Registering micro-credentials

To list a micro-credential, providers must first apply to the relevant Workforce Development Council (WDC) for a letter of support.

WDC support is now required before education providers can seek approval from NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) for micro-credentials. The benefits of this are that WDCs understand industry needs and the qualifications system well.

If you’re an education provider looking to register a micro-credential, we encourage you to look for relevant workforce development information published on our websites to check if your planned micro-credential meets industry needs.

Talk to a WDC about your plans early in the development process so that we can give you advice about your planned micro-credential.

How to apply

Once you have developed your micro-credential, you will need to complete the NZQA micro-credential application form, and our application, before approaching us for support.

We will review your application and consider the following:

  1. Does it add value to industry, learners and community?
  2. Does it meet an industry need?
  3. Does it have a coherent structure?
  4. Does it address a skills or pathway gap?

Support from a WDC does not guarantee that NZQA will list the micro-credential or that Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) will fund it. 

Follow these steps to get our support for your micro-credential

  1. Complete the NZQA application form.
  2. Complete our our application
  3. Submit your application to us by email to [email protected]. We’ll get back to you within 20 working days with our decision. If you’re successful, you’ll receive a letter of support from us.
  4. Send the letter of support you receive from us and your NZQA application to NZQA to be processed.
  5. NZQA will process your application.