ZIMCHE was created through an act of parliament Chapter 25:27 which was promulgated in 2006. The act establishes ZIMCHE and the procedures for the registration and accreditation of institutions of higher education.
The mandate of ZIMCHE is to promote and co-ordinate education provided by institutions of higher education and to act as a regulator in the determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examinations, academic qualifications and research in institutions of higher education.
To promote quality enhancement and development of higher education in Zimbabwe, and act as a regulator and vanguard agency for high standards in teaching, research and academic qualifications.
To be a world class national quality assurance body whose positive impact on higher education is recognised and acknowledged both nationally and internationally.
ZIMCHE is a quality assurance agency whose overall function is quality assurance. However its functions can be subdivided into three categories as follows: