New Zealand Qualifications Authority

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA; Māori: Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa) is the New Zealand government Crown entity tasked with administering educational assessment and qualifications. It was established by the Education Act 1989.[3][2]

New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa
Agency overview
JurisdictionNew Zealand government
HeadquartersLevel 13
125 The Terrace
New Zealand
Employees365 (2007)[1]
Annual budgetNZD ~$70 million[2]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Tracey Martin, Board Chairperson
  • Grant Klinkum, Chief Executive
Parent agencyMinistry of Education

NZQA administers the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and the New Zealand Scholarship for secondary school students. It is also responsible for the quality assurance of non-university, tertiary training providers, the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications, and the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (National Qualifications Framework). It has further roles in evaluating overseas qualifications.

In July 1990 it took over the work of the former Universities Entrance Board, the Ministry of Education's examinations, the Trades Certification Board and the Authority for Advanced Vocational Awards.[4]

NZQA is funded from the central government as well as fees, with the budget being about $70 million each year.[2]

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