Review of Composites qualification


National Certificate in Composites (Level 4) [Ref: 0121]


The NZ Marine Industry Training Organisation has completed the review of the qualification listed above.


Date new version published                                                             October 2010


The next qualification review is planned to take place during 2016.


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 4 qualifications.


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


Main changes resulting from the review


A number of standards from the Boatbuilding domain replaced standards from the Engineering Core Skills domain because they are more suitable for purpose.  Some standards were transferred between the compulsory and elective sections to provide flexibility and relevance for all candidates.  Some recently developed and reviewed standards were added.  Some standards were removed because they were no longer fit for purpose.  The Balance section was replaced by Elective B.


National Certificate in Composites (Level 4) [Ref: 0121]


Review category


See Key to Qualification Review Categories at the end of report


Changes to structure and content

·         The Elective was renamed Elective A, which covers technical competencies, and the Balance was replaced by Elective B, which covers quality, communication and planning competencies.

·         Standards 2395, 2396, 2824, 4432, 4433, 4434, 6402, 9184, and 15848 were removed from the Compulsory section.

·         Standards 2364, 2722, 2723, 2727, 2731, 3180, and 4795 were removed from the Elective section.

·         Standard 2397 and 3193 were moved from the Compulsory to the Elective sections.

·         Standards 3162, 3173, 3182, 3183, and 3192 were moved from the Elective to the Compulsory section.

·         Standards 3181, 6400, 18158, 18159, 19504, 23036, 23244, 23254, 25118, 26559, and 26560 were added to the Compulsory section.

·         Standards 11788, 18160, 23049, and 26563 were added to Elective A.

·         Standards 1296, 1304, 1307, 1312, 8085, 8087, 9681, 9694, 9705, 11097, 26561, and 26562 were added to Elective B.




People working towards versions 3 or 4 of this qualification may either complete the requirements of those versions by December 2012 or transfer their results to version 5.


This qualification contains NZ Marine ITO standards that replace previously used Competenz standards.  People who have gained credit for the standards listed are exempt from the requirement to gain credit for the replacement standards - see table below.


Credit for

Exempt from








The above arrangements have been designed to provide a smooth transition between versions.  However, anyone who feels they have been disadvantaged may appeal to the NZ Marine Industry Training Limited at the address given below.


NZ Marine 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