Provider programme approval

We've partnered with industry to develop a wide range of exciting qualifications across sport, recreation and the performing arts. If you're intending to deliver your own programme of study leading to a qualification, then you'll need NZQA approval.If you are interested in delivering your own programme of study that leads to a NZQA qualification, the Education Act 1989 section 249 requires you to get your programme approved. You also need to be accredited as a provider of that programme. 

More information on programme approval and accreditation is available here.


Our role in programme approval

If you're interested in delivering a programme linked to one of our qualifications, you need to consult with us. We check that the programme you've designed fits within the qualification guidelines and is able to be effectively delivered and assessed in your context. 

To help those proposing to provide a programme of study, we are working closely with industry to develop guidance documents that outline specific conditions and requirements relating to the graduate profile outcomes in the qualifications. We'll continue to add this guidance as the specification documents are developed. 
You can find these on the programme specifications page.
Please note that the 2019 deadline for submitting programme support requests is 11 September.

This is to ensure we have enough time to consider applications to meet the NZQA programme submission cut-off date of 11 October 2019.

There is no fee for us to provide comment on your proposed programme. However, if you're looking for more detailed input into your programme design, there might be a cost to this.

As part of the NZQA programme approval process, you need to supply a letter of acknowledgement from the relevant industry training organisation, that confirms you have consulted with the qualification developer.

Before we can help you with this, we need some information from you. We've listed this information below. 

We also need you to complete a  Programme Consultation form  and to send this through to us with the other information.

You can email us with the following information when you're ready:

  • A  completed Programme Consultation Form
  • Overview of industry input into the programme development, e.g. advisory group composition and process
  • Programme overview (practicum/theory hours, assessment approach)
  • Evidence that the guidance in the qualification document has been considered when developing the programme.
Please allow 20 working days for processing.

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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.

Still wondering about something?

If you've got any questions, get in touch and ask for our Quality Solutions team!

You can send your programme consultation documents to us at: 

Skills Active
PO Box 2183
Wellington 6140

Or email: 



Forms and documents