Since April 2023, we have been working with industry to review the suite of Seafood qualifications to ensure that they meet industry needs. We are taking a new approach based on partnering with industry, iwi Māori and vocational education providers to review and develop qualifications, standards, micro-credentials, in parallel with the programmes to deliver them.
Having a fit for purpose, flexible, and future-proof suite of qualifications for the Seafood industry will ensure ākonga (learners) are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to succeed. This will be a review of the Seafood Processing, Commercial Fishing, and Aquaculture qualifications.
View initial review summary: Executive Summary
View the General Qualification Process and FAQs: Seafood qualification review information sheet
April 2023 – Expressions of Interest sent for industry, iwi Māori and vocational education provider representation.
May – June – Working and Steering groups are set up and meet online.
July – Seafood Qualification Review in-person hui held in Nelson.
August – September – New qualification suite structures socialised with Working and Steering group members.
October – Consultation document and draft qualifications structures are developed and published.
November – Qualifications and Micro credentials and priority skill standards due to be submitted to NZQA.
December 2023 – January 2024 – NZQA publishes qualifications and micro-credentials and priority skill standards.
February – April 2024 – Skill standard development to replace existing unit standards as necessary.
Latest progress and next steps: