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What is Accreditation New Zealand ?

All higher education institutions (HEIs [ Higher Education Institutes ] ) in New Zealand are required to obtain external approval for new programmes and the addition of new majors to degrees to access central government funding. The Education Amendment Act 1990, provides for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to act as an approval and accreditation body for national qualifications and qualifications developed by a single institution. This Act also provides for New Zealand Vice Chancellors' Committee (NZVCC), through CUAP, in lieu of the Authority to set up their own approval and accreditation process for new programmes and majors offered in universities (Authority, 1993). Consequently, the approval process for a degree to be developed and taught in a University is determined by CUAP, whereas for a degree to be developed and taught by a polytechnic is determined by the NZQA approval process. New Zealand Bachelor's degrees are recognised for enrolment in postgraduate programmes at universities throughout the world, subject to the normal grade and subject-specialisation requirements. NZQA registers private education providers and recommends the approval of government training establishments to the Minister of Education. It accredits and audits educational institutions and other registered learning establishments that offer approved courses and award credit for registered qualifications. It also accredits industry-training organisations to register workplace assessors. All registered education providers and approved courses and qualifications outside the universities are listed on NZQA's website
Link : www.nzqa.govt.nz

Accreditation Process: The New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Quality assurance in university programs is the responsibility of the New Zealand Vice Chancellors’ Committee (NZVCC).The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) was designed by the Qualifications Authority to provide nationally recognized, consistent standards and qualifications. NQF qualifications are quality assured and nationally recognized. Administered by the Qualifications Authority, the NQF is a way of structuring national qualifications.
To become registered, the institution must meet the requirements of Quality Assurance Standard One. Additional information on Quality Assurance Standard One is available on the Qualifications Authority’s website
Link : www.nzqa.govt.nz/for-providers/aaa/resources.html

Once an institution is registered, it may then apply for accreditation to award credits from the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and for approval of courses and accreditation to deliver them. Registered providers may deliver courses that are not yet approved by the Qualifications Authority to domestic students, but students will not be able to access loans and allowances and the provider will not be eligible for government funding. However, program accreditation is required for all courses that enroll international students. Additionally there are exceptions which allow an institution to begin offering courses and programs that have gone through the process of accreditation but have not yet received the final stamp of approval. Generally this is because the accreditation committee may not be scheduled to meet before the course is scheduled to begin.
Engineering education programmes in New Zealand are subject to general quality assurance requirements as a precondition of government funding. To date, all of the New Zealand tertiary providers of engineering degrees have also chosen to seek and maintain accreditation from the national professional body - The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).The IPENZ Mission is to uphold and promote the profession of engineering, provide leadership and engineering advice to society on key issues and meet the professional needs of members. To achieve this Mission, a key strategic goal is to ensure that internationally-benchmarked engineering qualification and competence quality marks are widely recognized and used. To this end, since 1980 and in advance of the establishment of the Washington Accord, IPENZ has operated a formal accreditation process for professional engineering degree programmes. Programmes that are accredited are typically four year Bachelor of Engineering degrees.