New Zealand Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment (Level 4)

The purpose of this qualification is to enable those entering the building and/or building regulatory environments to gain an awareness of the context and structure of building in New Zealand and to develop the knowledge and skills to operate within a building control environment.

Graduates will be able to apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to support the operation of, and interact with, Building Authorities and Building Surveyor disciplines.

Use this link to read the New Zealand Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment qualification.


Building regulatory environment unit standards available for feedback

You are invited to provide feedback on the draft unit standards that support the New Zealand Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment (Level 4).  Please provide feedback to Colin James by close of business 15 December 2017.

Please click on the links to access the drafts:

When reviewing the drafts, also provide feedback on the following:

  1. These unit standards may be assessed in a training provider environment or directly in a workplace.  If assessment occurs in the workplace, will those in support roles in building regulatory organisations face any barriers to supplying evidence of competency?
  2. Do the unit standards cover all the requirements of the graduate profile outcomes of the qualification?
  3. Do the credit values represent the level and depth of expertise expected of those in support roles?

The draft standards have been developed over a six month period by a working group drawn from the building control sector, including professional bodies, employees of BCAs, and assessors.


Unit standard 2416 open for feedback

The changes to unit standard 2416 are in response to the updated building code.  Please provide feedback to Colin James by close of business 15 December 2017.

Click the link to review the draft:

Assessors and moderators informed us that this standard referenced the previous building code, and made no provision to replace the old requirements with the new requirements when assessing candidates.


Unit standards for Use of Data and Statistics have been submitted for quality assurance

The following unit standards support the New Zealand Certificate in Use of Data and Statistics for Policy Development (Level 5).  Consultation for the draft unit standards closed on 29 August 2017.

Please click on the links to access the submitted drafts:


The five drafts as prepared for consultation were endorsed as fit for purpose, with minor edits.

Use this link to view the intended mapping of draft of the above unit standards to the appropriate qualification graduate profile outcomes.

Thank you for the consultation feedback received from Te Mana Raraunga, the Maaori Data Sovereignty Network, a number of government agencies including The Policy Project, located in Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Statistics New Zealand, Customs,  Victoria and Auckland universities, and one wananga.


Public Sector qualifications are now approved and published

The Skills Organisation has completed the Targeted Review of Qualifications for the State sector and Local Government sector.

Five qualifications were published in June 2017.  Four of the qualifications are available for a variety of roles in state and local government organisations, while one is specialist.  Click on the titles below to view the approved qualifications.


The New Zealand Certificate in Use of Data and Statistics for Policy Development (Level 5) is more specialist and designed to meet the needs for a skill set in evidence-based policy recommendations for members of the policy community who are likely to well qualified in other fields.   It is not confined to those working in the public sector. 

Unit standards have been drafted for this qualification and consultation on them is open until 29 August.

Existing National Certificates remain open for entry until 31 December 2018 and for completion by 31 December 2020. 

Skills continue to work with a broad range of central and local government organisations and the university community to refine and further specify the content of unit standards to support programme for the suite of four generic public sector qualifications.

If you would like to contribute to unit standard or programme development, please contact Sally Evers.