July Newsletter 2020

RFUANZ Annual General Meeting – going Virtual 2020

The annual general meeting of RFUANZ was postponed due to COVID-19 and the subsequent cancellation of Comms Connect Conference & Exhibition, to have been held later in the year.

In accordance with RFUANZ Rules, we will hold this meeting, via Zoom on Wednesday 11 November at 4pm.

The annual reports and accounts will be posted to each member, together with an AGM agenda, one month prior to this date. It is important that you attend this meeting if possible.

- Debby Morgan , Secretary
 

RSM Meeting – Update

RFUANZ met with RSM on the 21.7.20 to discuss various topics that are effecting our members, including the 60 GHz and 5 GHz GURL licences, ARC/ARE and level four NZQA training and the current SMART system upgrade.

A considerable amount of work has been undertaken on the current smart upgrade, with the system on track to go live towards the end of 2021. Both the 60 GHz and 5 GHz GURL licences are being looked at in comparison with other countries with some modifications expected before the end of this year.

The memorandum account balance has dropped from $10.771 Million at the 30th June 2019 to $9.233 Million at the 30th June 2020.

The balance is now showing a steady decline as originally intended which is great. RSM and RFUANZ have entered discussions around level four NZQA training and also training pathways for ARC and ARE qualifications.

- Corey Weir

Training Opportunities

Training is vital for the future of our industry. RFUANZ recognises many organisations that offer any form of training, we therefore recommend the following course provided by Electrotest Limited. Designed to help your company's growth by investing in your employees potential to learn.

To view and enrol in this course go to
https://electrotest.co.nz/training-courses/496-basic-rf-training-course-3-days.html
 

Free training for Level 3 Certification

The RFUANZ recognises that the industry has an aging workforce and one of the barriers to recruiting new staff for the industry has been the lack of formal training for new staff entering the industry.

The RFUANZ has encouraged businesses to enrol new staff in the following course:
Programme: NZ2767 New Zealand Certificate in Electrotechnology (Level 3)
Strand: Electrotechnology
Specialisation: Service or Installation

With the governments new initiatives for training post Covid-19 this qualification is free to all NZ residents from 1st July 2020 until 31st December 2022.

If you or your business are interested in looking at this training please follow the link below: https://www.etec.ac.nz/courses/etec-electrotechnology/nz-certificate-in-electrotechnology-level-3

- David Johnston
 

Self-Lead Learning Opportunities

There are a number of resources online that are FREE and allow your team to continue developing their knowledge base.

Follow the links below to helpful resources from our partners.

Go Wifi Knowledge Base
Tait Radio Academy
Zetron Blog
Cambium Networks's Courses & Learning Plans