Further consultation on the review of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)

Open for Consultation 25 Jul 2019 - 09 Sep 2019

NZQA is reviewing the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) to ensure it remains fit for purpose, flexible and adaptive to the future needs of learners, employers, communities and iwi, and better reflects New Zealand's cultural context. 

Classifying qualifications by level and type, the NZQF is the backbone of New Zealand’s qualifications system and is underpinned by robust quality assurance processes, ensuring confidence in New Zealand’s qualifications system. It also creates a referencing point for people with domestic and international qualifications - supporting a mobile workforce.

Further consultation proposals

The eight main proposals for consultation are:

  1. Including a wider range of quality assured education products onto a broader qualifications and credentials framework
  2. Embedding transferable competencies into the NZQF
  3. Ensuring that vocational qualifications can be listed at higher levels of the NZQF
  4. Addressing the level 7 Diploma issues
  5. Addressing the level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree issues
  6. Supporting the development of degree apprenticeships
  7. Addressing other technical issues raised in the review
  8. Making the NZQF easier to use and more relevant to all stakeholders.

The NZQF review so far 

NZQA has established an Advisory Group to support the NZQF review. NZQA also gathered stakeholder views on the NZQF through six targeted focus groups in February 2018.

The focus groups were with groups of employers, Māori, Pasifika, professional and regulatory bodies, qualification developers and learners.

The views and comments of these groups helped shape the proposals in the consultation document which was released on 24 October 2018 (see below for details).

Providing your feedback

We invite you to read this further consultation paper (PDF, 659KB) and give your feedback via the online survey.

You can also send your feedback in an email to NZQFReview@nzqa.govt.nz, or in writing to:

NZQF Review, Quality Assurance Division, NZQA, PO Box 160, Wellington 6015.

Consultation is from 25 July to 9 September.

NZQA will communicate the results of the consultation later this year.

Consultation results and the Official Information Act 1982

Please note that the submissions may be requested under the Official Information Act 1982.

NZQA will protect the privacy of submitters by removing information that identifies individuals unless they waive that protection.

If you’d like your submission to be anonymous, please do not supply your name or your organisation’s name.

Further questions

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email NZQFReview@nzqa.govt.nz

For more information about the initial consultation, click here

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