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 info@verticalhorizons.co.nz

Or

Skills on 0508 SKILLS (0508 754 557) or email at support@skills.org.nz

Mapping a New Programme with Massey

Mapping a New Programme with Massey

With the new legislative regime for Financial Services coming into effect in 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.

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.

COVID Update: Trades Based Block Courses

Trades based block courses and updates due to COVID-19

Trades based block courses and impacts due to COVID-19

Once again, we see ourselves heading into Alert Levels to combat the new cases of COVID-19 in our community.

We want to keep you informed on what is happening with your scheduled block courses and classes and how this will affect you. Below is a summary of the latest information that we have received from training providers about the impact on courses. Training providers are also issuing updates on their websites including information on their efforts to keep all learners and staff safe.

Please note: This is a live web page and information will be updated as we are made aware of it.

Here’s what our providers have told us

Note: This page is best viewed on a desktop computer or laptop.

 

Date info added Who updated Industry Provider Where Course name Start date (week) What’s happening with the course
28-Feb Lindy PGD ICE Auckland Module 3 – Week 2 1-Mar ICE will notify affected trainees, employers and hosts directly,  as soon as new dates are finalised
28-Feb Lindy PGD ICE Auckland Week 12 1-Mar ICE will notify affected trainees, employers and hosts directly,  as soon as new dates are finalised
28-Feb Lindy PGD MIT Auckland Drainlaying BC4 RP- MIT 1-Mar Rescheduled. Working on arrangements to provide alternative delivery/dates
28-Feb Lindy PGD MIT Auckland P&G Week 12 Block Course-MIT 1-Mar Rescheduled. Working on arrangements to provide alternative delivery/dates
28-Feb Lindy PGD MIT Auckland PGD F Block Course (NZC)-MIT 1-Mar Rescheduled. Working on arrangements to provide alternative delivery/dates
28-Feb Lindy PGD MIT Auckland PGD Module 8-MIT 1-Mar Rescheduled. Working on arrangements to provide alternative delivery/dates
28-Feb Lindy Roofing VHNZ Auckland AL-G7-A  1-Mar New Date 29-March 2021
28-Feb Lindy Roofing VHNZ Auckland WI-G3/G4-1-B  1-Mar New Date 29-March 2021
28-Feb Lindy Scaff TPP Auckland VA4  1-Mar Rescheduled. Working on arrangements to provide alternative delivery/dates
28-Feb Lindy Scaff VHNZ Auckland FA1  1-Mar New Date 24-May 2021
28-Feb Lindy Scaff TPP New Plymouth ENP2 1-Mar May be resheduled due to high risk tutor 
28-Feb Lindy Scaff TPP New Plymouth ENP2 1-Mar Going ahead as scheduled
28-Feb Lindy Electrical MIT/ETCO/Unitec Auckland 1-Mar Providers will notify affected trainees, employers and hosts directly,  as soon as new dates are finalised

What next?

Please keep checking our website regularly as it will be updated with the latest information.  In the meantime, if you have any issues or questions about your apprenticeship please talk to your Account Manager or contact us on 0508 SKILLS (0508 754 557).