New Zealand and Ireland have agreed on a comparison of our respective qualifications frameworks to improve the basis for how we understand and recognise each other's qualifications.

The joint project carried out by NZQA and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) compared qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NQF). By drawing broad comparisons between qualifications and where they sit on each framework, we aimed to improve the transparency and understanding of qualifications in both countries, supporting the mobility of citizens between New Zealand and Ireland.

This project was an extension of a previous qualifications recognition arrangement completed in 2010. Between 2017-2019, a working group established between QQI and NZQA reviewed the arrangement and extended the comparison to include qualifications at all levels of the frameworks.

The user guide

QQI NZQA qualification recognition agreement
The user guide can be downloaded here (PDF, 1.9MB)

The outcome of the work is a detailed user guide that sets out how the levels of the NZQF and the Irish NQF compare. NZQA and QQI used internationally defined principles of comparison and our existing links to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) to support the comparison.

While the comparisons made in the guide do not entitle holders of qualifications from one country to claim automatic recognition in the other, they support transparent and consistent recognition decisions.

  • Employers and job seekers can use this guide to better understand qualifications in one country in comparison to the other.
  • Higher Education providers and admissions staff can use this guide to facilitate recruitment of students between New Zealand and Ireland.

More about the qualifications frameworks

For more information, see:

The New Zealand Qualifications Framework 

Irish National Framework of Qualifications

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