Changes to how we work together: Critical information for schools and providers

Important changes are coming up in how schools and tertiary education providers will get support with key processes: pre and post moderation, consent to assess, and programme endorsement.


From 4 October 2021, Skills Active will no longer be able to provide these services, as it will cease to be the standard setting body for schools and providers using sport, exercise, recreation and performing arts unit standards.

It’s vital that you are ready for this change, and this page includes key dates to be aware of.

Under the government’s reform of vocational education, Skills Active will hand over its standard setting responsibilities to Toi Mai - the new workforce development council for the creative, culture, recreation and technology industries. 

What does this mean for schools and providers?

From 4 October, Toi Mai will take over developing, reviewing and moderating standards and qualifications, and helping education organisations with programme endorsement and consent to assess support. 

On the right, we’ve outlined the dates when Skills Active will cease to provide these services. From then on, schools and providers will need to send applications to Toi Mai. Toi Mai will provide advice on its new processes in due course.

Some things are not changing

After the transition date on 4 October, Skills Active will still work with schools and tertiary education providers!

Our learning and assessment resources for schools will remain up-to-date and available for purchase - check out our Resource Catalogue

We will still work with schools to arrange work-based experience and assessment programmes, such as Gateway, and programmes covered by three-way Memorandums of Understanding between school, workplace and Skills Active

We will still arrange on-job training programmes for workplaces in the recreation, sport, exercise, snowsport and performing arts industries

We will continue to train and moderate industry assessors

We will still be a conduit for the flow of information between industry and educators.

Final projects

Entertainment and Event Technology and Operations Levels 1 to 3 unit standard review (previously known as Performing Arts Technology)

Skills Active has completed the review of these unit standards. Visit the NZQA website for new versions of the standards. Thank you to our Expert Advisory Group members and everyone who contributed their time and expertise to help develop these. The NZQA website has a high level summary of the changes made, including replacement relationships.

These standards are now part of the Base Scope of Assessment for Schools, which means that all schools in New Zealand are able to use these without needing to apply for consent to assess.

Please note that where a school uses its own resources, these will need to be pre-moderated (keeping the above deadline in mind).

Skills Active is in the process of developing assessment resources for these standards that will be available in September 2021. Schools can continue to use the existing standards until the end of 2022, but we strongly recommend all schools now plan to switch to using the new standards and resources in the 2022 year.

Outdoor Recreation Levels 1 to 3 unit standard review

We have submitted the new and reviewed unit standards to NZQA for evaluation and listing on the NZQF. This process will take several months to complete, but we are working to ensure the new standards are available by Q4 so you have time to plan for their use in the 2022 school year.  Where there is a replacement relationship between standards, we have requested that consent to assess scope is automatically updated for new and reviewed unit standards.

Key dates

To allow us time to process your applications and provide a seamless handover to Toi Mai, the following dates apply.

3 SEPTEMBER 2021 is the last date for Skills Active to receive:

consent to assess applications

pre moderation applications

post moderation submissions

applications for programme endorsement support letters.

4 OCTOBER 2021 is the last date for Skills Active to:

complete all unit standard and qualification review projects.

Please note that applications submitted close to deadline will need to be comprehensive and well-prepared, with nothing left out, in order for us to process them in time.

The Ministry of Education has provided advice on the reform of vocational education and changes for schools.

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