Muka Tangata launched the review of the suite of Forestry qualifications in May 2023, beginning with a call for expressions of interest to industry and vocational education to participate in the review.
The review will result in a fit for purpose, flexible, and future-proof suite of qualifications for the Forest industry to ensure ākonga (learners) are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to succeed. It will streamline qualifications and standards creating greater learning opportunities and pathways for ākonga.
As part of the review, we are looking to understand what the pathways for career development in Forestry look like and to ensure that qualifications are aligned with these.
The Forestry review includes the entire suite of Forestry qualifications (levels 2–6), including the development of micro-credentials in leadership (level 5). View the current Forestry qualifications: Forestry.
Muka Tangata will be leading the consultation, design, and development of the Forestry educational components (qualifications, standards and micro-credentials), working alongside all partners (industry, iwi and Māori, and providers) across our regions to provide an equitable and extensive view. Muka Tangata will apply the principles of their report, A New Approach to Learner Pathways during this review.
May 2023 – Expressions of Interest sent for industry and provider representation.
July – Forestry wānanga in Rotorua including provider, industry and iwi Māori representation: Forestry Qualifications Review Wānanga – Muka Tangata
August – Form Steering and Working groups; begin consultation phase based on wānanga output.
September – Develop Level 2 qualification, micro-credentials, and skill standards.
October – Develop Level 3 qualification, micro-credentials, and skill standards; develop Level 6 Diploma.
November – Submit Level 2 and 3 qualifications, micro-credentials, and skill standards to NZQA.
November – Develop Level 4 qualifications, micro-credentials, and skill standards.
November – Develop three stackable micro-credentials that will contribute to the Level 4 qualification.
December – NZQA publish Level 2 and 3 qualifications, micro-credentials, and skill standards.
January 2024 – Submit Level 4 qualifications, micro-credentials, and skill standards to NZQA.
27 October 2023 – Forestry Leadership Level 5 qualification approved by NZQA and will be listed on the New Zealand Qualifications and Credentials Framework in December 2023.
9 November 2023 – New Zealand Certificate in Forest Industry Foundation Skills (Level 2) and New Zealand Certificate in Forest Industry Foundations Skills with strands in Harvesting, Silviculture and Earthworks (Level 2) approved by NZQA.
13 November 2023 – Log scaling micro-credential approved by NZQA.
We have set the conditions for the development of a New Zealand Apprenticeship in Forest Silviculture Operations by Te Pūkenga.
Muka Tangata has now set the conditions for the development of a New Zealand Apprenticeship (NZA) in Forest Silviculture Operations (Level 4) by Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL). Any programmes or NZA which lead to Forestry qualifications are required to be reviewed by Muka Tangata for endorsement prior to submission to New Zealand Qualifications Authority. The development of learning and assessment resources would also be the responsibility of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning (WBL), with Muka Tangata responsible for pre-assessment moderation for all assessments.
To make this apprenticeship opportunity possible, we undertook consultation with forestry partners to discuss the necessary changes required to the Level 4 Forestry qualification – 2330 New Zealand Certificate in Forest Industry Operations (Planning and Monitoring) – Silviculture Strand to support technological advancements in the industry.
We have identified, proposed, and worked with forestry Subject Matter Experts (SME) to review Unit Standard 1224 Use prescription maps for forestry operations (Level 3, 5 credits), the unit standard directly impacted by technological advancements, and it was determined that an increase to a Level 4, 10 credits standard was necessary. The increase is supported by the addition of two new Graduate Profile Outcomes (GPO) that reflect changes and challenges of electronic prescription mapping in forestry. In turn, a change of the qualification credit value from 55 to 60 credits was warranted.
Muka Tangata will provide support to Te Pūkenga WBL on this work, but all aspects of resource development, including timeframes or input from SME, are outside the remit of the WDC.
We have revised three forestry line retrieval unit standards as part of ongoing efforts to improve health, safety and wellbeing in the industry.
We have revised three forestry line retrieval unit standards, to ensure line retrieval activities are appropriately taught and assessed in forestry workplace training. Approval for the changes was granted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) on 19 October 2022. The new versions of the unit standards were published on the NZQA website in November 2022.
Following recommendations from an inquest by the Coroner into a fatality in a cable yarding operation in 2016, we convened a working group of industry experts, including representatives from Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa – Worksafe NZ. The group made recommendations to ensure line retrieval activities were appropriately taught and assessed in forestry workplace training.
These changes to forestry unit standards are designed to support ongoing efforts to improve health, safety and wellbeing in the industry.
The amended units are:
31 October 2022: Muka Tangata received NZQA Outcome Letter that the application was granted.
16 September 2022: Muka Tangata submitted unit standards to NZQA for evaluation.
19 August 2022: Forestry Industry Contractors Assosciation (FICA) sent recommendations and final unit standards to Muka Tangata.
10 August 2022: Working group sent amended unit standards for wider industry feedback.
4 August 2022: Working group reviewed recommendations, considered several unit standards for amendment, narrowed focus to three unit standards and made the relevant unit standards for wider consultation.
26 July 2022: Muka Tangata met with Worksafe (Mark Preece, Engagement Lead) to discuss Coroner’s recommendations and establish a group of industry experts.