The Targeted Reviews of Qualifications (TRoQs) have been mandated by NZQA and aim to reduce the duplication and proliferation of qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, making educational and career pathways clearer to learners, employers, industry and other stakeholders. The key outcome is a suite of New Zealand Certificates that are fit-for-purpose reflecting industry's current and future education and training needs.
A workforce development approach is applied to qualification development. It considers the roles and functions of people in the industry and the key skills required to perform those functions. These are articulated through the graduate outcome statements in the new qualifications that are developed as result of the TRoQ. It is important to note that current qualifications (including National Certificates) will expire and be replaced by New Zealand Certificates.
Each TRoQ is formally started (‘triggered') by NZQA and comprises two broad stages. Stage 1 is to determine industry's strategic competency needs (i.e. the skills and knowledge a person requires to be fully competent to fulfil a specific occupation), review the existing suite of national and local qualifications and propose new qualifications. The output of Stage 1 is an application to NZQA to develop the proposed qualifications and takes approximately six months to complete.
Stage 2 involves developing the new qualifications following approval from NZQA. The outcome of Stage 2 is successful registration of the qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. This process is estimated to take six months.
MITO is significantly involved in leading, facilitating and contributing to TRoQs. Our 2013 TRoQ work programme comprises 11 TRoQs all at various stages.