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Accreditation is the process that ensures all Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) looking to deliver and assess The Skills Organisation’s unit standards have the right resources (people, equipment and facilities) to do it successfully. To be accredited TEOs must gain Consent to Assess.Consent to Assess involves an evaluation of the ability of a TEO to deliver and assess specific unit standards registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

Submitting an application

There are five steps to gaining consent to assess with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). We can help you through the early stages of the application process before you work directly with the NZQA.

    1. The first step is to seek support from The Skills Organisation as your ITO. If you meet our industry requirements, you’ll receive a letter from us supporting your application to NZQA.
    2. Complete a Consent to Assess form and supply details of the scope you are intending to cover. To help you, all the domains and unit standards available within our scope of standard setting responsibility can be viewed on the NZQA web site. Download the Consent to Assess form
    3. Provide a copy of your Quality Management System (QMS) document – Your organisation will have a copy of this.
      Provide a detailed response to our Consent and Moderation requirements – You can find these on the NZQA website (for details see About Consent and Moderation Requirements section below)
    4. Provide evidence to support your application – please include anything that will assist us in making our decision e.g. evidence of staff qualifications, letters of support from industry etc.

Once you have completed the Consent to Assess form, email the form and all other relevant information to the Consent to Assess email. Once we receive your application and supporting documentation, we’ll advise you on the next steps.

About Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMRs)

CMRs are developed by standard-setting body for each unit standard and achievement standard registered on the Directory of Assessment Standards. The CMR outlines the specific criteria for consent to assess against standards and national external moderation.

Documents for the following CMRs can be found on the NZQA website (insert the CMR id number below in the search box).

    • CMR 0003: Electrotechnology, Telecommunications, Emergency Services, Offender Management, Security, Financial Services, Insurance Services, Contact Centres, Occupational Health and Safety, Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying, Lifting Equipment, Cranes, and Real Estate
    • CMR 0121: Public Sector Services, Career Practice, Injury Prevention, Cadet Forces, Compliance and Law Enforcement, Defence, Police, and Environment
    • CMR 0230: First Aid
    • CMR 0223: Civil Defence
    • CMR 0039: Fire and Rescue
    • CMR 0046: Compliance and Law Enforcement

Application fees

Our fees associated with the processing your request are standard as defined by the NZQA for these activities. The fees incurred are determined by our degree of involvement and the complexity of your application. Pricing below excludes GST:

    • Administration fee (all applications) – $75
    • Evaluation of documentation only – $150
    • Evaluation of documentation and site visit, of up to one day duration – $400
    • Additional people involved in a site visit – $300
    • Additional time on site (for each half day) – $150
    • Advising a provider preparing for accreditation – $ 75 per hour
    • Air travel and accommodation (actual and reasonable expenses) – charged at cost
    • Car travel – $0.74 per km

We will confirm and advise the scope of our activities in regard to your consent to assess before we commence incurring costs, and in all cases we will actively seek to minimise any travel related.

Reimbursement for ‘actual and reasonable’ travel and accommodation expenses will be charged.