Consent to assess

Tertiary education providers wishing to deliver courses or assess against unit standards in BCITO's domain must apply to NZQA for consent to assess.

Consent requirements

Consent to assess is granted by NZQA. A letter of support from BCITO (as the standard-setting body) is required to assess unit standards under BCITO's coverage. You will need to satisfy BCITO and NZQA that your organisation meets the industry requirements in our Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR). The following documents are referenced within the CMR:

There is no BCITO fee for evaluation of consent to assess applications and visits.

How to apply for consent to assess

Our role is to evaluate your organisation's capacity and capability to deliver qualifications that include BCITO-administered unit standards. We do this by evaluating the documents and evidence you are going to send to NZQA. We also conduct a site visit where required. 

  1. Make sure your institution meets the workshop requirements.

  2. Go to NZQA and download the relevant unit standards and the latest version of the BCITO CRM 0048.

  3. Complete a BCITO consent-to-assess application form.

  4. Mail or email your application form, supporting documentation and a covering letter on your organisation's letterhead to:

    BCITO Quality Assurance
    PO Box 2615
    Wellington 6011
    Attention: Andrew Donohue  [email protected]

  5. You will receive a letter of support from BCITO which you should sent along with your formal application to: NZQA
    PO Box 160

  6. If you intend to use BCITO resources and assessment material once consent to assess has been granted by NZQA, you will need to apply for a licence agreement.  You can request a licence agreement from:

    BCITO Quality Assurance
    PO Box 2615
    Wellington 6011
    Attention: Andrew Donohue  [email protected]


The consent-to-assess application form provides information on the type of evidence required to support your application. We recommend that you provide evidence that you have:

  • the capacity and capability to operate at the level of the standards/domain applied for
  • the necessary policies and procedures in place at your institution.

Final decision

We give our final decision either in the form of a letter of support, or a letter with an outline of why the application was declined along with details of our appeal process.


Appeals are submitted to and undertaken by the BCITO National Moderator. If the original decision is upheld the process is then concluded. Applicants are welcome to modify their application and re-apply. However, BCITO fees may apply. Fees charged are based on the NZQA fee schedule.

More information

If you are at a School or Training Provider and would like more detailed information please contact us