APPRENTICESHIP: New Zealand Certificate in Facility Operations (Level 4)

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Who is this apprenticeship for?   

This apprenticeship is for people who contribute to the smooth operation of active recreation facilities, places and spaces.

Facility staff care for, maintain and operate sport and recreation spaces so that people from all walks of life can come along and get involved.

Responsible, efficient and friendly by nature, they understand the benefits of physical activity for wellbeing, and are passionate about welcoming their community to the facility, and making sure everyone gets the most out of their time there.

This qualification will be delivered and assessed on-the-job in a workplace within the sport and recreation industry.

Graduates of this qualification will be ready to operate, monitor and maintain facilities that are fit-for-purpose, and achieve a range of sport, recreation and social goals

What's involved?

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This 121-credit apprenticeship covers the following skills and knowledge:

Monitoring, operating and maintaining facility, equipment, resources and spaces to meet operational requirements, plans and processes

Monitoring facility to effectively manage hazards and risk, and ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation

Responding to the diverse needs of different groups, to break down barriers to using a facility or active recreation space

Delegating tasks in an ethical and professional manner

Taking responsibility for skill currency, by keeping up awareness of emerging technologies and trends, and taking part in ongoing professional development.

This apprenticeship will take up to 2 years to complete.

Programme structure

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The apprenticeship is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 29847 Demonstrate knowledge of a recreation workplace and its contribution to individuals and communities in New Zealand L3 5 credits
Unit standard 29848 Demonstrate knowledge of safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace L3 5 credits
Unit standard 29849 Demonstrate knowledge of professional practice in a recreation workplace L3 5 credits
Unit standard 29850 Operate professionally in a recreation workplace L3 15 credits
Unit standard 29851 Apply safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace L3 10 credits
Unit standard 15190 Develop and implement a work team plan L4 10 credits
Unit standard 25079 Demonstrate knowledge of recreation and sport in New Zealand, and the impact of trends and issues L4 12 credits
Unit standard 27515 Recommend acquisition of resources for an operation in an organisation L4 4 credits
Unit standard 31144 Demonstrate knowledge of legislation, policies, bylaws, codes of practice, and standards for the operation of a facility L4 5 credits
Unit standard 31145 Operate, maintain and recommend acquisition of, facility resources and spaces to meet the needs of users L4 15 credits
Unit standard 31146 Operate, maintain, and clean the plant and equipment of a facility L4 15 credits
Unit standard 31147 Maintain currency and professionalism in the recreation industry L4 5 credits
Unit standard 31244 Demonstrate knowledge of user groups and barriers to participation in a recreation facility L4 15 credits

What are the costs?

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On-job training costs workplaces both time and resources. It can mean covering registration fees, learning and assessment resources, allocating time for training, and having an appropriate assessment pathway available.  

Total costs for apprentices will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

Skills Active apprenticeships are zero-fees until the end of 2022, under the government's Targeted Training Fund.

To check out our fees list, click here. 

For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch. 

Where to from here?

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Keen to contribute to the operation a top-notch facility? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, contact your regional Skills Active learning support advisor.   

Remember, to do this apprenticeship on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a paid employee in the sport, recreation or performing arts industries.  

If you are interested in this qualification, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact your local sport and recreation facility, or a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.

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