Pulp & Paper

Employers

We can provide training plans, support and qualifications - tailored to your businesses specific needs.

What do we offer?

We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

What's changing?

New Zealand Certificates are replacing National Certificates. The industry and New Zealand Qualifications Authority will recognise all New Zealand and National Certificates as valid, relevant qualifications. Our Competenz account managers will work with companies and learners to help learners complete the appropriate qualifications.

The main changes

  • The content from the former Level 2 National Certificate is now part of the level 3 New Zealand Certificate.
  • The level 3 New Zealand Certificate is now the entry point for new employees.
  • All the strands (options) are now in the level 4 New Zealand Certificate. These strands cover both wet end and dry end in the production process.
  • There are no changes to unit standards, except levels and credits.

How has the industry been involved?

Members of the industry have recommended the structure and content of the new qualifications.

How will the industry move to the New Zealand Certificates?

The New Zealand Certificates are now available for learners to study towards. They will replace the National Certificates over the next few years.

If learners...

Then...

Are part way through a National Certificate

Our Competenz account managers will review learners’ progress and confirm the appropriate way forward for each learner.

Have not yet started their qualification 

They will enrol in the New Zealand Certificate.

Have completed  a National Certificate 

They will not need to enrol in the new qualification. The industry continues to recognise National Certificates as valid, relevant qualifications.

Our Competenz account managers will work with companies and learners to help them understand what they need to do to complete the appropriate qualification.

  • Pulp and paper handbook

    New Zealand Certificates

    The programme handbook summarises the New Zealand Certificates and how to work towards them.

    Download (pdf, 1 MB)

Qualifications available

Credits
70 credits

Duration
12 months

About this qualification
This qualification provides the pulp and paper industry with people who have the skills and knowledge needed to work in entry level operational roles under limited supervision. Graduates will gain introductory knowledge of pulp and paper processes, relevant environmental issues, health and safety requirements, and quality systems.

All learners must complete a set of core skills.

Who this qualification is intended for
New entrants to the pulp and paper industry.

NZQA qualification overview

Credits
120

Duration:
24 months

About this qualification
This qualification provides the pulp and paper industry with people who have the advanced skills and knowledge needed to operate safely and efficiently the plant and equipment used in pulp and paper manufacturing. Graduates will be able to work without supervision or under broad guidance.

The qualification is stranded to recognise the specialist skills and knowledge needed to work in specific areas of the industry. These are the four strands:
• Mechanical pulping
• Dry end
• Wet end
• Pulp and paper forming.

Graduates will understand the science and technology behind manufacturing processes used to make pulp and paper. They will be able to:
• apply their knowledge of processes to improve productivity and quality
• control plant and equipment safely and efficiently in their specialist area.

Learners must complete a set of core skills plus some elective skills.

Who this qualification is intended for
Employees who have already mastered entry level skills and knowledge.

NZQA qualification overview