Guidance for providers about enrolling students transitioning from NITT

18 Mar 2019

This information has been prepared for tertiary education organisations who are considering offering a place to students from New Zealand Institute of Technical Training Limited (NITT) who were enrolled on the New Zealand Diploma in Business Accounting, Administration and Technology (Level 5 and 6) (‘the Business Diplomas’).

Withdrawal of accreditation

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has withdrawn the accreditation of NITT to provide the Business Diplomas.

Students who were enrolled on the Business Diplomas at NITT can no longer continue their studies with NITT.

Any provider considering offering a place to a student transitioning from NITT should ensure that they support the student to make well-informed enrolment decisions that are appropriate for the student’s expectations, English language proficiency, and academic capability.

Any provider offering a place to a student transitioning from NITT must take care to obtain valid and robust evidence that the student has the necessary English proficiency for the programme they are seeking to enrol in, and be prepared to provide evidence of this to NZQA on request.

Students’ achievement at NITT

There were serious issues identified with NITT’s assessment practices in the Business Diplomas. Many of the assessments NITT marked as a ‘pass’ should not have been passed.

As a result, the students who were enrolled at NITT at the time accreditation was withdrawn cannot automatically be awarded credit towards a qualification based on credit they gained while they were enrolled at NITT.

Assuming that a thorough pre-enrolment process has been carried out, there is nothing to prevent a provider from agreeing to conduct a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment to determine whether a student has valid and authentic evidence of meeting particular learning outcomes.

Providers must ensure that any such RPL assessment is robust and well documented, and be prepared to provide evidence of this to NZQA on request.

Alternatively, providers may determine that it is more appropriate to enrol students at the beginning of a programme.

Fee considerations

Business Diploma students affected by the withdrawal of accreditation are receiving a full refund of fees paid to NITT. There may be a short delay before the refunds are available to students. All usual legislative requirements apply to providers offering a place to NITT students.

Visa considerations

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is aware of the circumstances of the withdrawal of accreditation. Providers can direct any enquiries about visas to INZ.

Who to contact with queries:

NZQA NITTstudent@nzqa.govt.nz
Immigration New Zealand INZstudentcontact@mbie.govt.nz

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