Information for students of ICNZ

24 Jul 2017

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has withdrawn accreditation of the following programmes offered by the International College of New Zealand Limited (ICNZ):

  • National Diploma in Business (Level 5),
  • National Diploma in Business (Level 6), and
  • Diploma in Business Management (Level 7).

This means that ICNZ can no longer deliver these programmes.

NZQA withdrew the accreditation because it confirmed there were serious issues with ICNZ’s assessment practices. Most of the assessments ICNZ marked as a ‘pass’ should not have been passed.

NZQA’s priority is ensuring students are supported during this time. We appreciate this may be an uncertain time for students and we will be making every effort to keep students fully informed.

What does this mean for students of ICNZ?

Because of the serious issues with ICNZ’s assessment practices, the credits that ICNZ awarded to students cannot be used towards a qualification. Therefore, NZQA has decided that students should receive a full refund of the fees paid to ICNZ.

Students can claim a refund of any fees that are still in their Public Trust account and the remainder of fees paid to ICNZ for their current programme.

It is up to each student to decide what they want to do next, for example, returning home or applying for a visa to study at a different provider.

NZQA has produced a list of Category 1 and 2 providers with similar accreditation that students might like to choose from, should they wish to enrol with another provider. This list can be found here List-of-Alternative-Providers.pdf (PDF, 338KB).

Where can I find more information and updates?

NZQA has already been in contact with many students by email and at student meetings. Any current students who have not yet heard from NZQA or who have questions can email so that the appropriate information and support can be provided.

As soon as we have any significant updates we will communicate these to students via email.

If you would like to contact NZQA or another agency, the relevant contact details are below:

NZQA 0800 697 296
Immigration NZ 0508 55 88 55
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