Three staff from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have been talking to staff and students at the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITTI) this week as part of a compliance check, external evaluation and review of their courses.
CITTI director Owen Lewis said the organisation became registered as an NZQA private training establishment in July last year and the review is being done as part of their first year of operation.
CITTI offers NZQA qualifications in a range of subjects, from plumbing and gas fitting through to food safety and electrical engineering.
Lewis said by offering NZQA-approved courses they are able to offer Cook Island students with qualifications which are recognised in both New Zealand and Australia.
It also means they are working to New Zealand standards, he said.
And NZQA’s Warren Lewthwaite, Anna Castelle and Mania Maniapoto-Ngaia were impressed with what they saw at CITTI.
“We have seen people who are passionate and have a desire to meet local needs,” said Lewthwaite.
He said they also noticed the way CITTI has been able to turn people’s skills into recognised credentials.
The NZQA review of CITTI will be made publically available in about two months. NZQA is the governing body on qualifications in New Zealand.