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Quality and Standards

Quality assured education.



New Zealand has strong and rigorous quality assurance systems, regulated by a number of key government agencies, which ensure consistent, high quality education across all levels of the education system.You can be confident that any school you’re considering in New Zealand will meet the highest educational standards. The standard our schools adhere to are rigorously monitored and tested by the government, providing a consistently high level of education, wherever you choose to study. Strong quality controls are in place to ensure New Zealand qualifications and schools meet the highest educational standards.


New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)
The NZQF is a comprehensive list of all quality-assured qualifications in New Zealand. All qualifications listed on the NZQF have been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority or Universities New Zealand as being high quality, relevant and fit for the purpose of education.
Visit the NZQA websiteto check the any qualification you’re considering.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)


Universities must meet educational quality rules established by NZQA and financial and management quality requirements; set by the government’s Tertiary Education Commission and managed by Universities New Zealand. The process includes regular reviews of academic quality by independent panels including international auditors.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) services span the secondary and tertiary education sectors. NZQA administers the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) for secondary school students and is responsible for the quality assurance of non-university tertiary training providers.


  • develop, register and support the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)
  • manage the external assessment of secondary school students and moderate secondary schools’ internal assessment activities and processes
  • quality assure non-university tertiary education organisations and their courses, and moderate assessment activities and processes for national qualifications for NZQA-owned unit standards
  • maintain effective liaison with overseas certifying and validating bodies to recognise overseas educational and vocational qualifications in New Zealand, and achieve recognition of New Zealand qualifications overseas
  • act as a standard-setting body.

Universities New Zealand (UNZ)


Universities New Zealand (UNZ) – TePōkai Tara – provides quality assurance for university qualifications through its Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP), and through the independent Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA).
CUAP is charged with setting up and applying qualification and regulation approval, accreditation and programme moderation procedures across universities.
AQA supports universities in their achievement of standards of excellence in research and teaching through regular institutional audits and promoting quality enhancement practices across the sector.


Education Review Office (ERO)


The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services.
ERO’s education reviews focus on student learning and the ways in which school policies, programmes, processes and practices contribute to student engagement, progress and achievement. Its reports are used by parents, teachers, early childhood education managers, school principals and trustees, and by government policy makers.
ERO carries out several different types of reviews and evaluations – education reviews, homeschool reviews, cluster reviews of education institutions and services, contract evaluations and national evaluations on education topics.




New Zealand’s education system consistently passes the toughest quality test of all: how well other countries and employers regard it.

  • The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is New Zealand’s main national qualification at secondary school level and it is widely accepted around the world.
  • Australia recognises NCEA Level 3 as broadly equivalent to their Senior Secondary Certificates of Education and accepts it for applications for entry to their universities.
  • Britain recognises NCEA Level 3 as broadly equivalent to their General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level. It is used by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) to evaluate candidates for tertiary education.
  • As the United States of America has no central agency for tertiary admissions, entry applications are made to individual institutions and often involve entry exams. NCEA Level 3 (with Merit/ Excellence endorsements) is usually sufficient for consideration.
  • NCEA is also recognised in India, Thailand, Germany and within the European Union through a number of international agreements.
  • Bachelor degrees listed on the NZQF gained from New Zealand tertiary education institutions are widely recognised internationally, on the job market or for enrolment in postgraduate programmes.
  • Our vocational and training qualifications are recognised automatically in Australia.
  • As members of the Lisbon Qualification Recognition Convention New Zealand qualifications are more easily recognised in the 50 participating countries including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, United States of America, Canada and Australia.
  • If you’re interested in learning English you have the choice of general English classes with no specific qualification, or courses with an internationally recognised qualification.