Conditions on the provision of the NZDipBus

On 21 December 2012 the New Zealand Qualifications Authority imposed the conditions below on accredited institutions offering the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6).

Read the questions and answers regarding English language entry requirements set by the conditions.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has imposed conditions on accredited institutions offering the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6). The conditions were issued under section 250A(4)and(5) of the Education Act 1989 (the Act) on 21 December 2012.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is placing the NZDipBus on the same footing as other tertiary qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework by moving various requirements into programme approval and accreditation requirements and qualification specifications.

Until the new business qualifications are developed, NZQA is setting, for all accredited institutions, the key requirements related to entry criteria, credit transfer and assessment of local prescriptions, recognition of prior learning (also known as assessment for prior learning), moderation, reporting and notification of results, award of the qualification, and transition arrangements from version 2 to version 3 of the qualification (including consideration of adverse effects on students) through conditions on the accreditation to provide the NZDipBus programme.

Statutory setting

Section 250A(4) of the Act allows NZQA to impose conditions on an accreditation of an institution to provide an approved programme, in the absence of any agreement from the institution. Before doing so, NZQA must give to the institution notice of intention to do so, give the institution a reasonable opportunity to respond to the notice, and consider any submissions made. The notice of intention was sent to all accredited institutions on 15 November 2012. All submissions have been considered and the response is set out in the attached analysis of the submissions.

These conditions will take precedence over any differing provisions within pre-existing permissions or allowances or within the wording of any programme approval or accreditation approval.

For the avoidance of doubt, these conditions take precedence over anything to the contrary in any discretionary regulations within an institution’s quality management system or in any programme regulations.

Conditions imposed

The conditions NZQA has imposed are as follows:

1. Student entry to NZDipBus programmes

2. Credit transfer and assessment of local prescriptions

3. Recognition of prior learning (also known as assessment of prior learning)

4. Moderation

5. Reporting and notification of results

6. Award of the NZDipBus

7. Transition arrangements for the NZDipBus (version 2 to version 3) including consideration of adverse effect(s) for students- no longer applicable.

Application of dates that these conditions apply from

Condition 1 applied to students who had been enrolled in the NZDipBus programme on or after 21 December 2012. This condition did not apply to international students whose visa applications for enrolment in NZDipBus at an accredited institution prior to 21 December 2012.

Conditions 2,3,4,5 and 6 apply from 21 December 2012.

1. Student entry to NZDipBus programmes 

Applicants must have either:

  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
  • 50 credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and
  • the literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at: Literacy requirements for University Entrance,

or equivalent to the above

or New Zealand University Entrance.

International students for whom English is not a first language must also either:

  • meet the English language proficiency outcomes for Diploma level 6 as set out in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013. Category 1 institutions as defined in these rules may avail themselves of the alternative permitted under rule 18.4 of these rules; or
  • complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

2. Credit transfer and assessment of local prescriptions 

Version 3

Note: New students must not be enrolled in this qualification after 31 December 2017.

A student may be credited with a maximum of four prescriptions (80 credits) through credit transfer and unspecified credit. These 80 credits may include:

i. a maximum of up to four national prescriptions through specified credit transfer (80 credits);

ii. a maximum of one unspecified credit transfer (20 credits);

iii. a maximum of two local prescriptions as unspecified credit (40 credits).

3. Recognition of prior learning - also known as assessment of prior learning 

Accredited institutions must report to NZQA any credits awarded as a result of recognition of prior learning (which is direct assessment of a student’s relevant and current knowledge and skills against prescription or qualification outcomes).

Recognition of prior learning must be reported under an 'R' code.

There is no limit to how many credits can be awarded by recognition of prior learning.

However, without limiting the requirements applying to private training establishments under the PTE Enrolment and Academic Records Rules 2012, the evidential basis for awarding recognition of prior learning to each student must be kept as a permanent record.

4. Moderation

Accredited institutions assessing NZDipBus prescriptions must engage in national external moderation and meet the following requirements:

  • meet moderation deadlines; and
  • submit required material for moderation on time; and
  • provide assessment materials, and make assessor decisions, that are fair, valid and consistent, and reflect prescription requirements.

5. Reporting and notification of results 

Accredited institutions must report students’ results to NZQA within two months of completion of each NZDipBus prescription.

Accredited institutions must issue in a timely manner result notices to students of each NZDipBus prescription.

6. Award of the NZDipBus 

A student has achieved version 3 of the NZDipBus when the student has:

  • achieved 240 NZDipBus credits of which at least 80 of those credits are at level 6; and
  • completed six of the seven core NZDipBus prescriptions; and
  • completed no more than 60 NZDipBus credits at level 4.

A minimum of 60 credits at level 6 must relate to assessed national NZDipBus prescriptions (as opposed to credit transfer or assessment of local prescriptions).

Only the prescriptions numbered from 400 to 699 may be used towards version 3 of the qualification.

7. Transition arrangements for the NZDipBus (version 2 to version 3)

The following transition arrangements apply:

  • version 3 of the NZDipBus (Level 6) became available from 1 July 2011;
  • any student enrolled for their first NZDipBus prescription delivered and assessed in a semester or term that started after 30 June 2011 may complete only version 3 of the qualification;
  • any student part way through version 2 of the qualification who enrolled on or before 30 June 2011 may elect to complete either version 2 or version 3 of the qualification;
  • the last date for award of version 2 was 30 June 2013.



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