Changes to NZQA Rules

26 Jul 2018

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) consulted the non-university tertiary education sector on proposed changes to NZQA Rules from 12 March to 27 April 2018.

As a result of this consultation, the following NZQA Rules have been amended:

  • NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013, including Rule 18
  • Directory of Assessment Standards Listing and Operational Rules 2011
  • NZQF Qualification Listing and Operational Rules 2016
  • Private Training Establishment Registration Rules 2013
  • NZQF Industry Training Programme Approval Rules 2012
  • Industry Training Organisation Prescribed Quality Assurance Requirements Rules 2015
  • Quality Assurance (including External Evaluation and Review (EER)) Rules 2016
  • Student Fee Protection Rules 2013
  • NZQA Offshore Programme Delivery Rules 2012

A summary of the substantive changes to the NZQA Rules can be found here. These Rule changes will come into effect on 22 August 2018, with changes to the PTE Registration Rules 2018, which come into effect on 23 August 2018. Copies of these Rule changes can be found in the attached pdf (PDF, 4.8MB) which were approved by the Minister of Education.

Changes made to the NZQA Rules include:

  • the removal of Rule 18.6 from the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules, meaning that institutions will no longer be able to provide internal English language proficiency assessments. A transition period for institutions that currently provide such assessments is allowed until 31 December 2018, if an exemption notice is applied for
  • a new record keeping rule for institutions and ITOs (PTEs already have this requirement)
  • require the language of instruction (other than English or te reo Māori) to be listed on the formal document certifying a qualification
  • update to requirements to maintain consent to assess standards against the Directory of Assessment Standards
  • a new rule requiring PTEs that have ceased delivery of a programme, training scheme or standards during an enrolment period to cover the international student costs associated with the closure and transfer of those students.

We encourage education organisations to review their policies against the new Rules that are relevant to them, to ensure compliance for when they come into effect.

For more information on the consultation on NZQA Rule changes please click here.

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