Pre-Approved Overseas Teaching Qualifications

Some overseas teaching qualifications may not need an International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) for the purposes of Teacher Registration and Teacher Salary. The lists in the tables at the bottom of this page include pre-approved overseas Initial Teacher Education (ITE) qualifications that are exempt from assessment.

You may be exempt from needing an IQA if your ITE qualification was awarded by an institution in one of the following countries:

  • Canada
  • Fiji (University of the South Pacific)
  • Ireland (Eire)
  • England and Wales
  • South Africa.

Use the information below to determine whether your qualification is pre-approved. Note that if you hold a degree qualification in addition to a pre-approved ITE qualification, you may still need an IQA. In this context, a degree qualification is any qualification at or above bachelor's degree level that is not considered an ITE qualification.

Do you need an IQA?

First, you do not need an IQA if your educational pathway fits the following descriptions: 

  • you hold only an ITE qualification, and it is listed in a table of pre-approved ITE qualifications below, or
  • you hold a degree qualification that was earned before a pre-approved ITE qualification (awarded by an institution in the same country where you completed your ITE qualification), or
  • the degree qualification you earned after your pre-approved ITE qualification was awarded by an institution in England or Wales from or within the dates listed on one of the United Kingdom Recognised Bodies lists linked in the table below, or
  • the degree qualification you earned after your pre-approved ITE qualification meets the criteria on Immigration New Zealand's List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA) to be exempt from assessment.  Learn more about the LQEA.

Answer these questions to help decide whether you need an IQA.

1. Is your teaching qualification the only qualification you hold, and on the pre-approved list of ITE qualifications?

  • If yes, you do not need an IQA.
  • If your ITE qualification is not on the pre-approved list, you need to apply for an IQA.
  • If your ITE qualification is on the pre-approved list, but you hold an additional qualification, answer the next question.

2. If you have a degree qualification in addition to a pre-approved ITE qualification, was it awarded in the same year (and the same institution) or before your ITE qualification, and awarded by an institution in the same country where you completed your ITE qualification?

  • If yes, you do not need an IQA.
  • If no, answer the next question.

3. Was your degree qualification awarded by an institution in England or Wales (from or within the dates listed on one of the United Kingdom Recognised Bodies lists linked in the table below) after your pre-approved ITE qualification?

  • If yes, you do not need an IQA.
  • If no, you need an IQA.
  • If you earned your degree qualification in a country that is not England or Wales, answer the next question.

4. If your degree qualification was awarded after your pre-approved ITE qualification, does it meet the criteria listed on the LQEA to qualify for exemption?

  • If yes, you do not need an IQA.
  • If no, you need an IQA.

If you hold an ITE qualification that does not meet the criteria of the pre-approved lists, or a degree qualification that was awarded after your ITE qualification and does not meet the criteria listed above, you will need an IQA.

How to check the ITE pre-approved qualifications list

An ITE qualification is pre-approved if:

  • the qualification name stated on the award certificate is listed in the relevant table of pre-approved ITE qualifications below, and
  • the awarding body is included in the relevant table of pre-approved ITE qualifications below, and
  • you can provide the award certificate and transcripts (as requested) in the original language for each year of study, and
  • your study was not completed at any institution outside of the country of the awarding body (including any overseas campuses of the awarding body), and
  • you are not excluded by any additional country-specific requirements.

How to check degree qualifications on the LQEA

If your degree qualification was awarded after your pre-approved ITE qualification and it is included on the LQEA, you do not need an IQA. Here are instructions for understanding the LQEA:

  • Read the LQEA instructions above each list carefully. To be exempt from an assessment your degree must be named in the Qualification Awarding Table and your awarding institution must be listed with your degree abbreviation included for the year of your award.
  • A Level 7 outcome stated on a current Academic LQEA may be considered to reflect the outcome of a New Zealand bachelor degree at NZQF Level 7 with a minimum of 360 credits/3 year FT study.
  • A Level 8 outcome stated on a current Academic LQEA for a program of 1 to 2 years of study may be considered to reflect a New Zealand post-graduate diploma at NZQF Level 8 with a minimum of 120 credits/1 year FT study.
  • A Level 8 outcome stated on a current Academic LQEA for a program of at least 4 years study may be considered to reflect the outcome of both a bachelor degree at NZQF level 7 minimum of 360 credits/3 year FT study, and a New Zealand post-graduate diploma at NZQF Level 8 with a minimum of 120 credits/1 year FT study.
  • A Level 9 outcome stated on a current Academic LQEA may be considered to reflect the outcome of a New Zealand master degree at NZQF Level 9 with a minimum of 180 credits/1 ½ year of FT study.
  • A Level 10 outcome stated on a current Academic LQEA may be considered to reflect the outcome of a New Zealand Doctor of Philosophy degree NZQF Level 10 with a minimum of 360 credits/3 year FT study.

Visit the LQEA

NOTE: If your degree qualifications are not currently included in the LQEA you will require an assessment by NZQA for your qualification to receive a NZQF level for immigration and/or salary purposes.

Pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications by country

These lists were updated 11 December 2017 and are valid from that date. Lists can be referenced until they are updated or removed from this website. Archived versions of these lists cannot be used. 

Canada

 ITE Qualification Awarding Institution Qualification Awarded From  Level (NZQF) Qualification Type

Bachelor of Education1

(1-2 years)

Lakehead University  2005  7  A graduate diploma

Bachelor of Education1

(1-2 years)

Nipissing University  2001  7  A graduate diploma

Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education

(4 years)

University of Alberta  2012  7  A bachelor's degree

 Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education

(4 years)

University of Alberta  2009  7  A bachelor's degree

Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education

(1-2 years)

University of Alberta  2009  7  A graduate diploma

Bachelor of Education (Elementary Teacher Education)

(1-2 years)

The University of British Colombia  2004  7  A graduate diploma
 

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Teacher Education)

(1-2 years)

The University of British Colombia  2003  7  A graduate diploma

University of Manitoba Bachelor of Education1

(1-2 years)

University of Manitoba  2007  7  A graduate diploma

Baccalaureate in Education/Bachelor of Education1

(1-2 years)

University of Ottowa/Universite d'Ottowa  2006  7  A graduate diploma

Bachelor of Education1

(4 years)

University of Saskatchewan 2010 7 A bachelor's degree

Notes:

Primary/Elementary, Junior, Middle, or Senior/Secondary will not be stated on these award certificates, but may be stated on transcripts. If not the papers studied on the transcripts should determine the teaching age range.

Fiji

ITE Qualification Awarding Institution Qualification Awarded From  Level (NZQF) Qualification Type
Bachelor of Education (Primary)2 USP/The University of the South Pacific  2001  7  A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education (Secondary)3 USP/The University of the South Pacific  2001  7  A bachelor's degree
Postgraduate Certificate in Education4 USP/The University of the South Pacific  2001-2013  7  A graduate diploma
Graduate Certificate in Education5 USP/The University of the South Pacific  2007  7  A graduate diploma

Notes: 

An In-service top up degree. Transcript will indicate T passes. The underpinning Teachers Certificate or Diploma of Primary Education must be provided. If the study progression is not clear an NZQA assessment may be required

May be a pre-service ITE qualification (3-year minimum equivalent), or if the transcripts indicate T passes, a shorter duration In-service degree. The underpinning Diploma in Education or Diploma in Teaching must be provided. If the study progression is not clear an NZQA assessment may be required.

Secondary does not appear on the award certificate.

Secondary does not appear on the award certificate. May be awarded with a Bachelor of Arts or Science as a combined programme. 

Ireland (Eire)

Updated 11 December 2017

ITE Qualification6 Awarding Institution Qualification Awarded From Level (NZQF) Qualification Type
Bachelor of Education (Hons)  Dublin City University/DCE7  2001  7  A bachelor's degree
Baccalaureatus in Educatione with a class of Honours stated8 Universitas Dubliniensis/University of Dublin (Trinity College) 2011 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education with a class of Honours University of Limerick9 2011 7 A bachelor's degree
Professional Master of Education Universitas Dubliniensis/University of Dublin (Trinity College) 2015 9 A master's degree
Professional Master of Education Dublin City Unviersity 2015 9 A master's degree
Professional Master of Education National University of Ireland (University College, Cork) 2014 9 A master's degree
Master in Education (with specialisation: Languages/Mathematics/Music/Physical Education/Technology) University of Limerick 2015 9 A master's degree
Bachelor of Science (Baccalaureatus Scientiae) Sport Studies and Physical Education National University of Ireland (University College, Cork) 2015 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Technology in Education (Materials and Engineering Technology) University of Limerick 2015 7 A bachelor's degree

Notes:

6 Bachelor degrees must be a minimum of 4 years full-time study.

St Patricks College will be stated on the award certificate.

For example: Honores Secundae Classis. If Honours is not stated an assessment by NZQA will be required.

Mary Immaculate College will be stated on the award certificate. 

England and Wales

The ITE qualifications named below are pre-approved if they were awarded by an institution found on one of the lists of United Kingdom Recognised Bodies. The lists of United Kingdom Recognised Bodies are included in table the below by links to the year the schedule of recognised bodies was published by the UK government.

ITE Qualification10

Awarding Institution (by Years)11

Qualification Awarded From

Level (NZQF)

Qualification Type

Bachelor of Education degree with Honours (with evidence of QTS)

1997-1998

 

1999

 

2000-2001

 

2002

 

2003-2004

 

2005-2006

 

2007-200912

 

2010-2011

 

2012

 

2013-2015

 

2016-current

1998 7  A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (with evidence of QTS) 1998 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Science with Honours (with evidence of QTS) 1998 7 A bachelor's degree
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education13 (with evidence of QTS) 1998 7 A graduate diploma
Postgraduate/Post Graduate Certificate in Education (with evidence of QTS) 1998 814 A postgraduate certificate

Notes:

10The ITE qualification must be accompanied by a Qualified Teacher Status [QTS] certificate. QTS must have been awarded within two years of the qualification award date.

Primary, Primary Education, Secondary, or Secondary Education should be evident on the award certificate or on the transcripts.

Post Compulsory, Further Education, Higher and Adult Education, Life Long Learning or International PGCEs or overseas completed PGCE awards( evidence available from the transcript) are not ITE qualifications.

11Must be awarded from or within the dates listed on one of the United Kingdom Recognised Bodies lists.

12  If the institution cannot be found in this document, check here as the institution name or status might have changed: 2008 (Amendment)

13 Evidence of 120 credits / 60 ECTS / one year of full-time study, must be provided, or an assessment by NZQA will be required.

14 To be considered to be a Postgraduate Certificate at NZQF Level 8 evidence of at least 60 credits [30 ECT] at Level M / Level 7 must be provided. 

South Africa

Added 11 December 2017

All South African bachelor's degrees must be a minimum of four years full-time study. 

ITE Qualification
Awarding Institution Qualification Awarded From Level (NZQF) Qualification Type
Bachelor of Education cum laude15 University of Kwazulu-Natal 2007 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education  University of Kwazulu-Natal 2007 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education15 University of South Africa (UNISA) 2007 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education (Senior Phase and FET) University of Kwazulu-Natal 2007 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Primary Education  University of Cape Town 2007 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education Technology15 The University of Johannesburg 2007 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education (Senior and Further Education Training Phases)  University of South Africa 2007 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education15 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University 2007 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education/Baccalaureus Educationis15 Cape Peninsula University of Technology 2007 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education15 North West University 2007  A bachelor's degree 
Bachelor of Education/Baccalaureus Educatonis (in Further Education and Training: General) University of Pretoria 2007 7 A bachelor's degree
Bachelor of Education/Baccalaureus Educatonis15 University of Pretoria  2007  A bachelor's degree 
Postgraduate Certificate in Education16

University of the Western Cape

University of Natal

University of South Africa

North West University

University of Cape Town

University of Kwazulu-Natal

University of Johannesburg

University of Pretoria 

2007 7 A graduate diploma

15Intermediate and Senior Phase should be evident on the award certificate or on the transcripts

16Some specialism may be included (e.g., Senior Phase of GET, Senior Phase and Further Education, etc.)

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