Training scheme exemptions

Training schemes are exempt from requiring NZQA approval if they are less than three months in duration and meet the following criteria:

  1. Training schemes that are recreational in nature
  2. Corporate training, but not including corporate training schemes designed for the purpose of meeting regulatory requirements for occupational registration, occupational licensing, or health and safety in the workplace
  3. Training schemes of less than a credit value of 10 credits, but not including training schemes designed for the purpose of meeting regulatory requirements for occupational registration, occupational licensing, or health and safety in the workplace.

The criteria are defined as follows:

Type Definition
'Recreational in nature' The training scheme is for the pursuit of recreation, pleasure or leisure (including in the nature of a hobby), and the skills gained are not designed to lead to further or higher study, or entry into employment.
'Corporate training' Study or training arranged for personnel of one or more organisations, where the study or training is paid for by the organisations, and it is not open for participation by the general public.
'Credit value' The measurement of time spent on study or training, where each credit represents 10 notional learning hours.

The Exempt Training Schemes Notice, published on 8 November 2012, is available for download from New Zealand Gazette Online.

Institutions may still wish to apply for training scheme approval (for example, to maintain registration or for funding purposes).

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