New Zealand’s leading qualification for infrastructure asset managers has been extensively reviewed and updated, and will open for enrolment through Industry Training Organisation Connexis shortly.
The brand new Level 6 NZ Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management is an adaptation of the National Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management. It has been developed in partnership with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) and other industry technical experts.
The NZ Diploma is the industry benchmark for professional asset management recognition and is fully aligned to the 5th edition of the International Infrastructure Management Manual (2015).
Connexis says that with an increasing focus on value for money and longevity of infrastructure, there is a growing need for local government and other owners of public assets to address the issue of long-term service delivery.
The New Zealand Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management recognises the skills required to contribute to an asset management plan in a team environment. Content of the new qualification has been updated to ensure it covers the broad range of skills required by asset managers. These include:
- Applying the essential components of good asset management practice;
- Preparing, implementing and reviewing an infrastructure asset management plan;
- Developing an infrastructure risk management plan;
- Developing asset lifecycle management; and
- Completing an optimisation process to enhance outcomes.
The diploma is relevant to a diverse range of public infrastructure assets including roads and bridges, water supply and wastewater systems, solid waste facilities, parks and recreation facilities, and infrastructure buildings.
Similarly to the National Diploma before it, the New Zealand Diploma combines theoretical knowledge with practical applied skills, and is achieved entirely on-the-job.
This article was first published in the April 2017 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.