New Zealand Certificate in Intelligence (Introduction) (Level 3)

Level 3
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This qualification is suitable for people who wish to enter or enhance their employment opportunities in entry level intelligence roles. Graduates will become familiar with the core principles of working with intelligence, and how organisations use it to make both strategic and operational decisions. They will have the skills to work in entry level and early career roles in intelligence. The qualification is also suitable for those in adjacent roles where an understanding of the role of intelligence to support organisational decision-making would be an advantage.



If you are looking to grow the intelligence analysis capability in your teams, a qualification in intelligence can really help get them where they need to be.

This qualification is suitable for people who wish to enter or enhance their employment opportunities in entry level intelligence roles. Graduates will become familiar with the core principles of working with intelligence, and how organisations use it to make both strategic and operational decisions. They will have the skills to work in early career and entry level non-collation intelligence roles under the supervision of an intelligence analyst.


What are the benefits?

For the learner

  • Ability to apply knowledge of intelligence processes and the role of intelligence in the support of organisational objectives in their role
  • Foundational knowledge of intelligence principles, processes and tools and how these are applied in practice
  • An overview of relevant legislation, and the importance of ethics, risk management and professional conduct for intelligence practitioners as they go about their work.

For the employer

  • Intelligence is used effectively to make sound and supported decisions across teams
  • Higher standards, professional discipline and consistent intelligence practice is maintained
  • The ability to provide a formal qualification as part of a professional development pathway for early career intelligence personnel


How are the qualifications achieved?

Enrolment in an online programme of learning

Individuals or groups of learners can enrol in our online modular programme. The course involves self-directed learning at the learner’s own pace over a six-month duration. Assessment is carried out at the end of each module, providing the learner with a sense of progression as you work through the modules to completion.

Successful completion leads to the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Intelligence (Introduction) (Level 3).

Learner support is provided by the organisation enrolling the learner, along with Ignite’s learner resources and subject matter experts.


Ignite Colleges can evaluate and employer’s in-house training and workplace practices to see if what you already do meets the requirements of a qualification. If they don’t quite measure up, we can work with you to fill those gaps and achieve the qualification.

Note that alignments are only suitable for organisations wishing to offer this to large groups of individuals and where the intention is to provide this qualification over a sustained period of time.


Ready to get started?

The team at Ignite Colleges are happy to discuss your needs, the wide range of solutions we have available and how we can empower you to reach your business goals.


Give us a call at 0800 200 345 or email us at [email protected] for more information.


How does training with Ignite Colleges work?

We work with businesses like yours to map out where to build your team’s capability and skill sets, and how training can be used to strengthen them. Our account managers can work with you to select the right training programmes (and if required, customise them) to suit your needs.

Once a programme is chosen our team helps you to set up and embed the training programmes in your organisation, so that they work seamlessly with the daily activities of your staff, and with minimal disruption.

Ignite Colleges training programmes and course materials are developed in consultation with industry representatives to ensure they are relevant and can drive consistent performance and growth in your organisation.

What are the differences between unit standards, credits, qualifications and certificates?

Nationally recognised qualifications are made up by a number of unit standards, which are set at different levels. The level of the unit standard indicates its degree of difficulty. This allows people entering into a qualification to start at a lower level, with achievable unit standards, and work their way up to the higher levels as their knowledge and capability grows with training.

When a trainee completes a unit standard, they earn credits for that particular unit. Once all the required credits have been achieved for that qualification, the trainee will be awarded either a National Certificate or a New Zealand Certificate.

Note: NZQA has reviewed its qualification systems and decided to update it to meet changing industry and technology needs. As a result the old National Certificates are being phased out and replaced with New Zealand Certificates which are the updated versions of the old qualifications.

What are alignments and how do they work?

Introduction to Intelligence is offered as a programme of study which is open to any employer to enrol learners on. Learners are awarded the qualification when they complete the assessment Ignite has developed specifically for the programme.

However, if your company already has strong internal training, alignment could be a great option. An alignment involves an assessment specialist looking at a company’s development programmes, training and structured learning and mapping this to the competencies needed to gain a National/New Zealand qualification.

The assessment specialist may then recommend a supplementary assessment resource to fill any specific assessment gaps needed to ensure that staff can obtain the formal recognition they deserve. This tool relies on great support by managers/team leaders through verification (they would be fully supported by Ignite Colleges through training to obtain the necessary skills to do this).

How do alignment assessments work?

Learners are assessed towards the end of their training (or a section of training) to make sure they’ve gained the key knowledge/competencies they need to meet the nationally recognised standards.

Assessments can be carried out in the workplace by trained and registered workplace assessors, or through accredited training providers. Ignite Colleges can assist with sourcing registered assessors or in training up your internal staff so that they can carry out the assessments in-house.

What support is available for an alignment once we’ve signed up?

The support from Ignite Colleges doesn’t just stop once your company is setup with a training programme or aligned to a national standard. We offer a wide range of resources, tools and dedicated staff to advise and support you on a continuing basis.

What are the benefits of training staff to national standards?

Helping your staff to receive national recognition for the skills and training they do in their everyday work is something that pays for itself in no time at all. Here’s why:

  • It ensures consistency in training, so that regardless of the trainer, your staff are learning the key information they need to succeed in their roles.
  • Consistency in training leads to consistency in performance as everyone receives a similar level of knowledge and skills.
  • Effective training reduces error rates and re-work, which saves your business money and protects your brand name.
  • It reduces staff turnover rates as staff feel more valued and are more engaged. Lower turnover rates protect organisational knowledge and reduce recruitment and training costs. It also helps to boost morale and improve company culture.
  • It can provide your customers and stakeholders with evidence of your commitment to professionalism, effective risk management and corporate responsibility.

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