FIELD                 CORE GENERIC


Review of Supported Learning qualification


National Certificate in Work and Community Skills [Ref: 0853]


The NZQA National Qualifications Services has completed the review of the qualification listed above.


Date new version published                                                             January 2010


Planned review date                                                                           December 2013


Summary of review and consultation process


This review was conducted as part of National Qualification Services scheduled review cycle.


This review was announced widely to stakeholder organisations, and included an invitation to take part in the review.  An expert panel was convened to conduct the review of the unit standards and qualification.  Panel members consisted of representation from Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, Secondary Schools, Private Training Establishments and the NZ Council of Trade Unions.  The review involved two panel meetings held in June and August of 2008.


Main changes resulting from the review


The qualification was restructured for greater focus on numeracy and communication skills.


National Certificate in Work and Community Skills (Supported Learning) [Ref: 0853]


Review category


See Key to Qualification Review Categories at the end of report


Changes to structure and content

·         Elective A was split into three electives, which cover numeracy skills, communication skills, and other skills from the Supported Learning - Work and Community Skills domain.

·         The Numeracy and Communication electives now specify particular standards from which to choose, rather than the Supported Learning - Work and Community Skills domain only.




People currently working towards version 2 may choose to complete that version or transfer their results to version 3.


The final date for entry into version 2 of this qualification is 31 December 2010.  The final date for assessments to take place for version 2 is 31 December 2012.


It is not intended that anyone be disadvantaged by this revision.  People who wish to seek advice or feel disadvantaged by these transition arrangements are advised to contact National Qualifications Services at the address below.


NZQA National Qualifications Services

PO Box 160

Wellington 6140


Telephone              04 463 3000




Key to Qualification Review Categories


Category A

The qualification is published as a new version with the same NQF ID

Changes are made to SSB name, contact details or purpose statement

No change is made to title, rules or components of the qualification

No transition arrangements are required

Category B

The qualification is published as a new version with the same NQF ID

Changes are made to title, rules or components

The new version of the qualification recognises a similar skill set to that recognised by the previous version

The SSB is confident that people awarded the new or previous version are comparable in terms of competence

Transition arrangements are required if candidates must gain additional/different credits for the new version

Category C

A new (replacement) qualification is published with new NQF ID

Significant changes are made to the qualification in terms of components, structure, type or level

The SSB views people with the replacement qualification as being significantly different in terms of competence from those with the replaced qualification

Transition arrangements are required

Transition may be limited to phase-out dates

Category D

Qualification will expire.

There is no replacement qualification

Qualification is no longer required by industry

The qualification is designated as expiring and a last date for meeting the qualification requirements is set