Assuring awarded learners meet required standards.

The Assurance Team is responsible for assuring learners meet the required standard when they are awarded a Waihanga Ara Rau standard, qualification or other credential.  Activity is conducted in accordance with Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) and involves processes such as pre and Post-assessment moderation and Consent to Assess. 

If you have any questions about these and other processes related to assurance, such as site visits, BCATS for schools or Capstone Unit Standards, get in touch. 

We’ve three teams dedicated to doing this:

  • Infrastructure Team/Ohu Hanga Pūnaha, led by Karen Drummond and supported by Jeremy Busby, Terri Waerea and Kashif Ahmed.  They handle Civil Infrastructure, Construction and Infrastructure Services, Energy and Telecommunication and Three Waters.
  • Construction Team/Ohu Mahi Waihanga, led by Helen Finlayson and supported by Hannah Clark, Rachelle McNabney and Amy Morris.  They handle carpentry, trowel trades, interior systems, frame & truss, glass & glazing, painting & decorating, flooring, joinery, and concrete.
  • Trades Team/Ohu Mahi-ā-Rehe, led by Troy Lagor and supported by Reena Patel, Simone Rakena, Stephen Bocock, and Imi Niluthpala.  They handle electrotechnology, including Industrial Measurement and Control and Electronic Security, Plumbing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying and Roofing, Scaffolding, Cranes including Elevated Work Platforms, Industrial Rope Access, and Rigging.
  • Mike Grumball (GM Assurance), Joy Potter (PDG Project Manager) and Te Hapimana King (Mātauranga & Te Reo Māori Assurance Manager) make up the rest of the team.

The diagram below shows the industry groups each of our three workstreams looks after and relates to strategic sectors within the wider Construction and Infrastructure ‘ecosystem’.



The national external moderation system provides assurance in the quality of assessment carried out by organisations with consent to assess.

Consent to assess

Providers must apply through NZQA for consent to assess any unit standards they intend to assess. Applications must be supported by the relevant Workforce Development Council.

ESI Captone unit standards

Capstone standards have been put in place for the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) to ensure national consistency for the assessment of standards carried out through providers or work-based learning.

Consent and moderation requirements

We are responsible for Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) documents. Each CMR covers the requirements an organisation must meet to assess against unit standards in the scope of the CMR, and the moderation process they need to engage in.

Information for schools

Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) are a suite of Level 1-3 unit standards registered on the NQF that are tailor-made for schools.