Tertiary enrolment – a digital model – information for TEOs

Rēhitanga mātauranga matua – he tauira matihiko – he mōhiohio mā ngā TEO

Last updated 27 October 2017
Last updated 27 October 2017

You can now bring together existing government and education sector data held in RealMe®, the National Student Index (NSI) and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to improve your learner’s application and enrolment processes. 

Online enrolment in minutes

The aim is for learners to be able to enrol anywhere, anytime, with no paperwork required at all. There is no paperwork for the institution either. You save time and money, and you get verified information you can trust. 

Watch this video to find out more 


How does this system work?

In three easy steps: 

  1. A student logs on to your site using their RealMe® credentials
  2. Your enrolment platform calls the Ministry of Education to get their National Student Number (NSN) 
  3. Your enrolment platform then calls the New Zealand Qualifications Authority Learner Application Programme Interface (API) to get their achievement records

…and the student is ready to complete their enrolment. 

It is that simple and that quick. 

Who can use this system?

If you are allowed or required to use the National Student Index you can use this enrolment method. 

What you need to do to set up your system: 

  1. Contact RealMe® at business@realme.govt.nz to start this process.
  2. Once the RealMe® setup is done contact the Ministry of Education at service.desk@education.govt.nz to setup integration with the NSI.
  3. Then contact NZQA at apigateway@nzqa.govt.nz to setup integration with the Learner API.


Find out about the University of Auckland's prototype model

The University of Auckland has successfully completed a prototype model for this system. 

They have launched the first phase of its integration - people are now able to register their identity with the University swiftly and safely using RealMe®.

They have developed a guide, based on their experience:

Tertiary enrolment project – University of Auckland’s prototype guide (PDF 657 KB) (PDF, 675 Kb)

To learn more about the University of Auckland’s prototype from RealMe® contact them at business@realme.govt.nz.

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About this project

This is a cross-agency project involving the Tertiary Education Commission, University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Department of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Education, New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Skills New Zealand.

The project is part of the Education Sector Identity and Access Management programme. It aims to reduce cost and improve data quality for individuals and TEIs in the application and enrolment processes through digital processes referencing authoritative data.