Beauty Qualifications – Additional NZQF4s

The proposed suite of qualifications for the Beauty Sector in New Zealand will be submitted to NZQA for ‘Approval to List’ this month (February 2016).  The Governance Group responsible for overseeing the mandated Targeted Review of Qualifications for the Beauty Sector (Beauty TRoQ) is made up of representative stakeholders from PTEs, ITPs, employers, and HITO.  The Governance Group would like to thank all of you who have contributed to the qualification review and development processes.  This includes members of the Working Groups and their networks, as well as those who have provided feedback and input over the last three years.

In December 2015/January 2016, you had the opportunity to comment on the proposed submission drafts of the qualifications.  The Governance Group (GG) met on 27 January to consider and respond to the feedback received.  The following is a summary of the GG’s responses to your feedback.

Consultation Process

The TRoQ process was undertaken in two stages: qualification review and qualification development.

At the beginning of the qualification review stage, stakeholders were invited to respond to a survey regarding the training and graduate needs within the sector.  The results of this survey helped to inform the qualification structure, and were part of the evidence of need provided to NZQA.

Also at the start of the qualification review stage, stakeholders were invited to attend an establishment meeting, where representatives from PTEs, ITPs, employers, and HITO were voted in to membership of the overarching Governance Group and the individual Working Groups.  This structure remained in place during both stages of the TRoQ.

A dedicated Beauty TRoQ website was established and used to propagate updates during qualification review and development stages.  Updates regarding the TRoQ were also provided via Facebook and industry publications.

After receiving NZQA’s approval to develop the proposed qualifications, the representative stakeholders were involved in a series of Governance Group (GG) and Working Group (WG) meetings and follow up email correspondence to consider and develop the suite of Beauty Services qualifications (Stage 2).

The format of each meeting was to consider the latest qualification draft documents, and to minute the agreed changes.  After each meeting, subsequent working drafts were developed based on the minutes and these were then emailed to GG/WG members for confirmation and/or comment.  GG and WG members sought feedback via consultation with their representative networks at each stage.  Other stakeholders who had provided input in to the qualification development were also contacted by GG and/or WG members during this phase.  This iterative process was repeated for each meeting until submission drafts were agreed.

Credit values

The GG and WGs have carefully considered credit values for all qualifications.  Credit values have been determined by considering the content of the graduate profile outcomes (GPOs) within each qualification.

Credit value for the New Zealand Cert in Nail Technology (Level 4)

Industry and Working Group feedback consistently stated that this qualification includes more content than in previous qualifications/programmes. The aim is to have graduates with more skills and knowledge than those currently required within the National Certificate in Nail Technology, so that they are able to work to a higher standard within industry. By achieving the graduate profile outcomes (GPOs) graduates will have problem-solving skills and practical competence expected by industry. UCOL’s GG member stakeholder confirms that their current programme of 27 weeks would not be at all sufficient to cover the content of the proposed qualification.

120 credits falls within the equivalent credit value range of nail qualifications from other countries, e.g.

  • Australia – nail qualification of 400 hours (40 credits)
  • South Africa – 3 qualifications with comparable content totalling around 1.5 years study (including a small business section) (180 credits)
  • Hong Kong and Japan – no separate nail qualification: learners have to do the full Beauty Therapy qualification.

There are other options (e.g. Training Schemes) for providers that only wish to offer a short course in Nail Technology.

Credit values, content, and pathways for the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) and the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5) (120 credits each)

There is no duplication between these two separate qualifications.  Level 5 is a discrete qualification with a different set of graduate profile outcomes (GPOs) and expectations.  At level 5, graduates are expected to display higher levels of self-management, have competence to manage small business practice, and be able to undertake advanced beauty services that are the next step up from (and not included in) the level 4 qualification.  The expected levels of employment for graduates in industry are different.

Throughout the qualification review and development processes, the GG has surveyed industry and WG members have liaised with their networks.  As a result, the Working Group was clear about the skills that should be included at each level.  The GG has considered all feedback and is confident that the proposed qualification structure best meets the national needs for the beauty sector.

The New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) and the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5) should include also include ‘Spa’

During the first stage of the review, the Governance Group became aware through industry and Working Group feedback that there was too much separate ‘Spa’ content required to support combining the qualifications. The proposal to combine spa and beauty therapy does not meet the national need.

It is possible to follow a pathway from the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) to the New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapy (Level 5).  Providers could consider a combined programme leading to both qualifications.

Requested additional detail in the ‘Conditions’ sections of some qualifications

Requested additional content can be dealt with, and included if desired, during programme development.  NZQA would not support the inclusion of additional detail in the conditions section.

Transition dates for replaced national qualifications

The transition dates have been extended.  The last date for entry into programmes leading to the replaced national qualifications is now 31 December 2018.

Wording in the ‘Qualification award’ section of the qualifications

NZQA has updated this wording.  It now reads ‘This qualification can be awarded by any education organisation which has an approved programme of study or industry training programme leading to the qualification.’

Apprenticeships

The possibility of apprenticeships was not a consideration when making decisions regarding these qualifications. The availability or otherwise of apprenticeships for particular qualifications is outside the scope of this qualification review. The Governance Group has no jurisdiction over the rules for apprenticeships.

Specific feedback relating to individual qualifications

New Zealand Cert in Makeup and Skincare (Level 3)

  • Page 5, Section 4, Replace the word ‘old’ with ‘mature: Actioned

New Zealand Cert in Makeup Artistry (Level 4), with an optional strand in face casting

  • Page 2 GPO, and Page 6, face casting and ear casting are different: GPO wording amended. Conditions wording amended.
  • Question the inclusion of face casting: it is an optional strand.

New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4)

  • No recognition by the the NZ Association of Registered Beauty Therapists: Outside the scope of this qualification development process. (However, Judy West – GG member and President of the NZ Association of Registered Beauty Therapists – advises that once the qualifications are listed, the association will re-look at recognition options.)
  • No flexibility for students who don’t want to do body aspects: The body aspect included is only fundamental body massage, which is considered part of the range of beauty services expected of graduates at this level.

New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5)

  • Why is vacuum suction included?: Vacuum suction has been removed, along with any mention of specific machines.

New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapy (Level 5)

  • Graduates of the NZ Diploma of Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5) should be able to pathway directly into the New Zealand Certificate in Spa Therapy (Level 5): The Beauty TRoQ is for the development of a pathway of qualifications for the beauty sector, not the massage sector.  The entry requirements for the NZ Certificate in Spa Therapy (Level 5) state that ‘the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4), or equivalent, is the prerequisite for this qualification’. It is a matter for programme developers/providers to determine any credit transfer or RPL arrangements for learners.
  • Why is the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5) the required prerequisite?: It isn’t. The New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4) (or equivalent) is the prerequisite qualification.

New Zealand Certificate in Specialised Epilation Therapy (Level 6)

  • Employment pathways should also include: Laser technician, Laser clinic owner, Laser Clinic Manager: Actioned
  • Query the prerequisite qualification, in relation to e.g. nurses and physios wanting to enter programmes.: The entry requirements for the New Zealand Certificate in Specialised Epilation Therapy (Level 6) state that ‘the New Zealand Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Level 5), or equivalent, is the prerequisite for this qualification’. It is a matter for programme developers/providers to determine any alternative entry arrangements for learners.