Provider categories

Making new applications

A provider’s category may affect:

  • if they can make new applications to NZQA
  • how much scrutiny and documentation (external verification) is needed
  • NZQA’s timeframes for processing the application.

The ability to make new applications

Provider Category 1 and 2

Category 1 and 2 providers are able to make new applications for programme approvals and accreditations, training scheme approvals, consent to assess or vocational pathways.

Provider Category 3

NZQA can, under Rule 14 of the EER Rules, apply restrictions to a Category 3 provider if NZQA has outstanding quality concerns.

New applications by a Category 3 provider will be considered on a case by case basis and must meet the standard application requirements.

Provider Category 4

Under Rule 14 of the EER Rules, a Category 4 provider will not normally be granted new programme approvals and accreditations, training scheme approvals, consents to assess or vocational pathways. NZQA may process new applications if it is satisfied the provider is competent to deliver that type of education and training.

External verification requirements for applications at levels 1-6

Applications for programme approval and accreditation at levels 1-6

Under Rule 5.3 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013, the information required in an application has been tailored to take account of the provider category.

Category 1 providers

Category 1 providers making programme approval and accreditation applications have reduced information requirements if the provider can demonstrate a successful history of delivery in the subject area at the level of the application.

The provider:

  • must submit evidence of internal programme approval
  • may only need to submit programme details
  • does not need to submit a self-assessment report answering key evaluation questions.

For delivery in a new area, or at a level above current accreditations held in the area, the application requires full programme documentation and a self-assessment report of the application for programme approval using the key evaluation questions.

For further information on making an application for programme approval and accreditation see the Guidelines for approval of programmes of study leading to qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and accreditation of tertiary education providers (PDF, 545KB).

Applications for consent to assess at levels 1-6

Under Rule 9.2 of the Consent to Assess against Standards on the Directory of Assessment Standards Rules 2011, NZQA may make a site visit.

Category 1 providers

For standards from levels 1-6, NZQA waives site visits to extend consent to assess in additional domains within a subfield, where the provider already holds consent to assess at that level. This applies only to standards developed and controlled by NZQA, not industry training organisations.

For further information on making an application for consents to assess against standards see the Consent to Assess Rules.

Applications for training schemes

Under Rule 7.1, Category 1 institutions are not required to provide a self-assessment report. For further information on making an application for training scheme approval see the Guidelines to the approval of training schemes (PDF, 380KB).

Turnaround times for applications at levels 1-6

NZQA's standard turnaround times for applications at levels 1-6 are listed in the NZQA Statement of Intent.

ProcessTurnaround time
Programme approval and accreditation 45 working days
Programme change
Training scheme
Vocational pathways
Consent to assess 45 working days

Category 1 providers

Applications for programme approval and accreditation from category 1 providers are prioritised.

  • 30 working days for programme approval and accreditation applications if the applicant has a demonstrated history of successful delivery in the subject area, at the same level.
  • The 45 working day turnaround time will apply to incomplete applications or applications in new subject areas or levels not previously delivered by the applicant.
 
 
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