About NTS
​​Quality   |   Consistency   |   Standardisation
In 2012 the Ministry of Health developed a vision for national training in stop smoking treatment and contracted Inspiring Limited (IL) to deliver on their vision. This included the development of a nationally recognised qualification for stop smoking practitioners and the development of a national training strategy.
IL developed the National Training Service (NTS) and it was launched in July 2014. NTS currently provides the Stop Smoking Practitioner Programme (SSPP), a NZQA level 3 qualification.
NTS is now working on implementing the National Training Strategy. The purpose of this is to ensure quality, consistency and standardisation across 8 smoking cessation training fields:
  • Core Competencies (Stop Smoking Practitioner Programme).
  • Brief Intervention.
  • Advanced Competencies (Group Based Treatment).
  • Using medicines.
  • Service Development.
  • Regulation and Compliance.
  • Specialist groups (Mental Health & Addictions, Pregnancy).
  • Health Promotion.
Training Standards and Quality Assurance Guidelines have been developed for each training field and this is an opportunity for new and existing trainers and training developers to have their training accredited by the Ministry of Health. 

The NTS Alliance has been developed to facilitate, implement and monitor this change.  
Launch of the National Training Service, July 2014
(Hon Tariana Turia and Nigel Chee, Executive Chair of Inspiring Ltd)
Launch of the National Training Service, July 2014
(Manaia King, Manager Chronic Diseases Team, Public Health Group, Ministry of Health)