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December 6th, 2012

TRoQ update on all sectors

Over the next two years, Competenz will be reviewing all qualifications for our sectors – a process called the Targeted Review of Qualifications (TRoQ), which is already underway. The TRoQ was initiated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to reduce the duplication of qualifications at Levels 1-6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework – making the system easier for employers and learners to understand. Here is an update of where each TRoQ is: Baking The new baking qualifications have now been approved by NZQA and have been registered on the NZQA framework. They will be published on the NZQA website sometime during December for all to see. They are as follows: New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Level 3) New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4) New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Level 4) with strands in Biscuit and Cake, Bread, Gluten Free, Pastry, and Plant New Zealand Diploma in Baking (Level 5) New Zealand Certificate in Craft Baking (Level 5) with strands in Biscuit and Cake, Bread, Gluten Free, Pastry, and Plant New Zealand Certificate in Plant Baking (Level 5) with strands in Biscuit and Cake, Bread, Gluten Free, Pastry, and Plant The next step is now to review all the units that sit within each baking qualification. A process to transition from the current to the new training plans is underway, but all current qualifications are still up-to-date. As part of the launch of the new qualifications there will be a transition plan to align the current qualifications with the new qualifications. Fire Protection The Fire Protection TRoQ was triggered in April 2012. The review has now been completed and an application was recently submitted to NZQA for approval to develop nine new qualifications. It is expected detailed design work on the new qualifications will commence early next year. Competenz will be working with the Fire Protection Association of New Zealand to establish a number of Technical Interest Groups to develop the qualification specifications. We are hoping to submit to NZQA the approvals to list the qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework by August 2013. Food & Beverage Manufacturing The Food & Beverage Manufacturing TRoQ is due to start in Quarter 2, 2013. Manufacturing Competenz, along with the Plastics and Materials Processing Industry Training Organisation (Pampito) and the Motor Industry Training Organisation (Mito), has just submitted the proposed new manufacturing qualifications to NZQA for pre-approval. It is expected NZQA will approve the qualifications for further development and/or suggest changes within 1-3 months’ time. Maritime The proposed new maritime qualifications have been submitted to NZQA for approval to develop further. Mechanical Engineering The TROQ for Mechanical Engineering is not due to start until April 2013. However, over the past two months Competenz staff have held pre-review meetings and consulted with over 70 employers and industry associations in the Mechanical Engineering sector to inform of the upcoming changes to qualifications. The next step is to appoint a Governance Group to oversee the review, and this also requires finding technical experts to lead each specialist strand within Mechanical Engineering, such as welding and fabrication. The pre-review meetings were successful in getting people to go away and start the ball rolling to find someone to represent their local area, but we are still interested to hear from anybody who wants to have a say in shaping the future of the Mechanical Engineering qualifications. Rail We expect to submit the Rail Qualifications for approval to develop in late December. Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning TRoQ was triggered in July 2011. The review has now been completed and approval to develop four new qualifications has been granted by NZQA. Detailed design work is currently underway and we are hoping to submit to NZQA the approvals to list the qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework by May 2013.