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National qualifications

The benefits of national qualifications

Training on-the-job to nationally recognised qualifications, like the New Zealand Certificates and National Certificates Competenz offers, benefits everyone involved:

  • As an employer you can be confident that the skills your employees are gaining meet industry standards. 
  • Your employees can be confident that they’re gaining skills that are recognised across their industry.

Why are there two sets of national qualifications?

New Zealand Certificates are replacing National Certificates over the next two years. We’ve worked closely with experts in our industries to review and update the National Certificates to ensure they meet changing needs. The New Zealand Certificates, which we are rolling out through 2015 and 2016, are the result.

The government and our industries will continue to recognise the National Certificates as valid, relevant qualifications.

How are the qualifications nationally recognised?

New Zealand Certificates and National Certificates are listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. A government agency, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), manages these qualifications on behalf of New Zealand industries.