Foundation and Bridging

The purpose of this project is to develop a consistent, cohesive package of unit standards as potential assessment tools for use in programmes leading to the 2020-2021 reviewed qualifications in Foundation and Bridging (FaB).

The main target learners for the unit standards are those working towards award of a Foundation and Bridging (FaB) qualification, engaging or re-engaging with learning to prepare them for further learning and employment.

These standards may also be used in other programmes of learning and study, in secondary school and tertiary contexts.

Current review

Call for unit standard panellists

Closing date for panel applications Monday 14 June 2021


Review/development panel

We invite expressions of interest to be involved in this review/development either as a panel writer or as a member of our email consultation network.

The panel will meet for two or three, 2-day face-to-face meetings in June – August, followed by shorter electronic meetings to respond to consultation feedback and feedback from NZQA quality assurance.

The panel will include people who collectively have:

  • expertise in teaching in Foundation Education
  • experience in assessment, design and moderation of unit standards in the subfields:

-Communication Skills, domains: Interpersonal Communications, Reading, and Writing

-Computing, domain: Generic Computing

-Core Generic, domains: Self-Management, Social and Cooperative Skills, Financial Capability and Work and Study Skills

  • involvement in the review of NZ Certificates in Foundation and Bridging, related projects, reviews and programme implementation
  • commitment to the use of unit standards as assessment tools in programmes
  • commitment to open communication, collaborative problem solving, and teamwork.

The panel will have balanced representation from across the community and education sector.

Members of the panel will be paid a sitting fee, and travel and accommodation expenses will be met by NZQA.

Application to be a panel member can be made by completing an application form (DOCX, 92KB) and sending it to by Monday 14 June, 2021.

Email consultation network

The email consultation network will receive updates on progress between meetings and be given opportunity to comment on issues and drafts of the unit standards prior to and after national consultation.

To join the email consultation network please email and confirm your interest.

Resources and links


For more information and/or comments regarding the development of Foundation and Bridging unit standards, please email:

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