Documents required for an International Qualification Assessment

This page describes the documents we require from you in support of your IQA. Please choose the country in which your qualification was issued – documentation requirements are arranged by country below. If your country is not listed, please contact us. Read all instructions carefully to ensure that you provide the correct versions of your documents. 

NZQA now accepts legible, coloured, scanned, and certified copies of accompanying documents. You must check the list of documents required for the country in which your award was issued. 

About scans and certified copies

As part of your application you will send scanned PDF or digital photo files of your certified documents. Include images of the backs of any document that has information on its other side). Each document should be saved as a separate file (e.g., do not combine all of your pdfs/images into one file). 

Certified copies must be stamped/endorsed by a competent authority with the legal right to make a certifying statement with wording (or similar if not in English) as follows:

  • “I certify this is a true and accurate copy of the original document seen by me”.
  • The statement must include: Stamp/formal endorsement with full name, official title/position of signatory, date, followed by signature.
  • The certifying statement must be clear and legible, and must be completed for each page of the documents submitted.

Competent authorities include:

  • Consular officials of an Embassy/High Commission
  • Government/Municipal officials with the legal right to take official declarations
  • A Notary service with the legal right to take official declarations or with an official Apostille stamp
  • An officer of the court with the legal right to take official declarations
  • A Justice of the Peace with the legal right to take official declarations

It is your responsibility to ensure the person making the declaration for your documents has the legal right to take official declarations in the country of your residence. In addition, the person certifying your document must NOT be involved in your application in any other way or role. For example, it may NOT be your Agent or Adviser.

NZQA reserves the right to require additional proof of authenticity of any declaration relating to documents submitted. Additionally, NZQA can request documents be resubmitted if the content is unclear or ambiguous.

Description of required qualification documents

Award certificate: This is the diploma or certificate issued by your awarding body. It should state your name, the name of your qualification, and the date on which the qualification/title was conferred. This is the document you might receive at a graduation ceremony following the completion of your course.

Transcripts: The transcripts (sometimes called mark sheets) are the record of your study, and should include the names of all of the classes/modules/papers that you have completed. The transcripts should contain a full academic record of your studies and include marks from all years.

Passport Bio-Data Page: This is the section of your passport that shows your photograph, name, date of birth, and nationality. 

Evidence of Name Change: If your current legal name (the name that is listed in your passport) is different from the name listed on your award certificate, you must provide evidence of your name change. This could be a marriage certificate.

Skill Shortage List Form: If you are applying under a Skill Shortage List (e.g., the Long Term Skill Shortage List or Immediate Skill Shortage List), download and complete this form and return it to us with your other documents. Download the Skill Shortage List Form (PDF, 37KB)

Teaching Practicum Form: If you intend to use the IQA to help you apply for teacher registration and/or teacher salary in New Zealand you will need to download and complete this form and return it to use with your other documents. Download the Teaching Practicum Form  (DOC, 54KB)

Documents (including your scanned and signed IQA cover sheet) are to be submitted by email to: QRSapplications@nzqa.govt.nz, with the subject line to include your NZQA application number.

For general queries, please email us at QRS@nzqa.govt.nz, or call us at +64 (4) 463 3000 (Freephone in NZ: 0800 697 296).

 

 

Country List

Please choose the country in which your award was issued to see a list of documents required for your qualification.

A-B

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa

Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antarctica
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia (including Christmas Island)
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan, Kingdom of
Bolivia, Plurinational State of
Bosnia Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei, Nation of
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi, Republic of

C-D

Cambodia, Kingdom of
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad, Republic of
Chile, Republic of
China (including Macau)
Chinese Taipei/Taiwan
Colombia, Republic of
Comoros
Congo Brazzaville
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Cook Islands
Costa Rica, Republic of
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba, Republic of
Cyprus, The Republic of
Czech Republic
Denmark (including Faroe Islands)
Djibouti, The Republic of
Dominica
Dominican Republic

E-G

Ecuador, The Republic of
Egypt, The Arab Republic of
El Salvador, Republic of
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji, Republic of
Finland
France (including French Guiana; French Polynesia; French Southern Territories; Reunion Island; Mayotte; Martinique)
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana

H-K

Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan, Hashemite Kingdom of
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North Korea)
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Kosovo

Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan

L-M

Laos, People's Democratic Republic of
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia, Federal States of
Moldova, Republic of
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar

N-Q

Namibia
Nauru
Nepal, Federal Democratic Republic of
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Occupied Palestinian Territories
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Island
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar, State of

R-S

Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Western Samoa
San Marino, Republic of
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa, Republic of
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan, Republic of
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria

T-U

Tajikistan
Tanzania, United Republic of
Thailand, Kingdom of
Tibet
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga, Kingdom of
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmentistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (including British Overseas Territories: Gibraltar; Falkland Islands; Bermuda)
United States of America (including Guam)
Uruguay
Uzbekistan

V-Z

Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela, Bolivian Republic of
Vietnam
Virgin Islands (British Virgin Islands)
Virgin Islands of the United States
Wallis and Futuna Islands
Western Sahara
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
 
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