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Mandatory Review of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Qualifications at levels 1-6
Stakeholder feedback on the draft qualifications consultation, 25 September – 16 October 2013, generally supported the draft qualifications, and supported them to be developed. We thank all that took the time to consider the draft qualifications and provide feedback.
The Steering Group considered this feedback at their 7 November meeting. There were a number of concerns raised, and some of these have been addressed and some have been held over as they were more appropriately considered in the next stage of development. All submissions were considered in detail by the project team and Steering Group.
As a result of the feedback, some changes were made to the qualifications before the proposed suite was finalised for the 'application for approval to develop' stage of the review process. A summary (PDF, 168KB) of Steering Group response to the key issues raised in the feedback includes changes to the titles of five qualifications, and a number of other issues.
The proposed suite of draft ICT qualifications was submitted to NZQA Quality Assurance Division for ‘approval to develop a qualification’ on 14 November 2013.
The updated needs analysis (PDF, 3.5MB), submitted in support of the application for approval to develop the proposed computing and IT qualifications, includes the addition of a summary of strategic need (Part A).
In the application for approval to develop, the Steering Group proposed the following suite of 14 new computing and IT qualifications – six certificates and eight diplomas.
Once approved for development, further work will be undertaken in stage two of the review process, with a particular focus on refining the draft qualifications and including specifications and conditions relating to the qualifications and graduate profile outcomes.
Thank you for your continuing support and involvement in the Mandatory Review of ICT qualifications. There will be additional opportunities for stakeholders to be involved and to provide feedback and suggest any changes that they think are required in the next stages of the review.
Stakeholder attestation forms (NZQF2)
As part of the review documentation requirements, stakeholders were asked to complete a form, NZQF2: Involvement in pre-development stage - stakeholder attestation, and return it to us as soon as possible, preferably by 11 November 2013. If you have not already completed the form, we ask you to do so as soon as possible, as it is important to demonstrate evidence of wide consultation.
The NZQF2 form is evidence that we have consulted with a wide range of stakeholders during the review process. You may have contributed to the review in any of the ways mentioned, such as being involved in work groups, confirming need for the qualifications, providing feedback to consultations etc; and/or in other ways, such as keeping track of what we are doing and approving what is being suggested without necessarily telling us. This could be by receiving emails and/or by monitoring the review webpage.
You don't need a separate form for each qualification in the proposed ICT suite - you can just mention 'proposed ICT qualifications suite' or the title of just those you engaged with or are most relevant to your input as a stakeholder.
The completion of these forms assists us to meet the review obligations, and those received accompanied the draft suite of ICT qualifications that were submitted for 'approval to develop' on 14 November 2013. We will now submit any further forms as they are received.
Information has been sent to existing qualification owners about the completion of an additional form - NZQF6: Outcomes of a Qualification Review - Changing the status of current qualifications. If you are a qualification owner and haven't received the message, please let us know as soon as possible.
The NZQF6 form asks all current owners to assess their existing qualifications in light of the new proposed qualifications, and to confirm an intention to accept the proposed new suite of qualifications as replacement(s) for existing qualifications (not immediately, but once they go through the approval to develop phase and the subsequent further refinement and development before listing as new qualifications; and appropriate transition arrangements have been put in place).
A copy of the current ICT qualifications on the review schedule is available for your convenience.
You may wish to consult the mandatory review guidelines around listing qualifications on the NZQF as background to this request.
Completed forms may be emailed to the email@example.com.
Review documents - quick links
Forms and Scope
- Review scope: List of ICT quals in review (XLSX, 31KB)
- NZQF2: Stakeholder attestation (involvement in ICT quals review) (DOC, 50KB)
- NZQF6: Change of status of current quals (ICT qual owners) (DOC, 45KB)
- Steering Group Meeting minutes: 18 July 2013 (PDF, 705KB), 11 June 2013 (PDF, 706KB), 22 May 2013 (PDF, 133KB), 9 April 2013 (PDF, 381KB)
- Steering Group Terms of reference (PDF, 196KB)
- Current draft ICT qualifications consultation (until 16 October) - consultation document (PDF, 581KB); draft qualifications (PDF, 1003KB); link to survey; summary of feedback (PDF, 168KB)
- Proposed ICT qualifications landscape (closed 12 July)
- Industry survey - job roles
- Providers survey - summary of feedback (closed May) (PDF, 568KB)
- Qualifications review project plan (PDF, 967KB)
- Needs analysis (PDF, 3.5MB)
- Working Group Brief (PDF, 880KB)
Background to the review, including Progress to date, Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement, Working Groups, Needs Analysis, Governance - Steering Group Membership can be accessed here.
Contact for the review
Updates will be posted on this website. If you wish to receive email updates, and/or make contact regarding the ICT review, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow this link http://eepurl.com/vkiFv and sign up to be included in future communications about the review. We welcome questions, ideas, contributions towards the needs analysis, and expressions of interests in being involved.
Paul Matthews is the contact at IITP and Diana Garrett is the contact at NQS.