Extending temporary approval for online delivery

Web page updated on 10 September 2020 (previous title: alternative delivery methods for education)

Reminder

Temporary approval for online delivery expires on 31 December 2020

NZQA granted automatic extensions to 31 December 2020 for some programmes and training scheme delivered online in New Zealand. We would like to remind education providers who are planning to continue delivering programmes and training schemes online in 2021 to apply for a permanent change to an approved programme before their temporary approval expires.

Delivery to new international students offshore

Tertiary education institutions planning to deliver to new international students offshore must apply for permanent offshore delivery. Information and guidance on making an application for permanent offshore delivery is available on the NZQA website. Offshore delivery of a programme leading to an NZQF qualification must meet the NZQF Offshore Programme Delivery Rules (in addition to the standard programme approval and accreditation rules).

Please contact NZQA on covid19.enquiries@nzqa.govt.nz if you have an enquiry.

Online delivery in New Zealand

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has granted an automatic extension to 31 December 2020 for programmes and training schemes delivered online in New Zealand, unless one or more of the following applies:

  • the programme or training scheme includes practical components or placements;
  • the provider intends to deliver solely online and not resume face-to-face delivery.

Offshore online delivery

Extending temporary approval for online delivery of programmes to existing international students offshore

Some providers have been granted extensions to continue online delivery to allow the current cohort of international students to complete their programme. Extensions have been granted for the period of the students’ enrolment. Providers were required to produce evidence to demonstrate:

  • how they will manage the online offshore delivery alongside domestic face-to-face or blended delivery;
  • that international students have paid for the duration of their enrolment.

International students enrolling in offshore programmes and/or training schemes are not required to have a valid visa.  However, a valid visa is required to study in New Zealand.

Extending temporary approval for online delivery of training schemes to existing and new international students offshore

An application for temporary approval for offshore online delivery is not required if a provider only intends to offer a participation certificate that does not certify the completion of achievement of learning through a valid assessment process.

The cut off date to apply for extensions for temporary approvals to deliver offshore online was 30 June.

Validating educational quality of programmes and training schemes with temporary approval

Please note that NZQA will be validating the educational quality of programmes and training schemes that have been granted extensions to deliver online offshore beyond 30 June 2020:

NZQA will contact providers who have been granted extensions, to confirm a submission date for information relating to the validation process.

Application for permanent offshore programme delivery

As part of a provider’s recovery planning, it may be looking for opportunities to deliver to new international students offshore. Information and guidance on making an application for permanent offshore delivery is available on the NZQA website.

If you would like further information, please email NZQA at covid19.enquiries@nzqa.govt.nz

Definitions

What is a training scheme?

A training scheme is study and training that leads to an award but does not, of itself, lead to a qualification listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (PDF, 606KB) (NZQF).

What is an award?

Under the Education and Training Act 2020, and in the context of training schemes, award means:

A certificate or other document granted in recognition of a student’s achievement and completion of a training scheme.

Note: A certificate of participation is not for assessment, achievement and completion and does not fit this definition, and so would not amount to a training scheme requiring approval.

International students

Offshore students are international students under the Education Act, unless they are New Zealand residents or citizens.

 
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