Programme Endorsement

Requesting Workforce Development Councils’ support for programmes

Update: Levels 1-6 programmes of study

Due to the NZQA cut-off date of Friday 7 October 2022, Toi Mai is currently experiencing a high demand of applications and enquiries relating to the programme endorsement. We will endeavour to process your application in a timely manner and will be in touch once your application has been completed.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns please feel free to contact us via email at or by phone on (04) 909 0316 and selecting option 1.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Key dates Key action
by Monday 12 September, 2022  All new approvals and/or accreditations for programmes of study at levels 1-6, or Type 2 changes to existing level 1-6 programmes to be submitted to Toi Mai
Friday 7 October, 2022 Cut-off date for NZQA

From 1 June 2022, all Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) will be required, under the Education and Training Act, to consider provider programmes for endorsement, prior to NZQA approval.

As the industry representative and standards setting body, a WDC is well placed to consider programmes from equity, academic outcome, quality assurance and industry need perspectives, while also contributing to an education system that honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi and supports Māori-Crown relations.

If you are developing a programme that leads to a qualification listed on the NZQF, the Education and Training Act requires you to get the programme approved by NZQA. If you are interested in delivering a programme, you also need to be accredited as a provider of that programme.  

More information on programme approval and accreditation is available on NZQA’s website.

Toi Mai’s role in programme approval 

Once you have finalised your programme, you will need a letter of endorsement from Toi Mai before seeking approval from NZQA. 

Please email us at while you are developing your programme so we can advise you of any new rules, regulations, specifications or conditions since the qualification was listed. 

You can also find programme guidance information for some of our qualifications here.

Guidance and support for programme endorsement 

The Toi Mai teams are committed to providing guidance for providers to develop and gain approval for high quality programmes. WDC considerations for programme endorsement differ from NZQA approval criteria and look to meet both industry and learner vocational education and training needs.

We focus on six considerations: 

  • Programme content 
  • Equity for learners 
  • Programme engagement and consultation 
  • Te ao Māori 
  • Pacific languages and learners 
  • Disabled people 

Read the full details of these six considerations.

We check that the submitted programme application aligns with qualification outcomes.  If we have concerns about the programme, we will work with you to help resolve those concerns.  

If your organisation requires consent to assess for any unit or skills standards included in the programme, you will need to submit a separate consent to assess application.

Type 2 changes will still require a completed programme endorsement application form, with evidence of specific changes made to the programme.

How to request endorsement for programmes

Please email us at with the following information to request our support for your programme:  

  • A completed Programme Endorsement Request form
  • A copy of your proposed programme 
  • A description of the Programme development process and engagement with the relevant WDC 
  • Information about how Māori, Pacific People, and disabled people are supported with teaching, learning, and assessment 
  • Relevant policies and procedures 
  • Tutor/teacher/assessor job descriptions and professional development plans 
  • Evidence of industry and stakeholder engagement 
  • Advisory group meeting minutes, and/or letters of support from stakeholders. 

Once we are ready to support your proposed programme, we will email a letter of endorsement, which you can attach as a supporting document with your programme approval application to NZQA. 

There is no fee for us to review and provide support for your proposed programme. 

Please allow 20 working days for us to process your request for programme endorsement. 

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).