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. Toi Mai manages national external moderation in accordance with the relevant Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) document.  

For our post and pre moderation service level agreement please look here

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 There is no charge for pre-assessment moderation. 

Please find the pre-assessment moderation coversheet here.

Post assessment and onsite moderation   

Click here to read the 2023 national external moderation plan.

The 2022 national external moderation plan is still available to read here

To access the Post Moderation Coversheet, please click here

Moderation Appeals process 

Providers may wish to appeal moderation decisions made by Toi Mai. 

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 

Please find the moderation appeals form attached here. 

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