First Micro-credential Launched at NorthTec

8 October 2019

First Micro-credential Launched at NorthTec

Image: Michelle Panov from Northland DHB (left) and Victoria Munro, Nursing lecturer at NorthTec (right)

NorthTec is proud to have launched its first micro-credential in collaboration with the Northland District Health Board (Northland DHB) to meet the demand in the healthcare industry.

The Assessing Professional Competency for Health Professionals is designed for qualified and registered health professionals with the skills and ability to assess competency in practice.

This micro-credential is delivered online, with one study day in industry with 50 hours of learning across 16 weeks. Successful completion of the micro-credential will be recognised on the student’s record of learning from NZQA. It is designed for learners to start at any time when they are ready, with no intake dates.

Blended delivery supports the potential for the micro-credential to be provided to other regions in New Zealand and, in the future, to be developed to extend to other professional bodies depending on demand.

NorthTec collaborated with the Northland DHB to recognise the demand for this NZQA qualification. Nursing tutor, Victoria Munro, says this is a great example of NorthTec meeting the needs of industry.

“We are currently working with industry and exploring the potential to develop further micro-credentials.  Micro-credential qualifications will enable a person to gain a qualification in an easy-to manage way which benefits not only the person but also industry by meeting a specified demand.”

Michelle Panov, Nurse Coordinator for Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP), says this course will provide the assessment skills to ensure PDRP assessments undertaken within the industry are consistent, valid and reliable.

“Previously there have been barriers of availability to develop these skills. I have been working alongside NorthTec to develop this course by providing the understanding of the healthcare workforce.

“NorthTec has been very receptive to feedback and supportive of the needs of the health workforce. It has been a productive and positive collaboration. It is great that we can collaborate and develop more micro-credentials relative to the demand in the industry.”

Micro-credentials are much shorter courses than traditional programmes, typically running for just a few weeks. They can be created with flexible learning options to make them suitable to fit study around work or family commitments.

 

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