We use moderation to check and verify assessment for consistency against national standards.

Moderation is a process of monitoring and evaluating assessment documentation and decisions to ensure that standards are applied validly and consistently to all learners.

The purpose of moderation is to ensure that:

  • Assessments are consistent with the national standard;
  • Assessments are fair, valid and consistent; and
  • Assessors are making consistent judgments about learner performance.

Moderation is intended to ensure that regardless of where an assessment was carried out for any particular unit standard, the judgment made on the learner’s competence was fair, valid and of a reasonably consistent standard when compared to assessments made elsewhere.

Moderation exercises provide an ideal opportunity for providers to obtain structured collegial feedback on their teaching and assessment material. This should either confirm that their tools meet industry standards or will identify where improvements are needed to do so.


Who do we moderate?

All providers with consent to assess scope against any unit standards for which Primary ITO is the Standard Setting Body.

The quality management system requirements are set out in Primary ITO’s Consent and Moderation Requirement’s (CMR).  Staff of providers with consent to assess scope, are expected to be familiar with our CMRs.

We conduct moderation processes according to our CMRs which you are expected to be familiar with. Click on the CMR ID below for details.

Below is the list of CMRs for which Primary ITO is the Standard Setting Body:


(Click ID for details)

CMRs included




Seafood and Seafood Maori


Dairy and Baking Yeasts



0052 Agriculture
0032 Horticulture
0037 Sports Turf
0232 Primary Sector
(Animal Care)


0018 Equine and Greyhound Racing
0179 Water (Selected domains only)


Animal Care
(Energy & Chemical Plant)


Monitoring, Operation, and Safety and Legislation for Energy and Chemical




All Registered Providers and Affiliates are expected to participate and comply with the ITO Moderation Plans.



Non-compliance will result in Primary ITO initiating non-compliance actions. The Quality Manager will specify the non-compliance and the corrective actions to be taken within what time frame, in writing to the non-compliant provider.



Primary ITO recognises that moderation is an ongoing process and welcomes suggestions on how the current system can be modified or improved.  Primary ITO wishes to work in partnership with providers to ensure that support and feedback is available so that quality standards are maintained across the industries for which we have responsibility for.


Pre-Moderation of Assessment Fees

Primary ITO strongly recommends that providers use our assessment tasks where they are available for the unit standards they are delivering.  If we do not have assessment tasks available then we are able to moderate your assessments for you.  Our fee for this service is $120.00 per hour (+ GST).  Please send your assessment(s) for pre-moderation along with a covering note advising how you would be using it to:

Quality team
Primary ITO
PO Box 10-383
The Terrace

Alternatively you can email us at