Quality assurance

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is the body primarily responsible for quality assurance matters in the tertiary education sector. 

It has overall national responsibility for the approval, accreditation and registration of tertiary education organisations (other than universities) and the programmes they provide.

NZQA also administers the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). The NZQF provides information on quality assured educational qualifications, including degrees, delivered by providers other than universities.

NZQA also maintains a register of accredited industry training organisations that can register assessors for the NZQF.


Quality assurance at universities

The New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (Universities New Zealand) is responsible for the approval and quality assurance of university qualifications.

The Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) is a standing committee of Universities New Zealand.  CUAP undertakes the approval and oversight of the quality of new qualifications. It also reviewed substantial changes to academic programmes at universities.

The Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities, an independent body established by Universities New Zealand, is responsible for the audit of processes and the enhancement of quality.


Professional and regulatory bodies

Some qualifications requires approval from relevant professional or regulatory bodies. Examples are:


  • Last changed: 8 September 2015
  • Last verified: 8 September 2015