International qualifications

Recognition of qualifications gained overseas

If you plan to live in New Zealand, you may need to get your international qualifications recognised so you can work, study or apply to emigrate to New Zealand.

Assessment applications generally take up to 35 working days to process and complete.

If you have other applications which depend on an assessment of your qualifications, you need to allow at least this long for us to complete your assessment.



If you need your overseas qualifications recognised for ... then ...
Immigration: so you can move to New Zealand see Get international qualifications recognised for immigration
Employment: so you can work in New Zealand see Apply for an International Qualifications Assessment
Further study: so you can do further study in New Zealand
Teaching: so you can be registered as a teacher in New Zealand
Teaching Salary assessment: so your teaching salary can be set

Going overseas to study

If you plan to go overseas to study you can apply for an interest-free student loan or to have an exemption from paying interest on your current student loan. See Apply for an Overseas Study Assessment (OSA).


Find information for...


Information about how breaches of exam rules are handled Read more »

Information for students and parents about the Level 1 German exam and North Island power cut Read more »

Review of Tourism prescriptions for the New Zealand Diploma in Business Read more »

Mandatory Review of Early Childhood Education Qualifications Levels 1-6 Read more »

Mandatory Review of Foundation and Bridging Qualifications Level 1-6 Read more »

Skip to main page content Accessibility page with list of access keys Home Page Site Map Contact Us