Your Feedback Needed on Targeted Review of Qualifications

  Posted on 5th July 2014 by Loralee Hyde in UFBA News

Your Feedback Needed on Targeted Review of Qualifications

The Targeted Review of Qualifications is part of the industry training review which began in 2008 to ensure qualifications are useful and relevant to learners, employers, and other stakeholders. The review is the result of a proliferation of qualifications on the NQF (National Qualifications Framework), many of which were considered not relevant and their status unclear.

The review and development of emergency management qualifications is being led by EMQUAL. Their role is to ensure qualifications reflect the needs of the sector. This is a consultative process in which industry is reviewing the packaging and scaffolding of skills into qualifications from levels one to six.

One of the significant reasons for standardising qualifications is to support inter-operability across emergency response agencies, so that incident management is improved through better understanding of skill expectations and effective tasking. Meaningful qualifications are a means of recognising a level of competency which is then maintained, refreshed and developed.

NZFS are currently reviewing their role and engagement with the process to better understand the nature and scope of how qualifications reflect the training needs of both the volunteer and career workforce. As a result, there is now an opportunity to confirm the current process and consider the strengths and weaknesses of alternative options.

The options

1) Status Quo

Supporting the EMQUAL-led review. This is a NZQA quality, assured process involving representation from across the sector exploring synergies between roles and responsibilities in order to define effective learning pathways which include pre-course, practical and post-course learning. Qualifications also reflect rank-based skill needs.

2) No external qualifications

Skills would be defined largely by rank, i.e. programme based and led by NZFS national training. This could include some unit standards but would not include unit standards-based qualifications which would limit the transferability between disciplines (including trades and other skill-based vocations).

3) Internationally recognised qualifications

This approach may suit some disciplines better than others, and would require a redevelopment of moderation and assessment processes to fit the local context.

4) A combination of elements

This is open to interpretation and could include unit standards, rank-based programmes and some international recognised qualifications e.g. USAR


Send Us Your Feedback

The new qualifications include a graduate profile which describes the skills, knowledge and application of skills.  Draft qualifications, including graduate profiles are available at  other useful background information is available at

Your feedback is encouraged. If you have any ideas, thoughts, or questions please email or Judith Stanley at Please send your feedback as soon as possible.

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