Approval of programmes

Heading: inserted, on 16 December 2021, by section 14 of the Education and Training Amendment Act 2021 (2021 No 58).

439 Approval of programmes


An institution may apply to NZQA for approval of a programme.




may grant or refuse to grant approval of the programme to the applicant; and


is required only to consider the programme as a whole; and


must give the applicant written notice of its decision to grant or refuse approval; and


may grant approval for a specified period or indefinitely.


If 2 or more institutions have prepared a programme together, they may make a joint application for approval of the programme.


If NZQA considers that there may be grounds for withdrawing approval of a programme,—


NZQA must give written notice to the institution concerned stating the grounds on which NZQA is considering withdrawing approval; and


NZQA must give the institution reasonable time (as specified in the notice) to make submissions on the matter; and


after considering those submissions, NZQA—


may withdraw approval if it considers there are reasonable grounds to do so; and


must notify the institution of the withdrawal (if any) and the reasons for it.


NZQA may withdraw approval of a programme at the written request of the institution concerned.


This section—


is subject to section 453:


does not limit NZQA’s power to withdraw a programme approval under section 459(6):


does not apply in respect of NCEA.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 249