Reform of Vocational Education

In 2020, the government implemented reforms of the vocational education sector to create a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education system that is fit for the future of work and delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive. The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) includes seven key changes.

NZQA has recently completed consultation on options for simplifying the vocational qualifications system. Further information can be found on the consultation resources page


The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is the custodian of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and is responsible for ensuring that New Zealand qualifications are trusted and serve the needs of learners and industry.

NZQA is working to simplify the design of vocational qualifications. This work includes a re-design of the structure and components of vocational qualifications to enable seamless transition for learners between workplace, online and in-class study. At the same time, this work supports the needs of industry by enhancing the consistency of graduate skills and knowledge and enhancing the portability of qualifications across different regions and employers.

NZQA is also supporting TEC in the establishment of Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) and Te Pūkenga (the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology). The disestablishment of Transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs) is an important part of this work. NZQA is focussing on enabling a smooth transfer of qualifications, programmes and standards between TITOs, WDCs and Te Pūkenga so any impact on learners or industry is minimised.

The introduction of WDCs and Te Pūkenga into the qualifications system also means that NZQA will need to review its approach to quality assurance, to ensure it fully supports the intent of RoVE and any changes made by NZQA to vocational qualifications. 


Guidelines for the transition of TITO programmes to PTEs

With the pending disestablishment of Transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs) by the end of 2022, their functions must be transferred elsewhere. In recent times, TITOs have been arranging training and maintaining oversight of work-based trainees. However, in the short term, some PTEs will be considered, alongside other providers, to take on responsibility for trainees in apprenticeships and in the workplace.

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide information to PTEs and TITOs on the NZQA approval process and requirements for the transition of TITO programmes to PTEs.

Guidelines for the transition of TITO programmes to PTEs (PDF, 293KB)

These guidelines should be read alongside TEC advice on the transition of TITO programmes to PTEs which can be found on the TEC website.

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