Professional Qualification and Occupational Standards

Roles and responsibilities
The Industry Competency Board is accountable for:
Promoting and supporting industry as the center of workforce development .
Providing the conduit for industry feedback to TPQI on industry trends and demands
Engaging employers, training providers, and general public in workforce development.
Scope of Work
The Industry Competency Board will commit to:
providing the formal point through which industry requirements for skills are considered
Develop occupational standards to be used to develop competency-based curriculum and training to ensure a consistent approach to developing the workforce
Endorse occupational standards and seek advice on other occupational standards from the industry. On this note, the final decision on the approval of occupational standards rests with TPQI Board of Directors..
Members of the Industry Competency Board is expect to:
• Provide complete, accurate and reliable information in a timely manner
• Consider and make decisions within the specified timeframe
• Report any changes in government policy.
The [Industry Competency Board is supported by a Secretariat.
Individual [Board]
The roles of individual [Board] members include:
(a) Work for the good of the public and the community and not act in their own or representative bodies’ interests.
(b) Declare any conflicts of interest.
(c) Commit to volunteer their time in accordance with these terms of interest.
(d) Participate in meetings and may designate an observer to help support information for the meeting.
(e) Refrain from delegating authority to someone within their organisation to attend Board meetings and activities in their place without formal notice
(f) Provide strategic advice and expertise related to occupational standards.
(g) Contribute to the work plan of the ICB.
(h) Provide information to the Secretariat and coordinate with industry representatives to assist in gathering industry trends
(i) Working within the scope, timeframes, and procedures set by the Secretariat
(j) Accept the majority decisions of the board.
• Board members are appointed and approved by TPQI Board of Directors..
• Board members will be replaced if the Board members leave their organisation with their replacement subject to the approval by TPQI. If the organisation does not have some to offer for a replacement, TPQI can draw from other parties through the expression of interest process. The Board is the ultimate advisory body to TPQI on all matters relating to national occupations standards.
Governance Arrangements
Membership of Chair and members
The structure and membership of ICBis subject to the approval of TPQI Board of Directors. The Board will elect Chair and Vice Chair through nomination and secret ballot provisions. The role of the Chair is to provide leadership to ICBม be the primary contact for TPQI, work closely with the Secretariat, and identify opportunities for cooperation with industry stakeholdersใ If the Chair is unavailable, the Vice Chair will assume the Chair’s roles and responsibilities.
The quorum must be greater than half of the members present
Meetings, Agendas, Approval of the minutes
• Meetings
(a) It is expected that the Board members meet three times a year, subject to the initial review of industry priorities and the approved work plan of the ICB
(b) Meetings must be held face-to-face (2 out of 3 meetings) or via teleconference/videoconference, if appropriate
(c) Additional meetings may be called by the Secretariat
(d) The Secretariat will facilitate the meeting
(e) Decision making process:
- Decisions can be approved through majority vote or consensus. The Chair shall has the casting vote, if required.
• Meeting minutes
A member of the Secretariat shall be present at the Board meetings for the purpose of taking minutes and answering any inquiries from members about the agenda and the status of work being undertaken on behalf of the Board.Minutes must be made available to all Board members, present or absent, subsequent to the meeting (generally no later than 10 working days).
Minutes will normally include:
(a) names of those present
(b) names of those absent
(c) an outline of substantive discussions
(d) details of actions agreed, orders, and decisions made, including numbers of proponents and opponents
• Costs associated with meetings
Costs associated with facilitating the board meetings will be borne by the Secretariat.
Code of conduct
Board members must maintain confidentiality and demonstrate no conflict of interest.
Reporting Mechanism
The Industry Competency Board, through its Secretariat will report the progress of its work to TPQI
The role, structure and performance of the ICB against the provisions of this Terms of Reference may be reviewed from time to time by TPQI, and variations to membership and structure shall be instigated in consultation with Board members, industry and other stakeholders.
The role of the secretariat is to facilitate the activities of Board members in undertaking industry engagement., training standards development and other relevant activities.
The Secretariat will consist of a minimum of three people
• Head Secretary is accountable for the operations and implementation of the ICB activities
• Two assistant secretary
Under the supervision of the ICB, the Secretariat will perform the following functions:
(a) Support ICB in undertaking industry skills forecast
(b) Provide recommendations to the revision of occupational standards in accordance with the real needs of the labour market
(c) Provide recommendations to training providers and educational institutes to ensure that they develop curriculum in accordance with occupational standards.
(d) Promote worker participation and industry engagement in workforce development
The Secretariat is governed in accordance with provisions as set out by TPQI and initially funded by TPQI