CMR for NZQA Special Education [Ref: 0100]


Review of NZQA National Qualifications Services CMR


NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS) has completed the review of the Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) above.


Date new version published                                                             September 2019


The next CMR review is planned to take place during 2024.


Summary of review


The CMR for Special Education was last reviewed in May 2013.  Initial changes to the CMR were made in conjunction with principal users of the standards and then all organisations with consent to assess under this CMR were surveyed to determine any further changes.  This resulted in minor changes being made to the consent requirements as noted below.


A separate review of the Moderation requirements was undertaken by NZQA tertiary assessment and moderation experts, and the reviewed version will apply to all CMRs for NZQA Māori Qualifications Services and National Qualifications Services.


The title of the CMR was updated to reflect recent changes in the classification system relating to Special Education on the Directory of Assessment Standards.


Compliance with new requirements


Because the changes to these CMRs are not major, and often are less demanding than the current requirements or reflect current practice:

·           Requirements for consent to assess will apply with effect from September 2019.

·           Moderation system requirements will apply with effect from September 2019.

·           Organisations with consent to assess will be expected to be able to demonstrate compliance with the CMR from February 2020 onwards.


Main changes


CMR for NZQA Special Education [Ref: 0100]

CMR for NZQA Inclusive Education [Ref: 0100]


Requirements for Consent to Assess (RCA)


Visit waiver conditions

·         Updated for consistency with other NQS CMRs.


Industry or sector-specific requirements for consent to assess

·         Criterion 3 – unit standard 30421 was added as an option for demonstrating competence as an assessor, and the title of unit standard 11551 was updated.


Moderation Requirements (MR)


This section was revised to:

·         Reference the new NZQA business unit, Monitoring and Assessment.

·         Clarify responsibilities of the NZQA business units involved in the National External Moderation process.

·         Reflect online access to the moderation system.

·         Provide updated links to documents.


Moderation System

·         Moderation submission options and timeframes updated to reflect current practice.



·         Reference to Best Practice Workshops and additional moderator support added.

·         The rate charged for additional support or activities was increased to reflect the fees rate introduced on 1 July 2018.


Non-compliance with moderation requirements

·         Specific examples of NZQA actions added.



·         Information condensed and organisations referred to the NZQA website for specific details.