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Construction Competency Review

The purpose of this study is to assess the logic and robustness of the New Zealand Construction Health & Safety Competency Framework. If necessary, recommendations will be made for further work that would improve the framework.

The framework was developed by the Construction Safety Council.

Research methods

A review of the structure and content provided in the framework will be undertaken, giving particular regard to:

  • ­the alignment with health and safety roles and accountabilities on construction sites and thus the chances of obtaining traction;
  • ­the alignment with existing health and safety competency qualifications such as those contained in existing New Zealand quality assurance unit standards, trade qualifications and the renewal of trade licences (or registrations); and
  • ­the completeness of the Tier 1 matrix of generic hazards and the health and safety competencies identified to address them with particular regard to the process by which these were developed and the way in which they are to be assessed.

Semi-structured interviews will be conducted with a representative sample of relevant parties and users (up to 20) to establish their agreement to use the ‘framework’ as a key measure to evaluate prospective providers’ services.

The sectors will include participants from:

  • New Zealand Qualification Authority
  • Construction Industry Training Organisations (e.g. Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, Industry Training Advisory Bodies, etc.)
  • Construction Industry Associations outside of those represented by the Construction Safety Council
  • Employers and other end users (e.g. apprentices)
  • The leading Health and Safety providers for the industry (e.g. Site Safe, etc.)

Analyse the findings to identifying any further work that may need to be done to ensure a robust and socialised competency framework.

Research questions

  1. Is the proposed construction safety competency framework supported by key stakeholders in the New Zealand construction sector?
  2. What issues may arise in terms of assessment methods in support of the H&S competency framework across the New Zealand construction sector?
  3. What additional support is required to successfully roll out the H&S competency framework across the New Zealand construction sector?


  • Dr Susanne Bahn, Lead Chief Investigator, Centre for Innovative Practice, Edith Cowan University
  • A/Prof Felicity Lamm, Chief Investigator, Auckland University of Technology

Funding body

  • Accident Compensation Council New Zealand


December 2013 - April 2014

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