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Education & Training

The Industry sub committee is committed to Education and training within the Port Industry sector.  The aim is to encourage people into the Port Industry where knowledge, skills and experience can be gained to help create a safer work environment and to further career prospects and life in general.


Port Operations NZQA

The Port Operations Qualification is designed for people working in entry level positions in the port operations environment. It provides the specialist knowledge and skills required to competently handle the movement of cargo, under supervision. 

The Level 3 programme that leads to this qualification is expected to take 13 months to complete. The programme is delivered in-house, where approved company trainers deliver the training and registered assessors conduct assessment internally. The training programme includes a mix of practical training and assessment, undertaken in the workplace, and theory learning and assessment, allowing you to complete theory elements of the programme at your own pace.


LoadUp offers secondary school students the chance to earn a micro-credential in the Ports and Stevedoring industry approved by NZQA, credits towards NCEA and a great introduction to the workplace. The industry offers a number of career opportunities – including port administration, cargo handling, and heavy machine operation. Supported by MITO, in partnership with secondary schools and port operators, LoadUp has both eLearning and practical workshop learning. Unit standards completed for LoadUp can be used towards the next step in a MITO ports and stevedoring traineeship. Upon completion of this programme, students will achieve the LoadUp – Ports and Stevedoring Micro-credential (Level 3, 14 credits) which will be listed on their NZQA Record of Achievement.

Chair person: Natasha Bennett