If you are developing a programme that leads to a qualification listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), the Education and Training Act requires you to get the programme approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
Prior to submitting your finalised programme to NZQA, a WDC’s endorsement is required for qualifications under our coverage.
If you are interested in delivering a programme, you also need to be accredited as a provider of that programme. More information on programme approval and accreditation is available on NZQA’s website here ›
We are committed to supporting you, as providers, to develop and gain approval for high quality programmes. Please kōrero with us while you are developing your programme so we can tohu (advise) you of any new rules, regulations, specifications or conditions since the qualification was listed.
Ohu Ahumahi, the collective of the six WDCs, have identified shared principles that will help providers to develop programmes. Learn about what these principles are, and what Muka Tangata is doing to support them.
The Muka Tangata tīma is committed to providing guidance for providers to develop and gain approval for high quality programmes. Learn about the WDC endorsement considerations and how they help ensure that programmes meet industry and learner needs.
Te ao Māori consideration was developed, as with the other considerations, to support equity for diverse learners. Learn about the consideration and its criteria, and how Muka Tangata is working to support providers to meet them.
As part of the NZQA programme approval process, you need to supply a letter of endorsement from the relevant WDC. Learn about how to request our endorsement for new and existing programmes.
Please allow 20 working days for us to process your request for programme support.
To be ready to deliver programmes in semester one of 2024, NZQA requires you to submit your application before 6 October 2023.
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