National External Moderation

National External Moderation Plan 2023

Ringa Hora is the new Workforce Development Council (WDC) for Service sector vocational education. Our role as a Workforce Development Council is to ensure the vocational education system meets industry needs and honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to set industry standards, and carry out national external moderation to maintain the quality of assessments.

The National External Quality Assurance and Moderation Plan for providers assessing unit standards from the Service sector, including the 2023 moderation calendar, can be found here.

The Plan has been created from guideline principles developed by Ohu Mahi Workforce Development Councils – the collective of the six WDCs. It has been developed to support your organisation in preparing for external quality assurance and moderation with Ringa Hora, and may also assist with developing internal quality systems.

Download the 2023 National External Moderation Plan

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. Ringa Hora manage national external moderation in accordance with the relevant Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) document.


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 here.

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.

Download the pre assessment moderation form here

Post assessment moderation and onsite moderation

Post-assessment moderation – desktop moderation

Post-assessment moderation involves WDCs moderating assessor judgements to ensure they are fair, valid, and consistent with the standard. This is where samples of assessed ākonga work is called for by Ringa Hora and submitted electronically by the provider for moderation.

Post-assessment moderation – on-site moderation

On-site moderation involves a Quality Assurance Advisor from Ringa Hora visiting a provider. An onsite visit may replace the need for desktop moderation. On-site moderation visit dates and location/s will be negotiated with the provider.

Typical activities would include:

  • Discussing provider quality systems
  • Talking with staff and ākonga
  • Observing assessment
  • Viewing facilities; and
  • Answering questions

Post-assessment moderation – assessor peer review workshops

Where appropriate and feasible, Ringa Hora may organise assessor peer review workshops to carry out post-assessment moderation in place of desktop moderation. These will be planned and scheduled through the year and communicated to providers in advance.


Download the post-assessment moderation coversheet here

Moderation appeals process

Providers may wish to appeal moderation decisions made by Ringa Hora.

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].

Download the moderation appeals form here

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