Assessment & Moderation

We are committed to ensuring that all of our trainees receive high quality training and are assessed fairly and consistently against national standards. 

We do this by:

  • Developing assessment resources for Connexis-approved programmes listed on the NZQCF.
  • Having a robust registration process for assessors.
  • Providing WDC-approved assessment material for assessors and training providers to assess Connexis learners.
  • Conducting comprehensive moderation of assessor practice.
  • Offering professional development and support to our moderators and assessors.

An assessor makes a judgement on the skills and knowledge of an individual to determine whether they meet the required competencies (unit or skill standards). Some companies have their own in-house assessors, while others use assessors outside their companies.

Registered assessors have industry experience and extensive technical knowledge and skills. All workplace assessors will hold unit standard 4098 Use standards to assess candidate performance or have demonstrated equivalent knowledge and skills (Level 4).

To ensure all registered assessors have sufficient knowledge and skills, assessors are provided with an assessment scope. This scope reflects the experience and qualifications the assessor currently holds and determines what unit or skill standards they are permitted to assess for Connexis learners.

For Assessors

Ensuring the quality of assessment

Connexis moderators moderate assessment decisions of Connexis registered assessors.  This is a quality assurance process to ensure assessors are making similar decisions and that assessments are valid, consistent and fair.

Connexis carries out moderation to ensure that:

  • Assessment decisions are fair, valid, and consistent.
  • Assessment decisions are reliable and consistent between assessors.
  • Moderation supports assessors and providers to meet industry standards and helps identify where improvements may be made.

Assessment practice and results reporting

Information for assessors about assessment practice and moderation compliance can be found in the Assessor Manual. The manual also includes a list of commonly used definitions in the tertiary education sector.

Assessors are required to enter assessment results for all approved programmes via the Connexis Assessor Portal. A guide on how to use the portal is below. Please note that the Assessor Workbook should only be used to report results for casual credits.

Assessor Supporting Documents:

If you have any issues entering results please contact QA at

Who carries out moderation?

Moderation is carried out by moderators who are senior in their industry and are responsible for conducting:

  • Internal moderation of the assessments carried out by Connexis registered assessors and contracted providers.
  • Pre-assessment moderation of assessment resources developed for Connexis programmes.
  • Moderation of newly registered assessors.

To ensure that assessment practice is up to the standard, Connexis moderates assessors annually on a plan that covers all unit standards reported over a five-year period.

Connexis is also required to comply with annual external moderation requirements set up by the relevant Workforce Development Council (WDC) or NZQA.

2024 Assessor Forums Dates, Locations, and Links

Attending Connexis Assessor Forums is a great way to stay up-to-date with programmes and changes in the industry while refreshing your practice. It also provides an excellent opportunity to meet with other assessors in your area.

Please note that attending a Connexis Forum once every two years is mandatory to keep your Connexis Assessor Registration.

Date Location Sector Registration Link
23/05/2024 Online NZDEP Register here
18/06/2024 Dunedin Civil, WTR, TTM & ESI Register here 
2/07/2024 Auckland Civil, WTR, TTM Register here
3/07/2024 Auckland ESI Register here
30/07/2024 Hamilton Civil, WTR, TTM Register here
31/07/2024 Hamilton ESI Register here
6/08/2024 Online Procurement Register here
7/08/2024 Online Civil, WTR, TTM Register here
27/08/2024 Christchurch Civil, WTR, TTM Register here
28/08/2024 Christchurch ESI Register here
10/09/2024 Palmerston Nth Civil, WTR, TTM Register here
11/09/2024 Palmerston Nth ESI Register here
26/09/2024 Online ESI Register here

Become a Connexis Assessor

Assessor training

To become a Connexis Assessor, as a pre-requisite, you are expected to attend a Connexis Assessor Training Course and must hold unit standard 4098 Use standards to assess candidate performance. If you already hold unit standard 4098, an assessor application will be considered if you complete the Assessor Application Form and return to

The unit standard covered in the Connexis Assessor Training Course is:

  • 4098: Use standards to assess candidate performance

Course Details

  • Candidates will learn about Assessor process and practice and complete the practical tasks required to achieve US4098.
  • Connexis will forward two assessments for candidates to complete as trainees. The assessments must be completed prior to attending the course.
  • The two-day course runs from 9.00am to 3.00pm each day.
  • The cost to attend a two-day Assessor training course is $550.00 (plus GST)
  • A minimum of eight registered attendees are required for a course to proceed. Courses will be confirmed two weeks prior to the advertised date.

Course Outline

Day One

  • Understanding the Connexis workplace assessment process
  • Understanding unit standards, qualifications, and associated governance
  • Preparing trainees for assessment
  • Assessing trainees
  • Best practice in assessment
  • Tools to gain unit standard 4098.

Day Two

  • Completion of US4098 assessment. Candidates alternate roles as trainee and assessor and will be observed conducting pre-assessment, assessment and post assessment processes.
  • The completed 4098 portfolio is submitted to an external assessor for assessment.
2024 Assessor Training Course Dates and Locations

Date                                                           City

19 & 20  March 2024                                 Auckland - enrolments are                                                                                                     closed.

8 & 9 May 2024                                          Dunedin - enrolments are                                                                                                      closed.

19 & 20 June 2024                                     Hamilton

28 & 29 August 2024                                 Auckland

18 & 19 September 2024                          Wellington

23rd & 24th October 2024                       Christchurch

12 & 13 November 2024                           Hamilton

Please download the enrolment form by clicking on the button below and return your completed form to

If you have any questions about these training courses, please fill out the question form above.


For Moderators

Moderators are an integral part of the assessment and QMS process.  Connexis administers the moderation system through a supportive and educative approach.  Moderators will be expected to contact assessors as part of this process, and provide constructive feedback regarding the moderation results.

Applications to become a Connexis Moderator are accepted throughout the year.  All applicants must meet the current moderator selection criteria before applications are presented to the Connexis’ National Moderator for consideration. If you are interested in applying to become a Connexis moderator please fill in the Moderator Application Form and email this back to

Click here for moderation resources

For Training Providers

We work closely with a range of training providers who deliver training across the Infrastructure Industry.

We recommend that training provider trainers and assessors also register as a Connexis Assessor so that they receive the Assessor Newsletter and can attend the Assessor Forums to keep up to date.

We will continue to moderate samples of assessments reported by training providers using Connexis’ accreditation scope.

For further information, please email us at

Assessor Resources

Connexis has a library of assessment resources which have been pre-assessment moderated. Assessor and trainee assessment resources are available for unit standards in Connexis qualifications. These resources are pre-assessment moderated to ensure they are fair, valid and consistent and meeting the National Standard. The assessor guide resources are available to registered assessors and can be downloaded through the Learning Management System.

If you have difficulties logging into the Learning Management System, please contact


Assessor Application Form - for new applications, extension of scopes, change of details, and re-registration

Resource Order Form

Wheels, Tracks & Rollers Order Form

Pre-assessment Moderation Cover Sheet - to accompany all requests for pre-assessment moderation

Post-assessment Moderation Cover Sheet - for new and active assessors

Moderation Appeal Form

Resource Feedback Form

Unit Standard Review Form

EOI for 2024 TTM Programmes 

Capstone Assessor Endorsement Application - for independent assessors (“assessors”) applying to the Waihanga Ara Rau Capstone Reference Group to assess Capstone Assessments.

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