Acronyms for the tertiary education sector can be confusing, especially for those new to the sector.  Check out the list below if you’re in the dark!

ACE Adult and Community Education


Annual Maximum Fee Movement
AMP Analyse My Performance
CSV Comma-Separated Values
EFTS Equivalent Full-Time Student
EPI Education Performance Indicator
ESAA Education Sector Authorisation and Authentication
ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages
ILN Intensive Literacy and Numeracy

International Standard Classification of Education


Industry Training Organisations


Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

ITR Industry Training Register
LCP Limited Credit Programme
LLN  Literacy, Language and Numeracy
LNAAT Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool
MACs Modern Apprenticeships Co-ordinators
MoE Ministry of Education
NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement
NSI National Student Index
NSN National Student Number
NZQF New Zealand Qualifications Framework
NZQA New Zealand Qualifications Authority
NZSCED New Zealand Standard Classification of Education
OTEPs Other Tertiary Education Providers (now referred to as PTEs)
PBRF Performance-Based Research Fund
PTEs Private Training Establishments
PLF Performance-linked Funding
QAC Qualification Award Category
REAPs Rural Education Activities Programme providers
SAC Student Achievement Component
SCP Supplementary Credit Programme
SDR Single Data Return
SMS Student Management System
STAR Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource
STEO Services for Tertiary Education Organisations (website)


Standard Training Measures
TEIs Tertiary Education Institutions (universities, ITPs and wānanga)
TEOs Tertiary Education Organisations
TES Tertiary Education Strategy
WPL Workplace Literacy and Numeracy
YG Youth Guarantee
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