Accreditation Levels

Find out about the different accreditation levels and what these mean for a social service provider

About accreditation levels

Accreditation standards have 4 levels of accreditation. We use a levels framework to work out what your accreditation level should be.

Together contracting agencies and Te Kāhui Kāhu decide what services sit at what level in the framework. This will determine the requirements you must meet to gain accreditation.

Levels of compliance

The accreditation standards are also divided across 4 levels of compliance. Your organisation's accreditation level determines what level of compliance you have to meet.

How to find your level of accreditation

What accreditation level your organisation needs to meet depends on the services you're funded to provide.

Organisations with a social services contract

If you have a contract, it should tell you which accreditation level you need to apply for.

If you have more than one contract, you only need to apply once at the highest level. The higher level will automatically cover the core standards at the lower level (note that in our framework, the lower the number the higher the level).

If you’re still unsure, talk to your contract manager or email us at accreditation@tekahuikahu.govt.nz if you have not yet been assigned one.

Apply for accreditation

Organisations that deliver OSCAR programmes

If your organisation is an OSCAR provider, you need to apply for level 3 OSCAR accreditation.

Organisations that provide inter-country adoption service

If you provide an inter-country adoption service, you need to apply for level 2 accreditation.

Organisations that operate under the Oranga Tamariki Act and do not have a contract for social services

If you deliver services under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, you need to apply for level 3 social services accreditation.

Levels of compliance

Once you know your accreditation level, you can check what level of compliance you need to meet.

Accreditation Level 1

This has the highest level of compliance.

You are:

  • assessed against 10 social sector accreditation standards
  • assessed against the relevant specialist standards
  • visited at least every two years by Te Kāhui Kāhu.

Accreditation Level 2

This has a significant level of compliance.

You are:

  • assessed against 10 social sector accreditation standards
  • assessed against the relevant specialist standards
  • visited at least every two years by Te Kāhui Kāhu.

Accreditation Level 3

This has a substantial level of compliance.

You are:

  • assessed against 9 social sector accreditation standards
  • assessed against the relevant specialist standards
  • visited at least every two years by Te Kāhui Kāhu.

Accreditation Level 4

This involves a reasonable level of compliance.

You are:

  • assessed against 6 social sector accreditation standards
  • not visited by Te Kāhui Kāhu.

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