Technical Advisory Groups (unit standards)

Technical Advisory Groups (also known as TAGs) are formed to review a sector’s suite of unit standards.

Technical Advisory Groups consist of representatives with experience, knowledge and skills in particular industry sectors.

The groups are responsible for driving the development of unit standards to meet the current and future skills and workforce development needs of industry.

Responsibilities of TAGs

The three core responsibilities for TAGs are:

  • Scrutinising current unit standards and their viability and suggest changes/updates, where necessary
  • Contributing to the development of new unit standards
  • Collaborating with Hanga-Aro-Rau delivery partners to identify the best way to assess relevant unit standards.

TAG members are expected to have:

  • Experience in their sector and a solid understanding of the roles within. They may be operations managers, executive staff, team leaders, Human Resources, training and development representatives, and operations workers.
  • An interest in the development of the skills and training of their sector.
  • A willingness to collaborate with others in their sector, including Hanga-Aro-Rau and our delivery partners.


The time requirement of TAG members varies, depending on the number of unit standards to review and/or develop.

Where possible, we ask TAG members to commit to seeing each review through to completion, including providing final sign-off and supporting Hanga-Aro-Rau to respond to any queries from the New Zealand Qualification Authority.

A minimum of two face-to-face/online meetings are usually necessary, with further email input as well, to feedback on proposed changes.

Current reviews

To learn more about what reviews we are currently undertaking, click here (Reviews and Developments).

TAG expression of interest

If you’re passionate about any of the industries with unit standards currently under review and want to help transform vocational education in Aotearoa, we want to hear from you! Please complete our TAG expression of interest form here:

Expression of interest