National External Moderation

What is national external moderation?

The national external moderation system provides assurance in the quality of assessment carried out by organisations with consent to assess. Toitū te Waiora manages national external moderation in accordance with the relevant Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) document.

As Toitū te Waiora has assumed the CMR responsibility for this from the Transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs), we are at present operating under a number of these. If you are unsure which CMR applies to your organisation, you can search one of the unit standards you deliver on the NZQA website and it will advise you of the appropriate CMR.

What are the types of moderation?

There are three different types of national external moderation activities. These are:

  • Pre-assessment moderation – assessment materials are moderated prior to use with candidates.
  • On-site moderation – Assessors’ decisions are moderated while a candidate is being assessed.
  • Post-assessment moderation – Assessors’ decisions are moderated after the assessment has taken place.

Pre assessment moderation

Pre-assessment moderation will continue as specified in the current CMR documents. You can access the CMRs on the NZQA website at this link.

Providers (including schools) need to complete a pre-assessment moderation cover sheet and email their required documentation and the coversheet to [email protected]. There is no charge for pre-assessment moderation.

Please find the pre-assessment moderation coversheet here

Post assessment and onsite moderation

Workforce Development Councils will focus on priority moderation activities to ensure the most value is added to industry and the vocational education system.

The 2023 national external moderation plan is available here.

Please find the Post Moderation Coversheet here.

Moderation Appeals process

Providers may wish to appeal moderation decisions made by Toitū te Waiora.

Appeals must be received within 15 working days of receiving the moderation outcome report. Providers need to complete a Moderation appeal form and email it to [email protected]

Please find the moderation appeals form attached here.

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