May 2015
- 04 May 2015

Forms and attestations due

Annual Return and SFP audit opinions due 31 May 2015

Private training establishments with a financial year-end of 31 December 2014 need to submit to NZQA two documents by 31 May 2015:

NB: Category 1 providers who submitted the Chartered Accountant Professional Attestation in 2014 are not required to submit one in 2015.

Updated Chartered Accountant Professional Attestation

The Chartered Accountant Professional Attestation has been updated to reflect new standards that came into effect from 31 December 2014. Tertiary education organisations should ensure their accountant has the new form: Chartered Accountant Professional Attestation.

SFP attestation form due 12 June 2015

The quarterly attestation form for Student Fee Protection for the quarter ending 31 May 2015 is due at NZQA by 12 June 2015.

Download the form at: Quarterly student fee protection attestation.

Early reminder: Code of Practice attestation due 31 August 2015

The attestation form for Code of Practice signatories is due to NZQA by 31 August 2015.

The form is used to record signatories’ review of their performance and the accuracy and relevance of information provided to prospective and enrolled international students. This applies even when no international students are currently enrolled.

Download information and resources for self-review at: Annual self-review procedures.

Forwarding information and queries

Forward the above documents to: qaadmin@nzqa.govt.nz. For any queries about these requirements, contact Yvonne Collins, 04 463 3256, email: qaadmin@nzqa.govt.nz, or your sector relationship manager.

Lower fees for assuring consistency of graduate outcomes

NZQA has lowered the fees for assuring consistency of graduate outcomes for New Zealand and related qualifications at levels 1-6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. 

This follows feedback sought during February on proposals to change the schedule of consistency reviews per qualification cycle and hence reduce the fees.

The new fee structure retains the two-tier fee and introduces a full fee and a reduced fee for graduates of programmes using at least 60 per cent assessment standards. The reduced fee recognises that where assessment standards are used, payment of both the credit reporting fee and the consistency fee are required.

The following rates will apply:

New Zealand Qualifications

Fee per graduate

Full fee

(GST inclusive)

Reduced fee

(GST inclusive)

Levels 1 and 2

$14 per graduate

$12 per graduate

Levels 3-6

$20 per graduate

$16 per graduate

The primary driver of costs for assuring consistency is the number of reviews undertaken per qualification cycle. That is the period from when the qualification is listed to when it is next reviewed (up to a maximum of five years). 

The changes to the fee structure are a result of introducing a variable review schedule with the majority of qualifications now being scheduled for one consistency review (previously two) in the interval between listing and commencing the next qualification review. Qualifications where issues or risks are identified will be scheduled for more frequent review.

NZQA has advised tertiary education organisations of the changes to the fees. The new fees will apply from 1 July 2014 and be collected from mid-2015. The fee is collected in arrears once the qualification completion has been reported.

Recognition of foreign distance qualifications in China

New Zealand tertiary education organisations (TEOs) that deliver qualifications using distance delivery methods should be aware of the restrictions on the recognition of foreign distance qualifications in China.

The Chinese Service Center of Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) does not currently recognise foreign (including New Zealand) qualifications attained by students where credits have been earned through distance study.

CSCSE is a public institution affiliated to the Chinese Ministry of Education which provides services for Chinese students and scholars who wish to study abroad and to return from study abroad. CSCSE’s role includes responsibility for recognising qualifications completed by Chinese students who have studied abroad.

To protect the possibility of CSCSE recognition in the future (either for further study or work purposes) New Zealand TEOs should advise Chinese students wishing to undertake a New Zealand qualification that is either wholly or in part delivered or assessed by distance delivery methods, that CSCSE will not, on current settings put in place by China’s Education Ministry, recognise this qualification.

Discussion is underway between the New Zealand and Chinese governments on this matter, but progress is likely to take time. Steering Chinese students away from such qualifications remains necessary.

Consultation on English language requirements for international students

On 2 April 2015, NZQA invited comment on two proposed changes to Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. Rule 18 sets out the English language requirements for international students.

See: Proposed changes to English language requirements for international students.

On 17 April 2015, NZQA updated the consultation information to make a specific request for comment on the transition timeframe for any changes to Rule 18.

NZQA recognises that any changes to Rule 18 would need to give some providers time to adapt their current business processes before any changes to the rule take effect in time for it to apply to student recruitment for 2016. For this reason, we invite you to include in your submission to the consultation a response to the following:

‘What steps would be involved for your organisation to adapt your business processes and what time would you require to make these adaptations in order to comply with the proposed rule changes? Please include the reason for your response.’

 Please email your comments to QADconsultation@nzqa.govt.nz.

 The deadline for submissions is Friday 15 May 2015.

The Skills Organisation granted gazetted coverage for First Aid

In March 2015, The Skills Organisation was granted gazetted coverage for First Aid (ref NZ Gazette 26 March 2015).

Standard-setting responsibility for unit standards 6400, 6401, 6402, 26551, 26552 and 24549 is being transferred from NZQA National Qualifications Services to The Skills Organisation. As the current standard-setting body for pre-hospital emergency care, The Skills Organisation is well placed to take on this role.

What is happening with the review of first aid standards?

Unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402 are being reviewed and reinstated, while 26551 and 26552 are being expired.

Education organisations with consent to assess for unit standards 26551 and 26552 only, will automatically have their consent to assess extended to include unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402.

To minimise the impact on industry training organisations with qualifications containing 26551 and 26552, a last date for assessment of 31 December 2019 has been set.

What happens about national external moderation?

The Skills Organisation is now responsible for national external moderation of the above standards, and will contact education organisations who have indicated to NZQA that they will be assessing First Aid standards to confirm national external moderation requirements for 2015.

Enquires to 0508 SKILLS or support@skills.org.nz.

What about training requirements?

The document First Aid as a Life Skill: Training Requirements for Quality Provision of Unit Standards-based First Aid Training remains current. Education organisations with NZQA accreditation to train and assess first aid must continue to meet these requirements following the transfer of standard-setting.


Insurance cover for international students

Code signatories are reminded that they must ensure that international students they enrol have appropriate current medical and travel insurance for the duration of their planned period of study in New Zealand.

Providers are also encouraged to remind their international students that under the terms of their student visas, students are required to have appropriate insurance cover for the entire duration of the visa, as per Immigration New Zealand requirements.

For any queries, please email code.enquiries@nzqa.govt.nz.

QAD on the web

Moderation plans available

TEO moderation plans for 2015 for NZQA-managed standards are now available online.

To access your moderation plan, log into your TEO home page on the NZQA website and click on the moderation plan link. This will open a printable moderation plan. Moderation plans are only available online and will not be posted.

Subscribe to eQuate  

You can subscribe to eQuate through the ‘sign up’ link on the eQuate section of the website.

Actions/information summary for TEOs May-June 2015

SubjectAction byInformation

SFP Audit

To NZQA within five months of PTE’s financial year-end

For PTEs with a financial year-end of 31 December 2014, due 31 May 2015

Annual Return (Statutory Declaration and Chartered Accountant Professional Attestation)

To NZQA within five months of PTE’s financial year-end

For PTEs with a financial year-end of 31 December 2014, due 31 May 2015

SFP quarterly attestation Quarter ending 31 May 2015

12 June 2015 to NZQA

No longer required for standard trusts – only for static trusts, bank bonds or insurance

Compliance declaration

Submission of self-assessment material

Not an annual requirement; only required prior to the TEO’s external evaluation and review

Fit and Proper Person and Conflict of Interest declarations

With new applications for registration; also, for proposed new governing members* of registered PTEs

*See Section 232 of the Education Act 1989 for the definition of governing member

Must be completed by all new governing members before commencing in the role, and at any time when an existing governing member has a new conflict of interest or change in fit and proper status.

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