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Industry has identified qualification gaps for spreading fertiliser. We are working 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. 

Key Steps:

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

Latest progress and next steps:

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.