Diploma in Quality Assurance Enrol in Year One Enrol in Year Two

NZOQ’s two-year Diploma in Quality Assurance (DipQA) is designed for quality and risk managers and practitioners who are interested in further enhancing their quality improvement, risk management and the monitoring capability and function within their workplace.

The Diploma is offered over one–two years and provides practical evidence based strengths and frameworks that are focused on building capability in quality management leadership and strategy.


Please register your interest today for this exciting opportunity by contacting Tess Stewart at NZOQ National Office.

The effectiveness of any quality management system is a function of the product or service flow. Variations and defects obstruct the flow and result in dissatisfaction for customers, delays and rework. The alignment of processes, methodology and quality tools are needed in order to achieve maximisation of product/service delivery. The DipQA covers the pathway to achieving effectiveness.

The DipQA is undertaken by distance learning with a high level of support from experienced course tutors (Email, Skype, telephone). Some regional classroom contact may be offered where student numbers reach a critical mass. The DipQA offers the opportunity to gain a significant qualification both to support your role and to enhance your career prospects.


Course Content

Year One

Year 1 comprises six courses covering a broad range of quality and risk management topics to guide and consolidate your quality knowledge. Students will undertake a total of 12 assignments to complete year one. The six courses include:

  • DipQA501: Quality Management
  • DipQA502: Quality Improvement
  • DipQA503: Variation
  • DipQA504: Implementing Quality
  • DipQA505: Quality Systems
  • DipQA506: Maintaining Quality

Individually, all the above courses qualify for the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise voucher schemes for eligible businesses.

Once you have completed 501–506 papers, you could be eligible for Exemplar Global QM certification.

Year Two

New opportunity for Certificate in Quality Assurance graduates!

Students who have previously completed the NZOQ Certificate in Quality Assurance (CQA) will be awarded Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and may enter the Diploma at Year 2—a significant incentive to maximise and enhance your quality learning and qualifications.

DipQA Year 2 builds on and enhances the learning undertaken in Year 1 and incorporates the completion of significant practical quality and risk management activities based in the student’s workplace—a win-win outcome for both students and their organisations. The papers are designed to include demonstration and implementation of strong project management skills in undertaking the detailed quality and risk management projects which the student selects, based on the needs of their workplace.

  • DipQA601: Bridging Paper for CQA graduates prior to 2009
  • DipQA602a: Quality and Risk Management — Audit Training
  • DipQA602b: Quality and Risk Management — Audit Project
  • DipQA603: Quality and Risk Management — Improvement Project
  • DipQA604: Quality and Risk Management — Learning Journal and Competency Interview

Students entering the Diploma at Year 2 will be required to undertake a Bridging Paper (DipQA601) if their CQA qualification is prior to 2009. Recent graduates will progress directly to DipQA602 and DipQA603.

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