ITP Quality, under delegated authority
from NZQA, approves ITP (Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics)
programmes and accredits ITPs to deliver approved programmes.
It considers three types of application:
- approval of a programme developed by the provider (a local
programme) and accreditation to deliver that programme
Under the “Focus Audit” provision ITP Quality also approves
programmes which have been approved by the Institution’s Academic
- accreditation of a provider to deliver a programme based
on unit standards which have been registered on the National
Qualifications Framework (which is administered by NZQA)
- accreditation to deliver a programme which has already
been developed by another institution and has already received
ITP Quality or NZQA approval.
External (ITP Quality) approval of ITP
programmes is not compulsory however there are circumstances
for which ITPs need to demonstrate that a programme has been
through an external quality assurance process. The Ministry
of Education (MOE) requires ITPs to seek ITP Quality approval
for programmes under certain cost classifications. There is
also a requirement for approval of programmes where foreign
students are enrolled. Mostly, however, ITPs seek approval and
accreditation because it is a benefit to both students and the
institute to go through an external quality assurance process.
In 2003 ITP Quality also received
delegated authority from NZQA for the approval and accreditation
of degree level programmes. All degree programmes must be approved
and ITPs acrredited prior to delivery.
ITPs are also required to seek accreditation for nationally
approved programmes and to assess against unit standards registered
on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Much of the
accreditation activity of ITP Quality is to evaluate the capability
of polytechnics to deliver programmes based on national standards.
The development and registration of national standards is a
separate quality assurance process co-ordinated by NZQA with
Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) and National Standards