Review of Composites qualification


National Certificate in Composites (Level 3) [Ref: 1157]


The Boating Industry Training Organisation (BITO) has completed the review of the qualification listed above.


Date new versions published                                                          July 2010


The next qualification review is planned to take place during 2015.


Summary of review and consultation process


This qualification was reviewed to align it with current industry practice and requirements and also to create better pathways between the Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications.


The review advisory group included employers who take part in training and workplace observation, and BITO assessors.  The group considered the suitability of the standards in the qualification.  Additional stakeholders were consulted via email.


Main changes resulting from the review


Some of the standards in the Engineering Core Skills domain were replaced by standards in the Boatbuilding domain because they are more fit for purpose.  Some standards were transferred between the compulsory and elective sections to provide flexibility and relevance for all candidates.  Some standards were removed because they were no longer fit for purpose.


National Certificate in Composites (Level 3) [Ref: 1157]


Review category


See Key to Qualification Review Categories at the end of report


Changes to structure and content:

·      The credit total of the qualification increased from 79 to 97.

·      Standards 497, 2395, 2396, 2824, 4432, 4433, and 15848 were removed from the Compulsory section.

·      Standard 3169 was moved from the Compulsory section to the Elective section.

·      Standards 414, 2364, 2727, 2731, 3172, 3173, 3174, 3180, 3193, 3196, 3198, 9184, 20597, 20613, and 20917 were removed from the Elective section.

·      Standards 3162, 3183, 3190, 3192, and 3271 were moved from the Elective section to the Compulsory section.

·      Standards 4249, 9677, 18158, 18159, 19504, and 23244 were added to the Compulsory section.

·      Standards 3181, 11788, 18160, and 23049 were added to the Elective section.




People working towards versions 1 or 2 of this qualification may either complete the requirements of that version by December 2012 or transfer their results to this version of the qualification.


The above arrangements have been designed to provide a smooth transition between versions.  However, anyone who feels they have been disadvantaged may appeal to:


Boating Industry Training Organisation

PO Box 90448

Victoria Street West

Auckland 1142


Telephone       09 360 0056



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