Moderation is a Quality Assurance System designed to achieve valid, fair and consistent assessment decisions across all assessors, in all situations.


Moderation also provides a vehicle to:

  • Identify where there is a need to improve assessment
  • Interpret standards and provide opportunity to adjust them in the future
  • Provide feedback on the quality of unit standards.

Moderation has two main components:


Internal moderation - the process of ensuring consistency with the national standards and between Skills Active assessors.


External moderation - the process run to ensure national consistency between tertiary education organisation (TEOs) including public and private tertiary education providers, industry training organisations, government training organisations, and school's.


The Skills Active Moderation System aim is to be demonstrative of the "Best Practice Moderation Principles" (developed by The Association of Polytechnics in New Zealand, The Industry Training Federation and New Zealand Association of Private Education Providers). These documents are available below.


Click the link below if you are interested in attending our 2017 Moderation Cluster Group Forum:


Moderation Cluster Group Forum 2017 Invitation and Programme

Moderation materials

Please send all materials for moderation to the address below:

Quality Solutions Team
Skills Active
PO Box 2183
Wellington 6140

OR email to:

Best Practice Assessment

Best Practice Moderation

Moderation Materials Cover Sheet

Pre-Assessment Moderation Template

External Moderation Plan 2017