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Qualification Development Projects

In-progress projects

Muka Tangata is working to develop two new irrigation micro-credentials for the irrigation industry.

Through our engagement with Irrigation NZ we’ve identified the need for credentials that recognise people with skills in commissioning and verification of full water pipe measurement systems.

The proposed Level 5 micro-credentials would make up part of the accreditation for Irrigation NZ’s Blue Tick.

Proposed micro-credentials will provide recognition of the skills and knowledge in:

  • Full Pipe Water Measurement System Commission
  • Full Pipe Water Measurement System Verification

Blue Tick is a water measurement accreditation programme, set up by Irrigation NZ around 2013, to give accreditation to companies that work in the water measurement space. The programme is used by most regional councils to help them ensure consent holders have access to quality providers to undertake water metering requirements under the Resource Management (Measurement and Reporting of Water Takes) Regulations (2010).

The number of ākonga (learners) in this area of study has been increasing over the past 3 years as a result of regulatory requirements. The development of these micro-credentials will support the growth of these numbers as the need for accredited workers increases.

We’re calling for expressions of interest from those in the industry to be involved in developing these irrigation micro-credentials to ensure they meet the needs of all ākonga (learners) and align with current and future industry requirements. Consultation will begin Tuesday 31 October, but we are accepting submissions ongoing. Complete the expressions of interest form here.

Upcoming projects

Completed projects

Industry identified qualification gaps for spreading fertiliser. We worked with Groundspread NZ, and alongside Hanga-Aro-Rau which has responsibility for other parts of the fertiliser sub-industries, to identify primary sector skills/fertiliser unit standards to build micro-credentials.


25 July 2023: Initial micro-credential development hui with industry, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Ministry for Primary Industries

10 August: Second (final) development meeting

18 August: Submission of micro-credential to NZQA

4 September: Unit standard eequest for information received

25 September: Unit standard outcome letter received

26 September: Micro-credential Request For Information received

28 September: Associated unit standards approved and listed on the Directory of Assessment and Skill Standards

25 October: Micro-credential outcome letter received

October 2023: Nutrient application micro-credential approved by NZQA and listed on the New Zealand Qualifications and Credentials Framework

Completed milestones:

The nutrient application micro-credential has been approved by NZQA and has been listed on the New Zealand Qualifications and Credentials Framework.

The nutrient application micro-credential, developed in collaboration with Groundspread NZ, provides a further opportunity for industry professionals to have their skills recognised, and also enables those entering the industry to have a clear pathway to acquire the skills they need in order to succeed.

Read: Spreading success with new micro-credentials for the fertiliser application industry