National qualifications

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New Zealand and National qualifications


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

  • You can be confident you’re gaining skills that employers value. 
  • Employers can be confident that the skills you are gaining meet industry standards.

Why are there two sets of qualifications?

New Zealand Certificates are replacing National Certificates over the next two years. We’ve worked closely with our industries to review and update the current 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.

Why 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.