Keep projects on track, in time and within budget.


If you’re looking to grow the hands-on management capability in your teams, a qualification in project management can really help get you where you need to be. The training received will help to ensure that you (and/or your staff) have the ‘know how’ and skills to run projects successfully from start to finish, on time, and within budget.

The way your business runs projects can be the difference between being a successful, highly respected company or one with a bad reputation. Having the right people with the right training can help drive growth in your business, enhance leadership effectiveness, improve resource management and increase efficiency. Equipping your project managers with formal training will allow them to hit the ground running and get the results you need.

Our project management training will see your staff benefit from having the skills and tools to make their everyday work lives easier and more enjoyable. They will also open up their career in terms of leadership opportunities and gain highly transferable skills (which is also great for your organisation).

For people working in the trades, project management training can make a huge difference to your business - particularly with regards to increased efficiency. You’ll learn how to keep jobs running on budget, on time, while maintaining the kind of high standards that produce quality work. Trained Project Managers possess the skill sets that will enable you to win projects, manage risks, and employ professional techniques for getting the best out of relationships with contractors and project stakeholders.

Keep your business on track with project managers who can keep momentum going, your staff motivated, keep budgets in line and get the results you need.

The benefits of project management training to your business include:
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    Improved contract and procurement techniques to a project

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    Better stakeholder engagement and management of client expectations

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    Better cost, time and quality management

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    Improved leadership capabilities

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    Better error identification and reduction

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    Improved capturing and sharing of information

Partnering with Skills

Building high performing teams is what it’s all about. Skills partners with organisations to create programmes that recognise their needs, fill gaps in skill sets and meet their industry requirements and timelines.

We can work with you to review your current practices (including induction, in-house, on-the-job and external training programmes) to map where your training systems and national requirements overlap. Once this is established we can help to align your current training programmes with the national standards, so you or your team can achieve formal recognition for their training and knowledge.
Customised Training Programmes
Skills can work with your organisation to adapt our qualifications to suit your individual needs. Just give us a call and we’ll walk you through your options.
Project Management qualifications  

Project Management qualifications

Having staff who can manage projects to keep them on time, to budget and within in scope is vital to business success. Get the training you need to grow your business.

How it all works
Here’s the most commonly asked questions on what makes up a training programme and how these programmes work.
  • How does training with Skills work?

    We work with businesses like yours to map out and identify where there are weaknesses in skill sets, and how training can be used strengthen them. Our account managers will then work with you to select the right training programmes (and if required, customise them) to suit your needs.

    Once a programme is chosen our team helps you to set up and embed the training programmes in your organisation, so that they work seamlessly with the daily activities of your staff, and with minimal disruption.

    Skills training programmes and course materials are developed in consultation with industry representatives to ensure they drive consistent performance and growth in your organisation.

  • How do staff get their certificates?

    When your staff complete their training, Skills will submit the evidence of their competencies to NZQA so that they can be awarded their national certificate.

    This evidence of competencies can be gathered from assessments, observing normal day-to-day work and from verification by team leaders and managers.

  • How do assessments work?

    Trainees are assessed towards the end of their training to make sure they’ve gained the key knowledge/competencies they need to meet the nationally recognised standards.

    Assessments can be carried out in the workplace by trained and registered workplace assessors, or through accredited training providers. Skills can assist with sourcing registered assessors or in training up your internal staff so that they can carry out the assessments in-house.

  • What are alignments and how do they work?

    If your company already has internal training that is of a really high standard, you could look into doing an alignment. An alignment involves making a few changes to the way your training is carried out, so that staff who do your internal training receive a nationally recognised certificate.

    Skills account managers will map out your training and everyday work and compare it to the competencies needed to gain a national qualification. They will then recommend tweaks and inclusions you can make to your training so that staff can get the formal recognition they deserve. 

  • What support is available once we’ve signed up?

    The support from Skills doesn’t just stop once your company is setup with a training programme or aligned to a national standard. We offer a wide range of resources, tools and dedicated staff to advise and support you on a continuing basis. 

  • What are the benefits of training staff to national standards?

    Helping your staff to receive national recognition for the skills and training they do in their everyday work is something that pays for itself in no time at all. Here’s why:

    • It ensures consistency in training, so that regardless of the trainer, your staff are learning the key information they need to succeed in their roles.
    • It ensures consistency in performance as everyone receives the same level of training and ends up with a similar level of expert knowledge.
    • It reduces error rates and re-work, which saves your business money and protects your brand name.
    • It reduces staff turnover rates as staff feel more valued and are more engaged. Lower turnover rates protect organisational knowledge and reduce recruitment and training costs. It also helps to boost morale and improve company culture. 
  • What are the differences between unit standards, credits, qualifications and certificates?

    Nationally recognised qualifications are made up by a number of unit standards, which are set at different levels. The level of the unit standard indicates its degree of difficulty. This allows people entering into a qualification to start at a lower level, with easier to achieve unit standards, and work their way up to the higher levels as their knowledge grows with training.

    When a trainee completes a unit standard, they earn credits for that particular unit. Once all the required credits have been achieved for that qualification, the trainee will be awarded either a National Certificate or a New Zealand Certificate.

    Note: NZQA has reviewed its qualification systems and decided to update it to meet changing industry and technology needs. As a result the old National Certificates are being phased out and replaced with New Zealand Certificates which are the updated versions of the old qualifications.


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