Our quality assurance services

Skills Active has quality assurance systems in place which ensure that schools and providers are able to deliver quality programmes that are fairly and consistently assessed. 

Our quality assurance services are about effective monitoring systems and processes to make sure assessments against our unit standards are fair, valid and consistent, and meet industry and NZQA standards.

We help organisations gain consent to assess against the New Zealand standards, and we support external moderation. We also consult with providers looking for NZQA approval for a programme of study leading to a New Zealand qualification. 

This ensures that assessment decisions across all organisations are consistent with the national standards.

Consent to assess

School and providers that want to assess students against any of our unit standards will need consent to assess. Getting this consent involves preparing and submitting an application to NZQA, and getting a letter of support from us. 

The requirements for consent to assess are different for different industries - you'll need to read through the Consent and Moderation Requirement documents (CMRs) for the unit standards you want to assess. The CMRs are put together by us, with the help of industry, and they're listed on the NZQA website. 

Find the Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) documents you're looking for, either in the list below, or by searching for the reference number  here.

Ref: 0099 - for community recreation, environment, outdoor recreation and ngā mahi ā te rēhia, snowsport, sport, fitness, and diving

Ref: 0102 – for outdoor recreation and ngā mahi ā te rēhia

Ref: 0069 – for fitness

Ref: 0180 - for diving

Ref: 0050 – for outdoor equipment, snowsport and diving

You can find out more about all of this on our Consent to assess page.


We also play a part in making sure schools and providers maintain quality management systems, to ensure quality assessment standards are kept.   

We ask schools and providers to participate in moderation, to make sure assessment practices are consistent and fair, and meet the national standard. There are two components to our moderation system: pre-assessment and post-assessment moderation. 

More detail on the processes can be found on our Moderation page.

Provider programme approval

Sometimes tertiary providers will choose to deliver a programme of study that leads to one of our qualifications. 

If this is you, you'll need to apply to NZQA for approval of your programme. Approved programmes can only be delivered by accredited providers, so you might also need to look at the accreditation process too!

We've got a part to play in this process, making sure that the designed programme fits with the qualification.

You can find more information about this here.

Find out more about how these processes work

Consent to assess

Consent to assess is awarded to an organisation when it has shown it is capable of delivering an approved course or assessing against unit standards. 


Schools and providers who have consent to assess any of our programmes need to participate in moderation to ensure consistent and fair assessment practice across the board.

Provider programme approval

This is for providers who need approval for a programme they have designed to fit with a qualification Skills Active has developed. 

Forms and documents