Consultation on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)

25 Jul 2019

The New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) has today released a discussion paper on proposed changes to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

"The NZQF is the backbone of New Zealand’s qualifications system, and this review will ensure it remains fit for purpose, flexible and relevant to the future needs of learners, employers, communities and iwi," says Eve McMahon, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Quality Assurance.

“Since initial consultation closed in December 2018, NZQA has aligned the scope and timing of this review with other significant changes underway in the education sector - particularly the Reform of Vocational Education.”

“We are now going back to stakeholders seeking feedback on proposals such as broadening the qualifications framework to include credentials and other quality assured learning; embedding the transferable competencies that employers have told us they are looking for; and ensuring that vocational qualifications can be listed at higher levels on the NZQF.

“As well as increasing the NZQF’s flexibility, these proposals are designed to make the NZQF easier to understand and better reflect New Zealand’s cultural context. This means people can better plan for lifelong learning, and employers can continue to recruit and retain people with the skills they need,” Eve McMahon says.

“NZQA will consult with a wide range of stakeholders, including learners, employers, Māori and Pasifika groups, and education organisations. Members of the public are also able to send us feedback through

The discussion document and information about how to provide feedback is available at Consultation closes at 9am on 9 September 2019, and the review is expected to be complete in mid-2020.

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