Micro-credentials in New Zealand's education and training system: a consultation paper

Appendix - Amending the Training Scheme Rules

See the Training Scheme Rules 2012

Rule 3 - Interpretation

Proposed change Insert a statement that micro-credential is a type of training scheme and the rules that apply for training scheme approval apply also to micro-credentials.
Reason for change This change would help ensure that TEOs are able to seek approval to provide micro-credentials as a type of training scheme.
Impact on TEOs TEOs that apply for approval would have to specify if they are seeking approval of training schemes or micro-credentials.

Rule 4 - Criteria for approval of training schemes

Current Rule - Criterion 6 Ongoing review and monitoring There is an effective process for the ongoing review of the training scheme (for the purposes of content and currency) and for monitoring the outcomes for students and stakeholders.
Proposed change Add a requirement to introduce a periodic review of the training scheme or micro-credential to maintain approval.
Reason for change This change would set out NZQA’s expectation that training schemes or micro-credentials continue to respond to ongoing need from stakeholders including industry and community.
Impact on TEOs TEOs would have to establish if the training scheme or micro-credential continues to serve its purpose and meet the needs of stakeholders including industry and community.

Rule 5.1 - Details to be provided in applications for training scheme approvals

Proposed change Insert new detail that applications for training scheme or micro-credential approvals must show evidence of relevant industry, community, and employer need.
Reason for change This change would set out NZQA’s expectation that training schemes or micro-credentials are supported and needed by industry, community, and employers.
Impact on TEOs TEOs would have to clearly establish the need for the training scheme or micro-credential for relevant industry, community, and employers and demonstrate support for the training scheme or micro-credential.

Rule 9 - Approval of applications for training scheme approval from institutions other than universities

Current Rule – 9.5 NZQA will publish on its website up to date and appropriate details of training schemes it has approved
Proposed change Add a statement that NZQA will also publish if the training scheme or micro-credential is current or discontinued.
Reason for change This change would provide information to learners on the training schemes or micro-credentials that continue to be relevant and are needed by industry, community and employers.
Impact on TEOs None.

Rule 11 - Requirements to be met to maintain approval

Current Rule Institutions holding training scheme approvals must continue to:

[Requirements are listed from (a) – (b)]

Proposed change Add a requirement specifying that training scheme approval holders must participate and cooperate in training scheme monitoring, when required by NZQA.
Reason for change NZQA may monitor training schemes periodically. The purpose of the proposed Rule change is to set out the expectations that institutions holding approval to provide a training scheme or micro-credential must participate and cooperate in monitoring.
Impact on TEOs TEOs would be expected to cooperate in monitoring if and when required.

 

Questions

Do you think that the proposed amendments to the Rules support the recognition of micro-credentials within the New Zealand education and training system? Please explain the reasons for your view.

Do you agree with the proposed amendments to the Rules? If you have any further comment, please specify the Rule(s) to which you refer.

 
 
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