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Special General Meeting

Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways

Via Zoom / 7pm, Tuesday 2 March 2021

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All members are invited to a Special General Meeting where eligible voters (current CDANZ Professional, Fellow and Life Members) will have the opportunity to vote on:

  • Remits and Ratifications to CDANZ Entry Level Qualification and Member Pathways 2021
  • Remit 1: Consistent reference to the CDANZ National Executive Committee
  • Remit 2: Change of Corporate Membership to Organisational Affiliate
  • Remit 3: Clarification of Clause 5.3, Right to Re-join
  • Ratification 1: Introduction of the requirement for Criminal Record Checks OR Police Vetting

Voting Pack

A DRAFT Remits and Ratifications to CDANZ Entry Level Qualification and Member Pathways 2021 proposal will be released on 1 February 2021. Members will have the opportunity to comment or ask any last questions up until 10 February. They can do this by:


The FINAL Remits and Ratifications to CDANZ Entry Level Qualification and Member Pathways 2021 proposal will be released to eligible voters, along with the other Remits and Ratifications in a voting pack on 14 February. 

Proposed changes to Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways

Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways are a component of the CDANZ Professional Standards. At the 2019 CDANZ Conference and AGM a discussion document was shared with members proposing changes to the current entry level qualifications and member pathways. Since then we have conducted widespread consultation with members and stakeholders all of which is detailed below. 

Transition Plan 

It is important that our current members, stakeholders and prospective members understand how the proposed changes to ELQ&MP will affect them. If, at the Special General Meeting, membership approve the proposed changes to ELQ&MP, these are the key dates to keep in mind:

1 Feb Draft Remits to all members

10 Feb Last day for feedback on remits

14 Feb Final remits to members and voting pack to eligible voters

15 Feb Last day for new members to apply until 15 April

Last day for students of career specific study to become a Student Member and benefit from the Student Membership transition plan. 

1 April Existing members transfer to new membership types. 

Last day for existing members to complete the Request for Extension form in Survey Monkey. This enables us to understand their aspirations for advancing membership under the old system so that we might honour that after transition to the new system. 

15 April Applications open for new members under the new system

Members have been sent out these letters explaining how a transition will effect them:

If you have any questions about how the proposed changes to ELQ&MP might affect you, your employees or your contractors please contact Lauren Hughes at ndm@cdanz.org.nz / 021 222 5682 or Heather Lowery-Kappes at president@cdanz.org.nz / 021 077 6306.

ELQ&MP Consultation Updates

Consultation history

Webinar: On 6/11/19, we delivered an introductory webinar for members who were unable to attend the presentation on the Entry Level Qualification and Member Pathways Discussion Document at Conference.

Interest Group Zoom Meetings: Members were then invited to participate in online conversations with peers to discuss what the recommendations might mean for them in their practice, for their clients, their employers and all other stakeholders who may be impacted by change. Feedback from these sessions has been actioned and we are now working towards our nationwide Branch Consultation. 

  • Education focus, held 26/11/19
  • Vocational Rehabilitation focus, held 28/11/19 
  • Private Practice & Corporate focus, held 4/12/19 

Branch Meetings: Members were invited to consider the Discussion Paper as a branch and feedback to the project team. 

  • Northland - 10am - 12noon, Tuesday 25 February at Workspace, 24 Finlayson street, Whangarei. 
  • Auckland - 6pm -8pm Wednesday 26 February, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby 
  • Waikato - 5.30pm Thursday 12 March at The Trust Waikato Building, London Street 
  • Bay of Plenty - 3pm, Wednesday 26 February at APM Offices, 38 Glenlyon Avenue Greerton. 
  • Hawkes Bay / Gisborne - 1pm to 5pm, Friday 14 February at Napier War Memorial and Convention Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier
  • Manawatu - 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Wednesday 11th March at the Palmerston North Public Library meeting room. 
  • Taranaki - 11am, Friday 28 February, Purpose Careers Ltd, Kings Building, Level 2, 36 Devon Street West, New Plymouth. 
  • Wellington - 5.30pm, Monday 17 February at Level 9, 44 the Terrace, Wellington.
  • Nelson / Marlborough - 4pm, Tuesday 11 February at S103 at NMIT. 
  • Canterbury - 5pm, Thursday 2 April via Zoom
  • Otago / Southland - 5.15pm for nibbles & 5.30pm start, Wednesday 11 March, Meet at Otago Polytech Hub

Working Groups - ongoing to focus on the operational implications of the proposed changes

Maori and Pasifika Practitioners Network: an online hui was held with this group at 4.30pm, 1 April 2020. 

Zoom discussion: 17/8/2020 held on the draft recommendations of the Working Groups. See video.

Trial of the draft Competency Statement, Practice Study and Evaluation process - this process involved 

External International Review - CDANZ National Executive invited Sareena Hopkins, Executive Director Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) to review the Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways Project. You can read Sareena’s full report here.

Special Meeting - A Special General Meeting has now been scheduled for 7pm, Tuesday 2 March 2021 to vote on proposed changes to ELQ&MP. This meeting will be held by Zoom. 

Resources from Branch Consultation Feb/Mar 2020

These are all the resources made available to CDANZ Branches to date. Read and watch them at your leisure and send your individual feedback to professionalism@cdanz.org.nz at any time. 

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