Forestry qualification development project 2024

The Forestry qualifications development project continues in 2024. This year, we are working on qualifications, standards and micro-credentials in particular areas of Forestry – Harvesting, Silviculture and Forestry Earthworks.

Project Plan Key Dates – 2024

  • February – Expressions of interest sent for industry and provider representation for Level 3 and 4 working groups.
  • 26 February – 8 March – National roadshows.
  • March – Develop Level 3 and 4 qualifications, micro-credentials, and skill standards; develop Level 6 qualification and standards.
  • May – Submit Level 6 qualification and standards to NZQA.
  • June – Submit Level 3 and 4 qualifications, micro-credentials, and skill standards to NZQA.

Read more about the project here: Forestry qualifications development project Forestry qualifications development project


How you can have your say:


We are holding roadshows across the country to:

  • build partnerships with key forestry stakeholders, wood councils and other organisations.
  • provide an opportunity for open discussions and questions about the project.
  • form working groups for the project.
Date/Time Region/Location
Monday 26 February South Island – Christchurch
Wednesday 28 February South Island – Nelson
Friday 1 March South Island – Dunedin
Monday 4 March North Island – Whangarei
Tuesday 5 March North Island – Rotorua
Wednesday 6 March North Island – Gisborne

Register your attendance here: Forestry roadshows


Advisory Groups

There will be four different types of advisory groups, each related to specific Forestry groups – Harvesting, Silviculture and Forestry Earthworks.

Steering Group – provides overview and guidance to the qualification and technical advisory groups.

Qualification Advisory Group – provides overview and guidance towards qualification development.

Technical Advisory Group – provides subject matter knowledge and advice on qualifications and standards and micro-credentials.

Provider Advisory Group – provides feedback and guidance from a programming perspective.

Register your interest in joining our advisory group(s): Forestry advisory groups

Read more about what being part of an advisory group means: Forestry Stakeholder Engagement Outline


Provide feedback on learner needs

Your input will guide skill standard development, ensuring a well-equipped workforce for future challenges and opportunities.

Even if you cannot attend a roadshow or joining an advisory group you can still provide your feedback. Use the link to outline skills and knowledge for success in your industry.

Have your say: Learner needs feedback