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Programme Approval & Accreditation for NZ Certificate courses in Secondary Schools
A2016/025 - 30 Nov 2016

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Principal
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All teachers

Programme Approval and Accreditation for New Zealand Certificate courses in Secondary Schools

What is a programme?

A programme is a coherent arrangement of learning or training which is based on clear and consistent aims, content, outcomes and assessment practices that lead to New Zealand Certificate qualifications. (Assessment Circular #, New Zealand Certificate Qualifications,)

What is programme approval and accreditation?

Schools wanting to provide a programme of study that leads to a New Zealand Certificate qualification must apply to NZQA for approval or accreditation to deliver that programme. Approved programmes are developed by an educational provider to meet the graduate outcomes of a New Zealand Certificate qualification. The developer of this programme is referred to as the owner of the programme.

If a school wants to deliver a programme approved for another educational provider, they can gain permission from the owner of that programme to be accredited to deliver the programme. Accreditation to deliver a programme must be approved by NZQA.

Approved and accredited programmes can only be delivered by schools with consent to assess the standards offered in the programme. This is not required, however, for those programmes that allow a student to gain a New Zealand Certificate qualification but do not offer achievement or unit standards.

How does a school apply for programme approval or accreditation?

Applications for both programme accreditation and programme approval are made online through the high security applications button on your school’s NZQA website.

1. Applying for accreditation to deliver an existing programme

NZQA will approve applications for accreditation to deliver an existing approved programme from a consented school where it is supported by the owner of that programme.

Read the Instructions for making an online programme accreditation application.

Before you start the application process it is important that you have:

  • a letter from the owner of the programme supporting your application
  • the title of the programme and the programme ID number (find it)
  • the necessary consent to assess for any standards that may be included in the programme. (You may have to apply for an extension to your consent to assess).

Cost: maximum of $200

2.  Applying for approval for a programme owned and developed by the school

Schools may decide that they want to develop their own programmes. In this case they need to apply for programme approval and accreditation. When you apply for programme approval you automatically also apply to be accredited to deliver that programme. When approved, the school is deemed to be the owner of the programme and other educational providers can be accredited to deliver the programme, if they have permission from the school.

Read the Instructions for making an online programme approval and accreditation application.

Before you start the application process it is important that you have:

  • the evidence to show how the programme will meet the graduate outcomes of a New Zealand Certificate qualification
  • the necessary consent to assess for standards that may be included in the programme. (You may have to apply for an extension to your consent to assess).

Cost: $150 per hour of evaluation.

3. Reporting the Completion of a New Zealand Certificate Qualification to NZQA

Advice on how schools will need to report New Zealand Certificate completions will follow in due course.

4. Assuring national consistency of graduate outcomes of New Zealand qualifications

All Qualifications will be scheduled for a “consistency review” which will be facilitated by an independent reviewer.  NZQA will administer the review schedule, appoint the reviewers and work with qualification developers and schools to prepare for the consistency review.

To cover the costs of the reviews NZQA will charge a consistency fee when completions of new certificate qualifications are reported by schools.  The fees are:

  • qualifications at levels 1 to 2 – Full fee $12.00 per graduate
  • qualifications at level 3 – Full fee $16.00 per graduate.

5. Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What types of qualifications can programmes be used to assess?
    Programmes can be used to assess all NZQA qualifications, except NCEA.
    If you open the Qualifications heading on the NZQA website homepage you can see a range of vocational and academic New Zealand Certificates available that have existing programmes or that can be used to develop programmes for approval.
  2. Can credits gained from completing programmes be counted toward NCEA?
    Yes they can. Programmes made up of standards can be used for the award of NCEA.
  3. Can a student complete a programme if they move to another education provider?
    Students could start being assessed for a programme at a school and then when they transfer to another school or educational provider they could continue that programme, if it is available.
  4. How can I find out the names of programme owners? 
    When you open individual programmes under Qualifications on the NZQA homepage, the front page will tell you who owns the programme.
  5. What is happening to National Certificates?
    All National Certificates have a final date for entry and a final date for the qualification being awarded. You will need to check the National Certificate qualifications document on the NZQA website to confirm these dates. Credits earned from standards in National Certificate qualifications can be transferred to programme qualifications if they are approved as part of that programme.
  6. Who should I contact for more information on applying for programme approval or accreditation?
    Contact your School Relationship Manager.

Enquiries

Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager.

School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3000
Fax: 04 463 3115
Email: firstname.lastname@nzqa.govt.nz

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