Solid Wood Manufacturing


Review of Sawmilling qualification


New Zealand Certificate in Sawmilling (Level 4) [Ref: 2409]


Competenz has reviewed the qualification listed above.


Date published                                                                                     November 2017


The next qualification review is planned to take place during 2022.


Reason for the review


Industry feedback on these qualifications highlighted three issues:

  1. GPO 3 has been interpreted as requiring candidates to operate a headrig, effectively blocking most learners from completing the qualification.
  2. There was a strong preference for the qualification to allow for a sawmilling apprenticeship, to sit alongside those in finger jointing, saw doctoring, and timber machining.
  3. This qualification should be available to headrig operators and to operators of the saw systems downstream from the headrig.


Summary of review and consultation process


Suggestions for developing the qualification have come from both industry and specialist training providers. The proposed change has been discussed with a cross section of industry representatives and training providers and signed off at a Solid Wood Sector Advisory Group meeting.


Main changes resulting from the review


The credit value of the qualification has been increased from 80 to 120 credits, to allow the creation of programmes for a sawmilling apprenticeship. A new review date has been set.


New Zealand Certificate in Sawmilling (Level 4) [Ref: 2409]


Review category


See Key to Qualification Review Categories at the end of report




The last date of assessment for programmes leading to version 1 of this qualification is 31 December 2019. 


It is anticipated that no existing candidates will be disadvantaged by these transition arrangements. However, anyone who feels that they have been disadvantaged may appeal to Competenz at the address below. Appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.



PO Box 9005,


Auckland 1149.


Telephone     0800 526 1800


Key to Qualification Review Categories


Category A

The qualification is published as a new version with the same NZQF 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 NZQF 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 NZQF 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