Changes to standards and National Qualifications

Standards are reviewed on a regular basis. They may also be revised if changes need to be made outside of the formal review process.

National Qualifications have been reviewed as part of the Targeted Review of Qualifications, and have been replaced by the new New Zealand qualifications.

No major changes are being made to National Qualifications. They are in a transition process to remove them from the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

For transition arrangements, see Transitioning from current qualifications to New Zealand qualifications

Quality assurance processes to change standards

In a revision, changes are made to standards that maintain the achievability of the standard until it is next reviewed. Evidence of appropriate consultation is provided in support of the proposed changes.  A revised standard is published as a new version, but retains its original registration date.

review is a planned process that involves consultation with all stakeholder groups, and results in a new version of a standard, which is deemed fit for purpose. Reviewed standards are normally re-registered for a period of five years.

For more information on review and revision processes, see Changes to standards

Communication of changes

Change reports for DAS standards provide a monthly index of change reports for standards. Change reports cover: 

  • the rationale for the review
  • the changes made as a result of the review
  • extensions in the scope of provider accreditation
  • National Qualifications that reviewed standards are a part of
  • information about transition to new versions of standards or National Qualifications.


Updated April 2019

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