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Micro-credential equivalency on the NZQF

NZQA can assess your organisation’s micro-credential and provide you with a statement of equivalency in terms of credits and level on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

This service is available to all organisations that are not recognised Tertiary Education Organisations in New Zealand. This includes employers, regulatory and professional bodies and international providers of education.

Register of equivalency

The following micro-credentials have been assessed for equivalency on the NZQF (level and credit value only):

TitleOrganisationNZQF levelCredit value
Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing (Micro-credential) Statistics New Zealand 3 5
Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Assessment and Risk Management (Micro-credential) Statistics New Zealand 4 5
Certificate in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and SCADA Systems (Micro-credential) Engineering Institute of Technology Pty Ltd, operating as Engineering Institute of Technology 5 8
Certificate of Effective Practice in Gifted Education (Micro-credential) Reach Education Consultancy 6 15
Certified Holistic and Performance Nutritionist (Micro-credential) Holistic Performance Limited 6 35
Certified Holistic and Performance Nutrition Coach (Micro-credential) Holistic Performance Limited 5 35
Growsafe Basic (Micro-credential) New Zealand Agrichemical Education Trust (NZAET), operating as Growsafe 2 5
Growsafe Standard (Micro-credential) New Zealand Agrichemical Education Trust (NZAET), operating as Growsafe 3 10
Health Coach Certificate (Micro-credential) Clinical Nu Ltd, trading as PreKure 5 30
McKenzie Friend Professional (Micro-credential) McKenzie Friend Professionals Limited 5 20
Mediaworks Sales Capability Development Training Scheme (Micro-credential) MediaWorks New Zealand 5 30
Wellington Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Certificate of Complex Neonatal Nursing Practice (Micro-credential) Capital and Coast District Health Board, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Wellington Regional Hospital 8 28
Workplace and Employee Response During a Pandemic (Micro-credential) Tertiary NZ Limited 3 5

Employers and micro-credentials

As an employer with training needs that could be met through a micro-credential, you could consider either:

  • working with a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) or Industry Training Organisation to deliver/arrange the training that your business needs approved by NZQA as a micro-credential. Under this option, the delivery and achievement of a micro-credential would be quality assured by NZQA; or
  • having your micro-credential assessed for equivalency by NZQA.

What is the benefit of having my micro-credential assessed for equivalency by NZQA?

Your micro-credential might be determined by NZQF as being equivalent to 20 credits at Level 4 on the framework. You can then share this equivalency statement with your employees/ other stakeholders or customers. NZQA will also publish a register of all the micro-credentials which have been assessed for equivalency.

As an employer, this could benefit your business by encouraging and supporting your employees to gain the skills and knowledge that are needed for your business’s future success.

For your employees, this could assist them to understand the value of the micro-credential and assist them in their own career planning and lifelong learning.

Under this service, the delivery and achievement of the micro-credential is not quality-assured by NZQA.

How do I apply to have my micro-credential assessed for equivalency by NZQA?

To determine the equivalency of a micro-credential, NZQA will need information from you on the aims of the micro-credential, the content of the learning (teaching) programme and how your employees/ students will be assessed.

The application form is available here (DOCX, 88KB).

We will process your application within 15 working days.

What else do I need to know?

The register of equivalency list will be periodically reviewed to make sure that it is up-to-date.

NZQA will also investigate any concerns that it is made aware of. This could result in removing the micro-credential from the list.

How much does it cost?

Number of applications for equivalencyCost

$900 (excluding GST)

Additional costs at $190 per hour (excluding GST) if it takes longer than four hours to process

2-10 (maximum)

$1820 (excluding GST)

Additional costs at $190 per hour (excluding GST) if it takes longer then eight hours to process

The fee must be paid when submitting the application.

For payment instructions, see the application form (DOCX, 88KB).

Further information

For more information about the equivalency service, email

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