Qualification and Micro-credential Listing and Operational Rules 2022

5. Further details for qualifications listed at levels 1 to 6 and diplomas at level 7

  1. Compliance with rule 5.2 by a university is required only where the title of a qualification sought to be listed by the university begins with the words “New Zealand”.
  2. Subject to rule 5.1, qualifications at levels 1 to 6 and diplomas at level 7, in addition to the details in rule 4.1, must also contain the following details:
    1. for titles in English, the generic stem of the title (except for NCEA) must begin with the words "New Zealand" (and for the purposes of section 390(3) of the Act, this amounts to NZQA consent to use the words "New Zealand") or, for qualifications with a predominant use in one or more other countries, must begin with the acronym "NZQCF":
    2. after the words "New Zealand" or "NZQCF" (except for NCEA) will be the qualification type, then the designator that identifies the main discipline or subject field of the qualification, followed by its level:
    3. the title may include other qualifiers such as:
      1. the country or countries other than New Zealand in which it has a predominant use:
      2. optional discipline and focus qualifiers:
      3. strands that recognise achievement or specialties:
    4. the title must not include the name of a person, organisation, or product unless the applicant satisfies the quality assurance body that there is a sound educational justification for the inclusion:
    5. a suitable specification that contains the mandatory conditions set out in rule 5.3 and the optional conditions set out in rule 5.4 for programmes leading to the award of the qualification, which must enable the qualification to be achieved through a range of contexts and learning pathways.
  3. For the purposes of rule 5.2(e) mandatory conditions include:
    1. a description of the minimum relevant and necessary evidence for use by tertiary education organisations to demonstrate how the graduates have met the graduate outcomes for the purpose of assuring consistency:
    2. any pre-requisites to meet regulatory body or legislative requirements, such as for health and safety:
    3. in relation to standards listed on the Directory of Assessment and Skill Standards, where there are:
      1. suitable skill standards on the Directory that fit with the listed purpose and outcome statement required by rule 4.1(c) and (d), those skills standards must be set out:
      2. standards required for meeting legislative or professional registration requirements, those standards must be set out:
    4. the minimum standard of achievement, and standards for grade endorsements such as merit or excellence (where applicable).
  4. For the purposes of rule 5.2(e) optional conditions include:
    1. entry requirements, including a range of contexts and learning pathways, and minimum literacy levels:
    2. general guidance for programme developers:
    3. the context for delivery or assessment:
    4. any practicum requirements.


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