Guidelines for micro-credential listing, approval and accreditation

These guidelines provide information to support you in applying for listing and approval of a micro-credential you have developed, and/or accreditation to provide a micro-credential.

Download the interim draft guidelines for micro-credentials (PDF, 580KB)

What Rules your application needs to meet

About the interim draft guidelines

These guidelines set out the NZQA’s expectations for a quality application that meets the Rules.


  • address and explain each micro-credential listing requirement and approval and accreditation criterion
  • offer guidance on the evidence required to support an application.

This document is a work in progress and updates will be ongoing.

We will work with education organisations and workforce development councils to make improvements to the guidelines.

Feedback and questions

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