Online programme accreditation application

This user guide is intended to support online users during the application process for programme accreditation.

About the application

The online application form provides detail to populate the NZQA database.

A full application includes documentation that demonstrates how your application meets the requirements set out in the:

Guidelines for programme approval and accreditation of New Zealand Certificates Levels 1-6 and New Zealand Diplomas Levels 5-7

 There are six sections in the application form. You must complete each section in order before progressing to the next, even if zero is inserted. Each section must be fully completed before submitting the application to NZQA for assessment.

  • Section 1: Contact details
  • Section 2: Programme overview
  • Section 3: Delivery and Assessment
  • Section 4: Assessment Standards
  • Section 5: Programme documents
  • Section 6: Comments

At any time, you can delete the application or return to TEO applications. If you return to TEO applications, any sections you have completed will not be lost. You can resume filling out the application.

The application process

When you submit this application, you will receive an auto generated email quoting an NZQA reference number. Use this number in future, if you need to email or speak to a member of staff about the application.

You will be notified when your application is assigned to an evaluator. You should expect this to happen within ten working days.

You will be invoiced for work on your application at NZQA’s current hourly rate.

Please direct any queries about this application to our client services team. Remember to include the NZQA reference number on all correspondence.

Before you get started

Before you begin this application, check you have:

  • finished the development of the application; and
  • the necessary consent to assess for any assessment standards that may be included in the programme, and
  • made an application for any assessment standards you don’t have consent to assess for.


Navigation hints

Click the Return to application overview link to leave the section you are in and return to the application summary screen.

Click the Return to TEO applications link to leave the application and return to your TEO applications summary page. Any sections you may have completed will be saved and you can resume filling out the application later.

Complete all fields marked with an asterisk (*), as these fields are mandatory.

Filling out the form

Section 1:

Contact details

Enter the name of the key contact person for this application. If NZQA requires more information, this is the person they will contact. An email address is required because auto-generated communications will be sent there.

Section 2:

Programme Overview

Search for the programme ID number or part of its title. Programme information will pre-populate.

Section 3:

Delivery and Assessment

This section is about delivery mode and methods.

For delivery mode, choose the overall delivery style: one or more of the following:

- Face-to-face (on campus / in a proximate manner)

- Distance (online (or by correspondence) / no site attendance required)

- Blended (both face to face and distance/online engagement is required.)

See approval criterion 3 in the Guidelines for more information.

Section 4:

Assessment standards

In this section, the information required relates to assessment standards only. If assessment standards will be used in the programme list all the assessment standards.

Section 5:

Programme documents

Upload the documents that support the application. This must include programme delivery documentation such as a staffing, timetable and resources. You must also supply supporting documents such as evidence of consultation and the self-assessment report if required. The Guidelines offer suggestions for each criterion.


Section 6:


Please add any comments about the programme or process here.

Note: If a recent application in the same subject area included the same supporting documents they do not need to be supplied again. Refer to the case number of that application, and the evaluator will locate them.

Submitting your application

Before submitting your application you will be asked to review the full application form. Please note that all sections of the application form will appear even if they are not applicable to the application to be submitted.

You are now ready to submit your application. Before you do, check:

- the two types of documents requested in Section 5 have been attached to your application; and

- you have consent to assess for any standards that are included in the programme.


When you click Submit Application, your application will appear in the TEO applications table. You can View your completed application, or Withdraw your completed application.

Note: After the application has been allocated to an Evaluator, please contact them if you need to make changes or withdraw the application.

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