What is a certificate and what are the different levels of certificate qualifications?
A certificate is an undergraduate qualification and comes in many different shapes and sizes. Certificates range from Level 1 on the Qualifications Framework to Level 6. There’s also a Graduate Certificate at Level 7 and at Postgraduate, Level 8, there is a Postgraduate Certificate. Certificates are typically shorter in duration and can usually be completed within one year of study.
NCEA, tertiary qualifications, and the qualifications framework
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is the authority that approves secondary and tertiary qualifications. NZQA is responsible for placing them at the appropriate level on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).
The secondary school qualification “National Certificate of Educational Achievement” (NCEA) is on the NZQF. NCEA qualifications range from Level 1 to 3.
What are Micro-credentials? Are micro-credentials qualifications?
Micro-credentials are Government-recognised credentials, but they’re not a formal qualification. Micro-credentials are a new way of validating learning, and are also known as digital badges, nano-degrees or nano-credentials. These credentials have been created as a way to recognise skills and learning in a particular area that employers are searching for (typically for skills in high-demand and short-supply), such as repairing electric vehicle batteries.
Find micro-credentials here.