AMAP for New Zealand Horticulture Industry Training Organisation [Ref: 0032]
Review of Horticulture AMAP
The New Zealand Horticulture Industry Training Organisation (NZHITO) has completed the review of the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) above.
Date new version published May 2010
The next AMAP review is planned to take place during 2015.
Summary of review and consultation process
The NZHITO AMAP has been reviewed to:
The consultation process involved:
Compliance with new requirements
Accreditation requirements will apply with effect from June 2010. Technology requirements need to be implemented by July 2010.
Moderation system requirements will apply with effect from June 2010.
Accredited organisations will be expected to be able to demonstrate compliance with AMAP requirements from December 2010 onwards.
Main changes resulting from the review
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION (AI)
Standard Setting Body involvement in accreditation process
Evidence of support requirements has been added. Applicant organisations should submit their accreditation application to NZQA with evidence of support from NZHITO.
Visit waiver conditions
· Accredited organisations need to demonstrate that they are meeting existing moderation and accreditation requirements before an extension to their accreditation will be supported.
Industry or sector-specific requirements for accreditation
· Requirement added that applicant organisations seeking extension to existing accreditation must be able to demonstrate they are meeting current moderation and accreditation requirements, and justify why the extension is being sought.
· Criterion 1 - requirements added for applicant organisations to have policies and procedures that ensure: regular stakeholder and industry consultation; career pathways and linkages to higher level programmes are specified. Requirements were also added for organisations intending to deliver teaching programmes leading to the award of the National Certificate in Horticulture (Advanced) (Level 4) with strands [Ref: 1015].
· Criterion 2 - requirement added for applicant organisations to have access to current industry technologies for students to use, to ensure students don't enter the workforce with skill and knowledge deficits with regard to industry change. Requirements were also added for organisations intending to deliver teaching programmes leading to the award of the National Certificate in Horticulture (Advanced) (Level 4) with strands [Ref: 1015].
· Criterion 3 - specific qualification and experience requirements have been updated for the Viticulture domain and added for the Arboriculture domain. Requirement added for applicant organisations to employ a subject expert for programme and curriculum development, to ensure that curriculum development is well informed.
· Criterion 4 - requirement added for applicant organisations to be signatories to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students is to align with Ministry of Education requirements.
· Criterion 6 - requirement added for accredited organisations to ensure that off-site placements do not unfairly disadvantage learners. The obligations of each party must be clearly identified, and resolution processes must be specified.
· Criterion 7 - requirements added to ensure any self-developed assessment material has been moderated prior to use.
MODERATION INFORMATION (MI)
The moderation system has been updated to:
· provide for the NZHITO to conduct visits and interviews for a sample of accredited organisations assessing against practical unit standards at level 3 and above, each year;
· include criteria used to select unit standards for moderation.
Appeals process updated to indicate that where these cannot be resolved by the NZHITO National Moderator, appeals will be considered by the Deputy CEO (whose decision is final and binding on all parties). This change reflects the role of the Deputy CEO who has significant responsibility for academic issues.