24 February 2012
Certificate in Quality Assurance now available through Open Polytechnic
The Open Polytechnic has opened enrolments for New Zealand’s only qualification focussed on quality assurance.
Delivered by distance learning, the Certificate in Quality Assurance is offered in association with the New Zealand Organisation for Quality (NZOQ).
Aimed at people already responsible for delivering quality in the workplace, or who are interested in a career in quality assurance, the certificate is an industry relevant and NZQA accredited qualification.
“The Open Polytechnic is really excited about offering this qualification as we believe there is a high level of employer support for quality assurance across all industries,” says Open Polytechnic Chief Executive Dr Caroline Seelig.
The certificate is designed to be combined with work experience in quality management and provides a component for registration as a Certified Quality Practitioner or Certified Quality Manager offered by NZOQ.
Students who complete the Certificate in Quality Assurance will acquire a broad understanding of quality management and gain a wide range of skills that can be practically applied to management of quality within the workplace.
“This certificate will give graduates the opportunity to enhance their professional opportunities in quality management in a variety of industries. It also offers a platform towards professional recognition in the field,” says Dr. Seelig.
Comprising of six 15 credit courses, the certificate covers quality management, quality improvement, variation, implementing quality, quality systems, and maintaining quality. After completion of the course, learners will understand important quality assurance guiding principles and have the expert knowledge needed to advance in their career.
NZOQ, which is working with the Open Polytechnic to deliver the qualification, has provided leadership in the adoption of the principles of quality management and best practice in New Zealand for over 30 years.
The Open Polytechnic is a major educator of New Zealand’s workforce and one of the largest Polytechnics in the country. New Zealand’s specialist provider of open and distance learning, the Open Polytechnic offers a wide range of courses and programmes on a national basis.
Enrolments are now open for the first course. To find out more, or to enrol, go to www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz/qualityassurance.