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.

ROVE governance roles in progress

ROVE governance roles in progress

New Workforce Development Councils formally established

On May 13th, the six Orders in Council to establish the new Workforce Development Councils were published to the New Zealand Gazette. The Orders will come into effect in 28 days’ time, around the 11th of June.

The Minister advises they received feedback from 214 respondents which were used to inform the drafting of the Orders. Over the coming weeks Government will release key documents related to the Orders in Council process. They advise the RoVE team is now working to confirm people into governance roles in the WDCs and will complete this before the end of June.

Te Pūkenga to offer face-to-face updates in June

Te Pukenga planning visits

Face-to-face updates coming in June

Te Pūkenga is planning to conduct a series of face-to-face updates in June. Also known as the New Zealand Insitute of Skills and Technology, Te Pūkenga is a public network of regionally accessible vocational education which brings together the 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs).

The upcoming visits will provide an opportunity for Te Pūkenga to connect directly with the network and community and hear feedback on our collective progress to reform New Zealand’s vocational education system.

Executive Leadership Team members will be part of these discussions, which will be focused on providing an update on the development of the operating model alongside progress with other transformation programmes and Te Pūkenga activity.

The visits will begin on Thursday, 10 June with most regions visited over the following three weeks. Each hui will include a main session (approx. 2.5 hours long) and will include opportunities for attendees to provide feedback and ask questions. All sessions will be open to anyone who would like to attend.

In some locations there will be specific updates and sessions on areas such as Academic Regulations and a direct update for local employers; further details on this will be provided soon.

Two online sessions and a recording from an early session will be made available on the Te Pūkenga website for those who can’t attend the in-person visits.

Consultation on Supervision of Trainees to close 14 May

Consultation on Supervision of Trainees closing soon

1 April 2021 – 14 May 2021

Currently, the terms and conditions require that Certifying Practitioners who supervise Trainees holding Limited Certificates must ensure that the Trainee works in their direct presence, or that of another nominated person during the first 12 months that they hold a Limited Certificate.

The Board is proposing to remove this requirement from the terms and conditions applying to Certifying Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers. This means that direct presence supervision would no longer be required during the first 12 months that a Trainee holds a Limited Certificate.

Instead, it would be up to the Certifying Practitioner to decide what level of control and direction is required depending on what task the Trainee is being asked to do.

The Board wants to hear the views of the industry before deciding whether to proceed with this proposal.


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 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.