Career Development Association of New Zealand


Consultation event: Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways

Consultation event: Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways

Branch events nationally / Feb / Mar 2020

We are reviewing CDANZ Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways - what will that mean for you, your clients and our association?

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. We are excited about the opportunities these changes could unlock for CDANZ and its members - they will shape the future of our organisation so you need to be part of the process! 

Consultation to date

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 

2020 Branch Consultation - Have your say now!

The next important step in our consultation process is a series of branch events held across New Zealand. You may claim attendance at these events in your CPD Record against the Competency Framework: 

  • 2.2 Professional practice management: Demonstrate commitment to professionalism
  • 2.4 Professional practice management: Form collaborative work relationships

Through video or live presentation CDANZ National Executive and Project Teams will provide updates on:

Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways (ELQ&MP)

At the 2019 AGM we published a Discussion Document on ELQ&MPs. We have since delivered a webinar and three Interest Group Zoom conversations to gather member feedback. In your Branch meeting we will provide a project update responding to some of the questions already raised and outline some of the operational changes that we are preparing for should members choose to adopt the proposed changes at our 2020 AGM. Any changes to our Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways will shape the future of our organisation so it is important that you have your say. Our members will determine the next steps in this project.

Continuing Professional Development

At the 2019 AGM our new CPD Process was ratified. This includes using the CDANZ Competency Self-Reflective Review form to inform your Personal Learning Plan, pursuing appropriate professional development andrecording it on your Professional Development Annual Record’. Thanks to those Individuals and Branches who have already begun this work. We have since gathered your collective CPD priorities for the future via this survey. We will share these with you and the national PD offerings we are developing for the year.

Northland - 10am - 12noon, Tuesday 25 February at Workspace, 24 Finlayson street, Whangarei. Click to register 

Auckland - 6pm -8pm Wednesday 26 February, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby (free parking on site). Click to register

Waikato - 5.30pm Thursday 12 March at The Trust Waikato Building, London Street (behind ACC building). Registration details to follow.

Bay of Plenty - 3pm, Wednesday 26 February at APM Offices, 38 Glenlyon Avenue Greerton. Registration details to follow.

Hawkes Bay / Gisborne - 1pm to 5pm, Friday 14 February at Napier War Memorial and Convention Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier. NB This event also includes a short session by guest speaker Toni Gerbes, Geneva Health Care speaking on Career Opportunities. Click to register

Manawatu - 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Wednesday 11th March at the Palmerston North Public Library meeting room. RSVP to 

Taranaki - 11am, Friday 28 February, Purpose Careers Ltd, Kings Building, Level 2, 36 Devon Street West, New Plymouth. RSVP to

Wellington - 5.30pm, Monday 17 February at Level 9, 44 the Terrace, Wellington. Click to register. 

Nelson / Marlborough - 4pm, Tuesday 11 February at S103 at NMIT. Click to register. 

Canterbury - 5pm, Thursday 2 April at Blind and Low Vision NZ, via Zoom:

Otago / Southland - 5.15pm for nibbles & 5.30pm start, Wednesday 11 March, Meet at Otago Polytech Hub area - will then go to room (Gold coin donation entry). RSVP to

Resources for Branch Discussions

2.2 Professional practice management: Demonstrate commitment to professionalism

Consultation with Maori

CDANZ is working with the Maori and Pasifika Practitioners Network to host a consultation hui by Zoom. This was originally confirmed for 4.30pm, Tuesday 24 March 2020. but has been postponed due to the Covid-19 upgrade from Level 3-4 on this day. We will release new dates soon. 

ELQ&MP Consultation Updates