NZQA rules

NZQA operates under the following legislation: The Education Act (1989), The Industry Training and Apprenticeships Act (1992), and the Crown Entities Act 2004.

Authority

All of NZQA's rules are made under section 253 of the Education Act 1989 and have been approved by the NZQA Board and, when required, the appropriate Minister of the Crown.

Assessment and examination rules

The following rules are concerned with assessment (internal and external) of learning at secondary school level:

NB:  The Assessment and examination rules for schools (2018) (above) include the Amendment No. 1 (2018) (PDF, 77KB), which came into effect on 8 March, 2018.

The rules which applied in 2017 will continue to be available while Reviews and Reconsiderations or other challenges of 2017 results are resolved.

Private training establishment and Industry Training Organisation rules

The following NZQA rules are concerned with the establishment and operation of private training establishments (PTEs):

Industry Training Organisation Prescribed Quality Assurance Requirements Rules 2015 (and 2018 amendments (PDF, 96KB)) - (original version without amendments will be available soon)

Quality Assurance (including External Evaluation and Review (EER)) rules

Quality Assurance (including External Evaluation and Review (EER)) Rules 2016 - for all Tertiary Education Organisations other than Universities - now incorporate the 2018 (PDF, 151KB), 2017 (PDF, 152KB) amendments - (original version without amendments will be available soon)

Industry Training Organisation Prescribed Quality Assurance Requirements Rules 2015 (and 2018 amendments (PDF, 96KB)) - (original version without amendments will be available soon)

New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) rules

The following NZQA rules relate to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Standards and assessment rules

The following NZQA rules relate to the assessment of standards listed on the Directory of Assessment Standards.

Training scheme rules

The following NZQA rules apply specifically to training schemes. A training scheme is any study or training that leads to an award but does not, of itself, lead to an award of a qualification listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Expired / Revoked rules

The following policies, criteria and rules have expired and thus are no longer in force.

Assessment and examination rules

Assessment and examination rules for schools (2017)
Assessment and examination rules for schools (2016)
Assessment and examination rules for schools (2015)
Assessment and examination rules for schools (2014)

Assessment and examination rules for TEOs with Consent to Assess Entering Candidates for Externally Assessed Achievement Standards 2017
Assessment and examination rules for TEOs with Consent to Assess Entering Candidates for Externally Assessed Achievement Standards 2016
Assessment and examination rules for TEOs with Consent to Assess Entering Candidates for Externally Assessed Achievement Standards 2015
Assessment and Examination Rules for TEOs with consent to assess entering candidates for externally assessed achievement standards 2014

Assessment and Examination Rules for Home-schooled students (2017)
Assessment and Examination Rules for Home-schooled students (2016)
Assessment and Examination Rules for Home-schooled students (2015)
Assessment and Examination Rules for Home Schools (2014)

Private Training Establishment and Industry Training Organisation related Rules

Policies and criteria for ongoing registration of PTEs (replaced by the Private Training Establishment Registration Rules 2013) were amended in 2014 (PDF, 70KB). If you need to, you can download the original version (PDF, 112KB) of the rules.

Assessment rules and procedures for granting the NZ Diploma in Business 2009 (replaced by conditions imposed under section 250A (4) and (5) of the Education Act 1989 on 21 December 2012)

Student fee protection policy (replaced by the Student Fee Protection Rules 2013)

PTE Annual Registration Fee Rules 2011

PTE Annual Registration Fee Rules (No.2) 2011

The Private Training Establishment Registration Rules 2013 amended in 2017 (PDF, 172KB), 2016 (PDF, 56KB), 2015 (PDF, 174KB), and 2014 (PDF, 70KB). If you need to, you can download the original version (PDF, 112KB) of the rules.

Quality Assurance (including External Evaluation and Review (EER)) rules

External Evaluation and Review (EER) Rules 2013:

New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) rules

The NZQF Qualification Listing and Operational Rules 2012 (PDF, 360KB), amended in 2016 (PDF, 152KB), and 2013 (PDF, 440KB). The original version of the rules (PDF, 360KB).

The Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 (PDF, 314KB), amended in 2017 (PDF, 824KB), 2016 (PDF, 152KB), 2015 (PDF, 164KB), and 2013 (PDF, 440KB). If you need to, you can also download the original version of the rules (PDF, 303KB).

Criteria for programme approval and accreditation (replaced by the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013)

Statutory policies for incentives and sanctions (incorporated into various of the rules above),

 

 
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