else may be missing?
- Trainee Limited Certificate (TLC)
- EWRB theory and regulations exams
- Entry requirements – NCEA Level 2 in Mathematics, English, Physics or General Science (or equivalent qualification)
- Requirements for 55 EPCs
- Requirements for Supervision and EWRB exams
- 7000 hours of workplace experience
- with the proposed wording does each graduate profile outcomes (pgs. 2 & 4) describe what a graduate must be able to do?
- is there a need to have a separate graduate outcome about special situations? Or can this be included in another graduate outcome?
2. Help define commercially competent, which is used to describe the standard and quality a person must perform at. Let us know whether you agree with; have amendments to the proposed definition; or have a completely different definition
the application of practical activities that must be satisfactorily demonstrated within a time frame within which a competent person at this level could reasonably be expected to perform the task, and reliably achieve the accepted industry practice outcomes with regard to quality, safety, and commercial viability under the required range of workplace conditions.
Commercial competence refers to an individual’s ability to apply or use their skills, knowledge and abilities to perform tasks successfully, consistently, and within industry acceptable time frames.
3. Those in domestic; commercial; and industrial:
- can an apprentice achieve each graduate profile outcome (common and strand) within a domestic; commercial; industrial; and supply context?
Note: ‘context’ can be managed at unit standard level
4. Electricity Supply representatives only:
- We highly recommend you make slight tweaks to the Electricity Supply strand graduate outcomes. Can you use words or context specific to Electricity Supply?
This helps prove to NZQA that there are differences between the strands despite the similar wording/ outcome/ capabilities).
Thank you for your involvement and contribution to help the electrical industry produce graduates that meet the needs of New Zealand.
Note: consultation for the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Level 3 and Level 5 will occur later.