Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training

Last updated 20 May 2021
Last updated 20 May 2021

How is vocational education and training defined?

Vocational education and training (VET) provision is:

  • All Industry Training Fund funded provision - including Levels 1 and 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NZQF).
  • Student Achievement Component funded eligible study at certificate and diploma Levels 3-7 (non-degree).
    • Excludes provider-based provision at levels 1 and 2, and degree and above study at Levels 7 and above on the NZQF.
  • Learning delivered, supported, and arranged by transitional Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), Te Pūkenga, wānanga, private training establishments and universities that meet the above definition.

Technical definition for VET provision reported via the Single Data Return (SDR)

Vocational education and training provision is a SAC3+ eligible enrolment that meets the following criteria:

  • Is eligible for funding under SAC 3+
  • Has a funding source of
    • 01 - SAC funding Level 3 and above
    • 29 - Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Level 3 and 4
  • Is associated with a qualification that has an NZQF level from 3 to 7
  • The qualification does not have a qualification award category code (QACC) of:
    • 20 - Bachelors
    • 25 - Certificate of Proficiency (student enrolled in course that can be credited to a degree)
    • 21 - Graduate Diploma / Graduate Certificate
    • 90 - Certificate of Personal Interest (XXCPI) / Professional Development programmes of study (eg: teacher)
    • 97 - Programmes of study taught under contract (PCCONT / XXCONT)
    • 99 - Community Education programmes of study at Public Tertiary Education Institutions
  • It can be associated with a qualification of any NZSCED value or have any course NZSCED value.

For more information on industry training funding rates, see Industry Training Fund.

For more information on expansion for VET provision of Equity Funding, see Equity funding for 2022 page.