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.

Finding an education organisation

You can Search education organisations, filtering by:

Note that if an organisation has more than one delivery site, the result may be multiple entries for the same organisation. This is because different delivery sites may offer different programmes.

What if I don’t know what I’m looking for?

If you are choosing an education organisation to attend see Choosing an educational organisation.

If you are looking for a qualification to study, see Choosing a tertiary course or qualification.

These pages explain what you should look for when choosing an education organisation or qualification, especially if you’re looking for a private training establishment.

What does each education organisation do?

Government training establishment (GTE)

A state-owned organisation providing education or training (for example, NZ Police Training Service Centre, New Zealand Defence Force).

Transitional industry training organisation (transitional ITO)

From 1 April 2020, industry training organisations became transitional industry training organisations.

A transitional ITO is a body recognised under the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act 2020 as having transitional responsibility for setting standards and arranging the delivery of training for the specific sector or area it represents.

See the Directory of ITOs on the Tertiary Education Commission web site for the current coverage of each transitional ITO.

Transitional ITOs are not education providers but can assess against unit standards within specified fields of the Directory of Assessment Standards.

For more information on transitional ITOs see the Changes to the vocational education sector page.

Māori provider

Some registered providers identify themselves as Māori providers.

These educational institutions deliver Māori subjects, conduct their courses in a Māori environment, or focus specifically on the needs of Māori learners.

Te Pūkenga

From 1 April 2020, polytechnics/institutes of technology became subsidiaries of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST).

This was a provisional name, however, and later in 2020 NZIST took on the official name Te Pūkenga.

Te Pūkenga and its subsidiaries deliver technical, vocational and professional education.

They also promote research, particularly applied and technological research, that aids development.

For more information on this see the Changes to the vocational education sector page.

Private training establishment (PTE) 

A private organisation providing education or training (i.e. they are not state-owned).


There are primary, intermediate and secondary schools in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority deals mainly with secondary schools (years 11-13).

Standard setting body

A collective term that covers transitional industry training organisations, Workforce Development Councils and advisory groups.
NZQA recognises these organisations as the national body that represents a particular field and its experts. For that area, they list qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and the following on the Directory of Assessment Standards:

  • assessment standards
  • Consent and Moderation Requirements


Universities are diverse, with a wide range of teaching and research areas, especially at a higher level.

This teaching and research maintains, advances, disseminates, and assists the application of knowledge and develops intellectual independence.


A teaching and research institution that maintains, advances and disseminates knowledge, develops intellectual independence, and assists the application of knowledge regarding āhuatanga Māori (Māori tradition) according to tikanga Māori (Māori custom).

NZQA's statutory actions against education organisations

See the statutory actions page for a definition of NZQA's statutory actions and the current and applicable actions.

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