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Consultation on RoVE rules changes for schools offering NZ Certificates
A2020/4 - 12 Feb 2020


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Consultation on RoVE rules changes for schools offering NZ Certificates

On 1 April 2020, changes to legislation will take effect, resulting in significant structural changes to implement the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE).

NZQA is amending its rules to reflect the changes in legislation.

What these changes mean for schools

  • There are no changes in the short term for schools with existing Accreditation, Programme Approvals, and Consent to Assess for Unit Standards.
  • Proposed changes to the Rules for Programme Approvals will over time require schools to gain endorsement of new programmes leading to an industry qualification from the relevant Workforce Development Council, prior to seeking final Programme Approval from NZQA.
  • Schools applying to extend their Consent to Assess to include industry Unit Standards will over time be expected to have their ability to meet consent and moderation requirements assessed by the relevant Workforce Development Council, as the new standard-setting body.
  • It will be business as usual for any schools that have formal agreements, such as MoUs with their local Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), as the role of ITPs transfers to ITP subsidiaries on 1 April.

Proposed changes to the Rules reflect changes in legal status of the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs). The changes will also reflect the functions of the new Workforce Development Councils (WDCs), where appropriate.

Invitation to be consulted on proposed Rules changes

NZQA welcomes feedback from schools on the proposed Rules changes.

The consultation period closes on 24 February 2020.

If you wish to be consulted, please contact:

Frank Moran
School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3142

NZQA would also like to receive feedback about the proposed Rules changes from those schools with existing Accreditation and Programme Approvals.

Background about RoVE changes

From 1 April 2020, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) will be established. The existing Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) will become subsidiaries of NZIST. These changes are not likely to have any impact on schools in the short term, while Workforce Development Councils are being established.

From 1 April the Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) will become Transitional ITOs. Six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) will be established by June 2021, with industry coverage based on vocational pathways. As WDCs become established, the standard-setting function of ITOs and some of NZQA’s standard setting functions will transfer to the relevant WDCs.

The training function of ITOs will also transfer to providers over time. ITOs are responsible for developing transition plans; and these will include transition arrangements for any Trades Academies and other joint activities.

More information on RoVE can be found at:

Circulars are available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website here


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