New Zealand Qualifications Framework - Te Taura Here Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa


The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), established in July 2010, contains a comprehensive list of all quality assured qualifications in New Zealand.


The NZQF is designed to optimise the recognition of educational achievement and its contribution to New Zealand’s economic, social and cultural success. Specifically, the NZQF:

  • conveys the skills, knowledge and attributes a graduate has gained through completing a qualification
  • enables and supports the provision of high-quality education pathways
  • requires the development of integrated and coherent qualifications
  • enhances confidence in the quality and international comparability of New Zealand qualifications
  • contributes to the strengthening of Māori as a people by enhancing and advancing mātauranga Māori
  • represents value for money and is sustainable and robust.


NZQA administers the NZQF. It is responsible for the integrity, currency and accuracy of the NZQF. Qualifications that are worth 40 credits or more and have been quality assured by a recognised quality assurance body are eligible to be added to the NZQF. For more information see Listing qualifications on the NZQF.

Quality assurance of qualifications on the NZQF

There are two quality assurance bodies responsible for approving qualifications in New Zealand: NZQA and the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. These bodies are also responsible for the quality that underpins the delivery of qualifications.

NZQA is responsible for quality assuring all non-university tertiary education organisations, and approves qualifications developed by these organisations.

(Information about the quality assurance of the performance of non-university education providers, including external evaluation and review reports of tertiary education organisations, can be found under Providers and Partners.)

The New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (also known as Universities New Zealand) is responsible for quality assuring all universities, and approves qualifications developed by these organisations.

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