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NZQA Assessed Micro-credentials

Introduction to Our New NZQA Assessed Micro-credentials

SCRATCHPAD is excited to announce the launch of a series of new NZQA assessed micro-credentials, meticulously designed for those passionate about coding and software development. These courses, ranging from Python to Java and C++, offer an in-depth exploration into various programming languages. Tailored for both beginners and experienced coders, our programmes are ideal for anyone looking to enhance their technical skills, prepare for a career in technology, or simply indulge in the world of coding.

SCRATCHPAD's Micro-credentials

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has evaluated the following courses (Micro-credentials) delivered by SCRATCHPAD and has assessed them for equivalency on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)

• Learn Python Programming
• Raspberry Pi Programming
• Learn SQL Programming
• 3D Designing using Tinkercad
• Learn Game Development with Android Apps Programming
• Database management system using Java
• Web Page Development using HTML and CSS
• System Development using C Programming
• System Development using C# Programming
• System Development using C++ Programming


Ready to advance your programming skills with our NZQA assessed micro-credentials? Enrol now and take the first step towards becoming a coding expert!


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    What is NZQA?

    The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is a government entity responsible for ensuring the quality of education and training in New Zealand. Its primary roles include overseeing the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), ensuring the consistency and credibility of secondary and post-secondary education, and accrediting institutions and qualifications.

    Key aspects of NZQA include:

    1. Quality Assurance: NZQA ensures that New Zealand’s qualifications maintain a high standard and are consistent across various institutions. This includes regular reviews and audits of educational providers.
    2. National and International Recognition: The qualifications accredited by NZQA are recognized both nationally in New Zealand and internationally, facilitating global opportunities for students.
    3. NZQF Oversight: The NZQF, managed by NZQA, is a comprehensive list of all quality-assured qualifications in New Zealand. This framework provides clear pathways for education and career progression.
    4. Examination and Assessment: NZQA administers national assessments for secondary school students, including the NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement), ensuring fair and reliable evaluation of student performance.
    5. Qualification Development and Approval: NZQA works with industry and education providers to develop and approve new qualifications, ensuring they meet current and future skill needs.


    NZQA plays a pivotal role in upholding the integrity and international reputation of New Zealand’s education system, making it a trusted and valuable entity in the global education landscape. Find out more about NZQA here.

    What are Micro-credentials?

    Micro-credentials are a modern educational innovation designed to provide learners with focused, specific knowledge or skills in a particular area. These are shorter than traditional degree programs and are often focused on practical, industry-relevant skills. Here’s an introduction to micro-credentials and their benefits:

    1. Focused Learning: Microcredentials concentrate on a specific topic or skill set, allowing learners to gain expertise in a particular area without the time commitment of a full degree program.
    2. Industry-Relevant Skills: They are often developed in collaboration with industry partners, ensuring that the skills and knowledge taught are directly applicable to current job markets.
    3. Flexible and Accessible: Microcredentials are typically offered online and have flexible learning schedules, making them accessible to a wider range of learners, including working professionals and those seeking to upskill.
    4. Credentialing and Certification: Upon completion, learners receive a certificate or digital badge, which can be used to demonstrate their competencies to employers or for career advancement.

    Benefits to Learners

    1. Skill Enhancement: Micro-credentials enable learners to acquire new skills or update existing ones in line with evolving industry demands.
    2. Career Advancement: By gaining specialized skills, individuals can enhance their resumes, potentially leading to better job opportunities and career growth.
    3. Lifelong Learning: They support the concept of lifelong learning, allowing individuals to continue their education at various stages of their careers and life.
    4. Recognition and Credibility: Accredited micro-credentials, like those assessed by bodies such as the NZQA, provide additional credibility, assuring employers of the quality of the education received.
    5. Personal and Professional Development: Beyond career benefits, micro-credentials offer personal enrichment, allowing individuals to explore areas of interest or passion in a structured, formal manner.

    Micro-credentials represent a flexible, practical, and credible way of learning, catering to the needs of a diverse range of learners and providing them with tangible benefits in terms of skill development, career progression, and personal growth.

    Find out more about NZQA Micro-credentials here.








    after school and weekend sessions


    Our sessions run daily after school and also every weekend. Enrol your kids today to give them the edge in coding, robotics, electronics and 3D design/printing.

    school holiday programmes


    SCRATCHPAD school holiday programmes are fun, creative and innovative where children learn creative technology in a safe environment.

    In school sessions


    We run sessions in various schools where our trained supervisors work alongside the school teachers in helping kids gain that edge in technology.

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    This programme has been created for parents to spend quality time with your kid, as you both explore at your own pace and gain new skills together.

    virtual sessions


    Don’t have a SCRATCHPAD Centre near you? Not a problem. We will come to you with our coding for kids online virtual classroom just like your very own coding club.