Tertiary moderation

National external moderation systems are developed to ensure that assessment decisions about assessment standards are consistent nationally.

Every standard on the Directory of Assessment Standards is attached to a CMR (Consent and Moderation Requirements). The requirements section in the CMR sets out the national external moderation system that applies.

Industry training organisations (ITOs) manage the national external moderation of industry unit standards.

NZQA organises national external moderation of unit and achievement standards it is responsible for.

National external moderation guidelines for TEOs

National external moderation guidelines thumbnail (PDF, 640KB)This information is for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) that are assessing learners using standards moderated by NZQA.

To download the complete national external moderation guidelines, click the image on the left.

To view the guidelines online see the National external moderation guidelines for tertiary education organisations.

Consent to assess

TEOs must gain consent to assess from NZQA before they can offer programmes of education and training that include assessment against standards on the Directory of Assessment Standards.

Once they have consent, TEOs assessing and reporting credits for learners must engage with the national external moderation system that applies.

Internal moderation

Internal moderation must be embedded in the quality management system of every TEO.

Internal moderation includes pre-assessment moderation of assessment materials and post-assessment moderation of learner work.

It can occur:

  • among assessors at a single site
  • at an organisation's multiple sites, or
  • among an ITO's registered workplace assessors.

Internal moderation helps to ensure consistency of assessment within organisations, over time and between assessors.

Sample internal moderation cover sheet (DOCX, 41KB)

Report for national external moderation of assessment standards

Achievement/unit standard review report (DOC, 139KB)

Contact us

Please email qaadmin@nzqa.govt.nz for all enquiries about the national external moderation of NZQA-managed standards.

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