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Certificate in Quality Assurance (Level 5) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code OP5280

The Certificate in Quality Assurance, offered in conjunction with the New Zealand Organisation for Quality (NZOQ), will give you the skills to manage and improve processes within organisations. Quality assurance principles are essential for the smooth day-to-day operation of businesses, particularly service and manufacturing firms, whose success depends on customer loyalty and satisfaction. One of the benefits of studying this programme by distance is that you can apply your new quality assurance skills straight to your job.

Qualification update

New Students

OP5280 Certificate in Quality Assurance (Level 5) is closed to new students. We are unable to enrol any students not already studying with Open Polytechnic in this programme.

If you wish to start study in this field after 24 November 2017, please email the New Zealand Organisation for Quality

Current Students

If you were already enrolled in OP5280 Certificate in Quality Assurance (Level 5) prior to 24 November 2017, you can continue to enrol in your next course/s as normal to complete your qualification.

Please note, you will need to have completed all courses that make up the programme by 31 December 2019.

We recommend you enrol in your last course/s by 1 May 2019 at the latest to ensure you have enough time to successfully complete all of the coursework. If you need help with a study plan to complete the certificate in this timeframe, please email us.



  • Level 5  
    Credits 90 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $3,288 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will know how to:

  • add value to an organisation with modern quality management concepts, tools and techniques

  • use statistical information and Six Sigma to enhance the quality of performance, products and services

  • integrate environmental management and occupational health and safety into quality systems

  • build positive customer and supplier relationships

  • use stakeholder feedback to improve a product or service.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career in specialist quality roles, supervisory and management positions or areas like auditing, evaluation and implementation of organisational systems and quality improvement.

Study pathways

You may be able to study the Graduate Diploma in Quality Systems (Level 7) from
Massey University once you have achieved this qualification.

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

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Assessment and exam

All six courses are internally assessed. Summative assessment usually takes the form of open book assignments. Course QM503 Variation includes a case study. Although the assessment relies on written tasks, the questions have a practical focus and demonstrate application of principles in the workplace. Assessments have due dates and need to be submitted online via the Online Campus.

Assessment information

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