Guidelines for the recognition and award of credit for learning

Open for Consultation 22 Sep 2017 - 03 Nov 2017

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is consulting on Guidelines for the recognition and award of credit for learning (the Guidelines).

The Guidelines provide advice and information to tertiary education organisations (TEOs) so they can develop policies and processes to enable further recognition of learning for credit.

There are a wide range of ways in which learning can be recognised for credit. NZQA uses the terms credit recognition and transfer (CRT) and recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Effective CRT and RPL assists learners to move easily between tertiary education organisations, and progress in work and study without having to repeat learning and experiences or take additional credit.

A learner-centred approach

The Guidelines recommend a learner-centred approach to the recognition of learning for credit. Effective and appropriate policies and processes for CRT and RPL focus on the knowledge, skills and attributes that learners have and can demonstrate.

The Guidelines:

  • outline that learning can be assessed for credit based on equivalence to outcomes on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)
  • provide guidance on how to best assist learners in having their learning recognised for credit through CRT and RPL
  • outline quality assurance requirements to maintain the credibility and integrity of qualifications, and credit awarded.

Feedback

NZQA has sought feedback on the Guidelines from other government agencies, stakeholder groups and subject matter experts.

We are now seeking your views on the Guidelines to ensure that it is useful, appropriate and fit-for-purpose.

Please read the guidelines (HTML or PDF) (PDF, 475KB), consider the consultation questions below, then complete the survey by 5pm Friday 3 November 2017.

Consultation questions

  1. Are the views expressed in this survey a) your personal views; b) your organisation's views - i) name of your organisation.
  2. How well do the Guidelines support TEOs to develop the systems, policies and processes for effective recognition of learning for credit?
  3. What additional information could be included in the Guidelines to support TEOs to integrate CRT and RPL into their overall systems?
  4. What additional information could be included in the Guidelines to assist TEOs to assess learners for CRT and RPL?
  5. What additional information could be included in the Guidelines to maintain the integrity and credibility of credit awarded?
  6. Do you have any other comments on the Guidelines?

Please send any questions regarding the consultation to qadconsultation@nzqa.govt.nz.

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