Nzqa Qualifications For Bicycle Mechanics Now Available

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Thu 17/Jun/10 8:43am

New Zealand now has two official New Zealand Qualifications Authority approved Bicycle Mechanic qualifications.
1. The Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics Level 3 (Service Technician)
2. The Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics Level 4 (Bike Mechanic)
The two qualifications were developed by Adventure Education (AE) and the Bicycle Industry Association of NZ (BIANZ) to provide a ‘trade certificate’ equivalent for New Zealand and to establish a national training standard, comparable to Australia and the UK, for the bicycle mechanic trade.
Recently, the two qualifications were given the stamp of approval from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and were granted access to Students Loan & Allowances from the Tertiary Education Commission. Adventure Education will now work with industry to begin offering the two qualifications throughout NZ.
The journey to this point started in 2008, when the Bicycle Industry Association of New Zealand (BIANZ) asked Adventure Education Ltd to help them create something that the Bicycle Industry sorely needed: NZQA approved qualifications for New Zealand’s Bicycle Mechanics and the development of career pathways into the industry leading to qualified bicycle mechanics.
BIANZ is the national organisation for retailers, importers and distributors, and is involved in the raising of retail and technical standards in the cycle trade.
Adventure Education Ltd is a Private Training Establishment (PTE) registered and accredited with the New Zealand Qualification Authority and has experience in developing industry training and qualifications for a number of industries.
Each stakeholder in the industry has something to gain from the new qualification, in addition to the fact that growth and development in the industry means growth for all businesses.
For BIANZ, where their mission is to set the national standards and grow and evolve the Bicycle Industry, this development is an essential step in that evolution.

Nigel Welch, BIANZ Executive Chairman said,
"We have been working with Adventure Education and industry experts over the last few years to develop technical standards for these two NZQA approved qualifications. The Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics has BIANZ endorsement. It will be our trade certificate and will help establish this specialist occupation as a trade in its own right."
For Bicycle Wholesalers and Distributors, they have the opportunity to showcase their brands through manufacturer requirements and input into the courses.
For Bicycle Retailers with specialist workshops, they will be able to hire Bicycle Mechanics confident they have the qualifications, provide opportunity for existing mechanics to gain the qualifications, and finally give their staff and business the recognition they deserve by having the bicycle mechanic trade recognised as a trade in its own right.
The Bicycle Mechanics themselves benefit from having their qualification recognised in NZ and abroad, providing the evidence and record of their professional skills and experience, and the confidence that comes with an approved NZQA qualification.
Students who successfully complete the Level 3 programme will then move on the level 4 bicycle mechanic training or be encouraged to pathway into the retail and sales sector of a bicycle retail outlet with a specialised workshop and continue their training with their employer and the Retail Institute.
Stephen Strawbridge, Training & Development Manager for Adventure Education Ltd said:
“Even though this qualification is a New Zealand first, we didn’t have to reinvent the wheel. We spent time researching and discussing with the global leaders in bicycle mechanic training: From the UK; Association of Cycle Traders and their brand Cytech. From the United States; Barnett Bicycle Institute. From Australia; Bicycle Training Australia and the Retail Cycle Traders Australia. From NZ; BIANZ & Retail Institute and the unit standards they developed.
We ensured we included all of the core outcomes within each of the international qualifications and incorporated those components into our qualification.
Our aim was to develop qualifications that, when required, could be recognised in any Trans-Tasman agreement, be able to have course credit transferred to the UK qualifications and be recognised with the USA, and have the flexibility within our programmes of study to include the context and manufacture requirements of the component brands offered with in NZ.”
Those trainees who have successfully completed the Modern Apprenticeship training through the Retail Institute can have all of the NZQA credits already included in the Certificate in Bicycle Mechanics Level 3 transferred.
The programmes will be delivered by businesses within in the Bicycle Industry on behalf of Adventure Education. These businesses will become accredited trainers and will be able to provide training and assessment for the two qualifications. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have been identified as the likely locations where training centres will be established.

The level 3 & 4 qualifications were approved to offer programmes through both face to face, full time courses with learning placements within real workplace conditions, and/or through distance learning and block courses. (22 & 18 weeks respectively).
Adventure Education will also develop a network of Assessors within workplaces to support those looking to complete their training through distance learning and block course modules. The aim is to provide 70% of the training practically and 30% theory.
Student loans and allowances will be available for all eligible students.
Prospective students and businesses within the bicycle industry can visit the official website www.BikeMechanic.co.nz to find detailed programme information and read the extended published article for this release.
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Re: Nzqa Qualifications For Bicycle Mechanics Now Available

Postby glanesp on Wed 23/Nov/11 9:27pm

Do you already have years of bike mechanic knowledge, experience and skills? If so, we can fast-track you through the Level 4 Certificate.
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