Providers and partners

About education organisations

An education organisation can be any educational organisation supplying education and/or training and/or assessment services to learners. A wide range of programmes and qualifications are offered in New Zealand.

Education organisations can be accredited to deliver programmes leading to the award of New Zealand qualifications. Before applying for accreditation, private and government training establishments must be recognised by NZQA. Read more »

NZQA's quality assurance system for tertiary education organisations

NZQA operates an integrated quality assurance system where all the components support each other.

This quality assurance system is based on the Evaluative Quality Assurance Framework (EQAF). It covers all of the tertiary education sector, except universities. Read more »

Guidelines and forms

This page contains links to documentation for providers in the tertiary sector. Read more »

Consistency of graduate outcomes

Consistency of graduate outcomes provides assurance that all graduates of New Zealand qualifications meet the outcomes to an equivalent, nationally acceptable standard.

Graduates can get a New Zealand qualification through a range of education organisations. More than one programme can lead to a single New Zealand qualification.

Assuring national consistency supports the credibility of New Zealand qualifications, both in New Zealand and internationally. Read more »

Approval, accreditation and registration

Approval, accreditation, and registration define NZQA's quality requirements for education organisations and the programmes they provide. Read more »

Monitoring and Assessment

NZQA has a Monitoring and Assessment team within the Quality Assurance Division. Read more »

External evaluation and review
Assessment and moderation of standards
Submitting results and awarding qualifications and micro-credentials

Providers are required to report information to NZQA to ensure that records of learner achievement are maintained. Read more »

Interim domestic Code of Practice (current)

The Education (Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary Students) Interim Code of Practice 2019 (the interim Code) came into effect on 1 January 2020.

For more information on how the Education (Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary Students) Interim Code of Practice 2019 was developed, see the Ministry of Education page.

A new Code of Practice from 1 January 2022

There will be a new Code of Practice that applies from 1 January 2022.

See the Tertiary and international Code of Practice page for more information.

Covid-19: September 2021 Update

The lockdown has been immensely stressful for many students. Changing Alert Levels – even if restrictions are eased – can be a time of increased stress and anxiety, as students are required to make new adjustments. 

The number one priority continues to be the wellbeing of students and ensuring they remain safe during this time. 

We encourage providers to continue to uphold their international Code and domestic Code obligations. 

Student Accommodation 

As many students will be living in student accommodation during lockdown and as Alert levels change, please note that tertiary student accommodation providers must ensure the following: 

  • Appropriate welfare checks on residents, including regular checks on those identified as being at risk.

  • Managerial oversight of accommodation staff at all times (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) so that issues can be escalated when they occur.

  • Clear processes within student accommodation for responding to instances of resident behaviour that pose a risk to self or others.

  • Clear and timely escalation processes for any incidents.

  • Holding the contact details of a nominated person should a resident’s wellbeing or behaviour cause concern.

  • Providing residents with learning and peer support on self-care, positive wellbeing and how to access pastoral care services – through the provider and/or the wider community. 

Alert Levels 3 and 4 may require changes to your practice so please refer to the Guidelines for Tertiary Education Organisations on how to operate under different Alert Levels for further information. 

Student voice

We encourage you to keep in close contact with your students and continue using student voice (Outcome 6, interim domestic Code) to ensure their voices are heard and integrated into decisions and support services needed at this time. 

For example, consider inviting a student representative to your team meetings to act as a communication channel, or actively ask students during your regular welfare checks for their feedback as to what would help them right now. 

Other sources of information

  • The Ministry of Education releases tertiary bulletins as a central channel for communicating key COVID-19 information to tertiary education providers and students. You can read these here.

  • The Ministry of Health website contains a useful range of mental health and wellbeing resources your staff may find useful for themselves, or to assist students. These resources can be found here.

The NZQA Code team is here to help, so please get in touch for support or advice either via 0800 697 296 or Read more »

International Code of Practice (current)
Tertiary and International Code of Practice (from 1 January 2022)
Offshore use of qualifications and programmes

Qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) can be used offshore. This page provides information about the development of programmes and qualifications for use in countries other than New Zealand. Read more »

Reform of Vocational Education

In 2020, the government implemented reforms of the vocational education sector to create a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education system that is fit for the future of work and delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive. The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) includes seven key changes.

NZQA has recently completed consultation on options for simplifying the vocational qualifications system. Further information can be found on the consultation resources page Read more »

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