These colleges provide teacher training for early childhood, primary and secondary levels. They also provide training to social workers and all training has a practical emphasis and component.
There are around 860 registered private educational institutions in New Zealand. They are privately owned and funded, although some of them may attract public funding. Courses offered at these institutions range from scuba diving, hospitality to business.
National Qualifications Framework
Many of the courses pursued by international students are covered under the New Zealand Qualifications Framework which provides guidance and advice on the skills and attributes necessary for success in a particular area.
The framework is nationally accredited, no matter where or what learning takes place. It is strongly endorsed by education providers, industry and employers. The system is comparable to most systems in western countries.