School FAQs

I want to use some of your unit standards with my students but the school doesn’t have accreditation to assess them.  What do I have to do?

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to view Consent to Assess Process.

I want to use some Level 3 and 4 units with my outdoor education students?

You need to access our AMAP 0099 (CMR) and ascertain whether you or any other staff who will be assessing these units have the appropriate skills and qualifications to assess these units.

How do I find AMAP 0099 or CMR 0099?

There are two ways you can do this.  The first way is to follow our website by clicking here.  The second way is to access the NZQA website and in the search box enter a unit standard id which you are intending to seek accreditation for.  The subsequent window allows you to open both the unit standard and/or the AMAP/CMR.  Scroll past the unit standard id to find the AMAP link to download.

What qualifications do I need in order to assess tramping, caving, canoeing-kayaking, mountain craft, or rock climbing unit standards at Level 3 or above.  

The assessors need to be able to provide evidence of current competency to ensure safety is managed to a standard that reflects current industry practice.

We have heard that it is difficult for the school to gain accreditation for some Level 4 units.  Is this correct?  

It would be unusual for Skills Active to provide a letter of support to a school for Level 4 and above units because the units are too high a level for school students and are written for people employed in the workplace.

How long will it take for our school to get accredited once the application is sent in to Skills Active?

This depends on the level of the application and whether you have submitted sufficient evidence.  If the school is applying for Levels 1 and 2 only, a Letter of Support will be sent to you within three weeks, whereas a levels 3 and above application can take up to 6 weeks.  The school then needs to apply to NZQA and send in our letter with this application.  NZQA could take up to 3 months to update your school’s accreditation scope.

If your application involves unit standards at Level 3 and above, the documentation will need to be analysed by Skills Active and a report will be generated.  AMAP/CMR 0099 stipulates a site visit for Level 3 and above and this will need to be arranged, therefore the Skills Active process could take up to 3 months.

How much does extending our school’s accreditation cost?

Skills Active makes no charge for Level 1 and 2 applications.  Where documentation analysis is involved, there is a flat fee of $225.00.  When a site visit is required, the school will be charged actual and reasonable expenses for travel and time taken to carry out the site visit and write up the site visit report.

I can’t find any assessment material on your website for unit standard xxx?

Skills Active now offers its resources for schools to purchase through our resource catalogue. To download a copy of the resource catalogue please click here.