Real Estate Qualification Review and Redesign Update

We’ve reached an important milestone in the review of the real estate qualification suite – NZQA has approved the new Level 5 and Level 6 Real Estate qualifications. The Real Estate qualification suite will now cover Level 4 to Level 6.

Please read the press release here.

The next steps will involve collaborating with industry stakeholders to produce new training programmes that meet the Real Estate industry’s high educational standards and expectations. We are working towards these programmes being available for enrolment in early 2022.

In the meantime, we will continue to support learners through their learning journey.

“This is a great opportunity to review qualifications to make sure they’re current,” says Garry Fissenden, CEO at the Skills Organisation. “In this fast-moving industry, it’s important to equip Real Estate professionals with the tools they need to stay ahead.”

To help answer any immediate questions, we have provided an overview of the newly approved qualification framework, a table explaining any qualification pre-requisites, frequently asked questions, an organisation contact list, next steps, and notes. See the FAQs here.

Important note: If you are currently studying for a Branch Manager or Agent qualification, please ensure you keep to the qualification time frame.

Enrolments Now Open for New Zealand Certificate in Industrial Rope Access (Level 4)

Enrolments Now Open

New Zealand Certificate in Industrial Rope Access (Level 4)

The New Zealand Certificate in Industrial Rope Access (Level 4) provides the Industrial Rope Access Industry with an intermediary level nationally recognised qualification.

This is the second step in the industrial rope access pathway. Trainees in this programme need to have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Industrial Rope Access (Level 3) or provide evidence of equivalent knowledge and skills.

Graduates of the programme will have the skills to lead industrial rope access jobs.

Find out more about enrolling

If you’re an employer looking to sign up a trainee, or someone who’s looking to enrol in training, Skills can help.

For more information or to enrol, please contact either

Vertical Horizonz on 0800 72 33 848 or email at


Skills on 0508 SKILLS (0508 754 557) or email at

Mapping a New Programme with Massey

Mapping a New Programme with Massey

With the new legislative regime for Financial Services in effect from mid-March 2021, all financial services practitioners in New Zealand must conform to the new Code of Professional Conduct for Financial Advice Services.  The code requires that those giving financial advice must meet the outcomes of the New Zealand Certificate in Financial Services (NZCFS), Level 5, version 2.  This qualification was developed by Skills in consultation with the financial services industry.

The code allows for alternative qualifications to be used to demonstrate competence if they have been independently verified as meeting the outcomes of the New Zealand Certificate in Financial Services, Level 5, version 2.

As a financial services training provider, Massey University, in partnership with Kaplan International (the largest financial services training provider in Australia), reached out to Skills to map a new programme that would align with this update.

The Skills team kicked off the project by working with Massey to map what they were teaching students against the new Skills certificate requirements. “We had brilliant guidance from the team at Skills” says Jeff Stangl, Executive Director at Massey. From there, Massey enlisted the support of subject matter experts (SME’s) from New Zealand and Australia, who brought across useful material from the Australian curriculum for their new programme, Certificate in Business Studies (Financial Services Pathway), Level 5. After working through changes and revisions with support from the SME’s, the team completed the new programme to meet the outcomes of the NZCFS in December 2020.

“[The Skills Team] were great communicators, gave us a clear path that needed to be followed with steps along the way, and the project was completed within budget and on time. We look forward to working with Skills again in the future.”

Massey’s new programme officially launched on the 13th of April.

Surveys launched to get more women into the trades

Surveys launched to get more women into the trades

Trade Careers is launching two nationwide surveys on Wednesday 14 April to understand more about why women are not entering trade careers and what may be preventing employers in the trades from hiring more women.

To date, 22,000 women have lost their jobs in New Zealand due to COVID-19.

Women makeup half the population yet in total there are only 13.5% of women in the trades including in administrative roles.

“We think these percentages need to be a lot higher,” says Toby Beagehole, Chief Executive, BCITO.

“At Skills, we have seen an increase in female apprentices overall but those numbers could still be higher,” says Garry Fissenden, CEO Skills. “We want women to see that it’s not just a great career for the lads. It provides real career opportunities for women, too – and many of those businesses that take on our female apprentices, just love their attitude. We are excited to see more women taking those opportunities, too.”

Trade Careers is the first project of the newly formed Women in Trades Collective (WITC) and is supported by BCITO, Connexis, Skills, and Competenz and funded by the Tertiary Education Commission.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) estimates there will be 56,000 new jobs in construction by 2029 — far more than the 24,000 jobs created in the past decade.

“Having more women in the trades will play a big part in meeting the long-term skills shortage in the industry. Unfortunately, for many women, entering the trades is easier said than done.’ says Fiona Kingsford, Chief Executive Competenz.

“This project has the opportunity to radically change the industry and improve the lives of thousands of women, their families, and our communities. We believe that by working together with both women, who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, and employers we can develop innovative solutions to increase women’s participation in the trade workforce,“ says Kaarin Gaukrodger, Chief Executive of Connexis, the Infrastructure Industry Training Organisation.

“We encourage women who are thinking of retraining or who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 to take the survey. Employers,  we are relying on you to help us get it right” says Toby Beagehole.

The surveys run from 14 April  – 7 May

For more information please go to 

Women Survey

If you have lost your job due to COVID-19 we want to hear from you. Your answers are the single most important driver of change to getting more women into the trades.

Employer Survey

We want to learn more about the opportunities and barriers that employers experience in employing women.What do you need to know about? What are your concerns?

Enrolments now open for New Zealand Certificate in Rigging L3

Enrolments now open for New Zealand Certificate in Rigging L3


Enrolments now open for New Zealand Certificate in Rigging L3

Enrolments now open for New Zealand Certificate in Rigging L3. If you have less than two years’ work experience in rigging* and are interested in a career in rigging, you can now enrol with a provider to do the New Zealand Certificate in Rigging L3.

With the construction boom in full force, this provides more options for learners to qualify themselves in Rigging, at a time where New Zealand needs more riggers.

The New Zealand Certificate in Rigging (Level 3) qualification covers the basics of rigging.  You will gain the skills to work as a specialist rigger in various industries.

To enrol in this course you will need to:

  • Be employed and engaged with work related to Rigging; and
  • Hold a current comprehensive workplace first-aid certificate.

The programme takes approximately a year to complete.

Find out more about enrolling

If you’re an employer looking to sign up a trainee, or someone who’s looking to enrol in training, Skills can help. Just hit the relevant button below to find all the information you need to get started.

*if you an experienced rigger, you may want to consider achieving this qualification through the recognition of prior learning. Click here for more information.