Naturopathic College of New Zealand Achieves Category 1 Ranking from NZQA
A Category 1 ranking from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has firmly cemented NCNZ’s place as the country’s preeminent provider of natural health training.
NZQA’s highest seal of approval, Category 1 confirms that the Authority is ‘Highly Confident’ in both the providers’ educational performance and its self-assessment processes. And as the only natural health provider in the country to have achieved this status, General Manager Tony Boyce and his team couldn’t be more delighted.
“I feel incredibly proud of this endorsement as it recognises the work we are doing and the changes we have made over the past three or four years to increase the quality of our materials and our outputs,” says Tony.
“This ranking shows we are providing current and relevant training that meets market needs. Not only does it validate our programmes, the quality of our teaching, our assessments and the level of student support we provide, but it also validates our connection to te ao Māori, the amazing support we have from industry, and our outstanding educational outcomes.”
It is top-shelf recognition that will assure the 500-600 students who enrol in NCNZ each year that they’ll be gaining high quality qualifications from a best-in-class provider.
But a Category 1 ranking is not all that sets NCNZ apart. With programmes delivered primarily via distance learning, students can study whenever it suits them, regardless of where in New Zealand they live. As well as bringing big benefits to the students themselves, it means that skills can be developed in communities that haven’t previously had natural health practitioners. And with a range of online programmes available – from Career Preparation for Health Sciences Level 4 through to the Advanced Diploma in Health Science Level 7 – the pathways and opportunities for success in the field of natural medicine are vast.
And according to Tony, they’ll only keep getting better.
“NCNZ is currently developing initiatives with key industry associations including the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (NZAMH), the Clinical Nutrition Association (CNA), and Natural Health Practitioners (NHP). By expanding our footprint with the sector, we are not just creating exciting new pathways for students, but we are also supporting and strengthening the natural health industry in New Zealand.”