NZ cleaning qualifications review

Careerforce announces impending review of cleaning qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualification Framework.

Careerforce, the industry training organisation (ITO) for the health, wellbeing and cleaning sectors, has announced an impending review of cleaning qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF).

Careerforce is the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) appointed qualification developer for the cleaning sector and is also the government appointed body that sets skills standards and facilitates the achievement of NZQA qualifications for the sector.

The review will ensure necessary amendments are made to qualifications to reflect emerging trends, and changes happening across the cleaning industry. It will also check to ensure qualifications continue to reflect industry requirements and to identify if there is ongoing support from the sector for the qualifications under review.

While the timetable has yet to be finalised, the review of cleaning qualifications will commence over the coming months. Careerforce will be working closely with individuals, interest groups, sector representatives, tertiary education organisations and employers to gather feedback.  This is expected to be via a combination of online consultation and face to face meetings.

Qualifications to be reviewed include the New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning (Level 2) with optional endorsement in Health Care Facilities Cleaning and the New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning (Level 3) with optional strands in Specialist Cleaning and Supervision.

According to Rod Bentham, general manager learning solutions at Careerforce, the review of cleaning qualifications is a significant component of the qualifications pathway review for Careerforce.

“Feedback from the cleaning sector is absolutely essential to ensure that the qualifications remain fit for purpose.  We strongly urge people in the industry to participate in this review and are keen to receive expressions of interest.”

The review will consider the qualification details, specifications and conditions to ensure they reflect the skills, knowledge and application expected to be demonstrated as graduate outcomes.

Careerforce programmes that lead to the awarding of qualifications are not part of the review.

Careerforce will undertake information gathering, collation of all feedback and submission of recommended changes to NZQA. NZQA will then analyse the recommendations resulting from the review.

More information will be released shortly. Anyone wishing to participate in the review can register their interest by contacting Careerforce via email

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