National external moderation for tertiary education organisations

National external moderation systems are developed to ensure that assessment decisions about assessment standards are consistent nationally.

Every standard on the Directory of Assessment Standards is attached to a CMR (Consent and Moderation Requirements). The requirements section in the CMR sets out the national external moderation system that applies.

Workforce development councils (WDCs) manage the national external moderation of industry unit standards.

NZQA organises national external moderation of unit and achievement standards it is responsible for.

National external moderation guidelines for TEOs

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(PDF, 286KB)  This information is for tertiary education organisations (TEOs) that are assessing learners using standards moderated by NZQA.

To download the complete national external moderation guidelines, click the image on the left.

To view the guidelines online see the National external moderation guidelines.

Consent to assess

TEOs must gain consent to assess from NZQA before they can offer programmes of education and training that include assessment against standards on the Directory of Assessment Standards.

Once they have consent, TEOs must participate in the national external moderation system that applies.

Internal moderation

Internal moderation must be embedded in the quality management system of every TEO.

Internal moderation includes pre-assessment moderation of assessment materials and post-assessment moderation of learner work.

It can occur:

  • among assessors at a single site
  • at an organisation's multiple sites, or
  • among a transitional ITO's registered workplace assessors.

Internal moderation helps to ensure consistency of assessment within organisations, over time and between assessors.

Sample internal moderation cover sheet (DOCX, 41KB)

Feedback on NZQA-managed unit standards

If you have feedback on an NZQA-managed unit standard, please complete the feedback form for issues with unit standards (DOC, 853KB).

Contact us

Please email for all enquiries about the national external moderation of NZQA-managed standards.

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