Apply for an International Qualification Assessment (IQA)

Find out how to apply to have an overseas qualification evaluated for use in New Zealand.

1. Check what you need to apply for

First you should confirm that you need to apply for an IQA. Then you need to work out if you require an add-on evaluation for skills shortage or teacher registration.

Find out if you need an IQA

We can only evaluate one qualification for each IQA. If you have an additional qualification you want evaluated, you have to apply for another IQA.

2. Documents you will need

We can only accept scanned copies of your original documents. You will need to upload these to our web portal.

If you have refugee status in New Zealand, contact us for information about how to apply.

Passport bio-data page (required)

The section of your passport that shows your photograph, name, date of birth, and nationality. If there is a page that mentions your parents’ names, please also provide that page.

Evidence of name change (required)

If your current legal name (the name that is listed on your passport) is different from the name listed on your award certificate(s), you must provide evidence of your name change. This could be a marriage certificate, deed poll or affidavit.

Award certificate (required)

The certificate issued by the awarding organisation in the original language. You might have received this at a graduation ceremony after completion of your course.

Transcript, academic record or mark sheet (required)

A full:

  • transcript
  • academic record, or
  • mark sheet.

This must show details for each year of study.

It must include the subject names and results of classes/modules/papers you completed. If you completed a full semester or more with a different education provider and details of this are not included on your transcript, we may need further information from you.

If you cannot provide a transcript (for example, if your awarding organisation did not offer them at the time), you must supply a syllabus from the time of your study.

Syllabus (required if applicable)

If your transcript, academic record or mark sheet does not include the names of the courses/subjects you completed (for example, if it only shows the course codes, or only lists the courses as "Module 1", "Module 2", without any other information), provide a syllabus of your programme of study that outlines the courses/subjects covered. We recommend that you include a syllabus wherever possible, especially if you are applying for a Teaching or Skill Shortage List evaluation.

If the syllabus is available on the awarding institution's website, you can provide the link.

If a syllabus is not available and the transcript, academic record or mark sheet does not include the detail we need, contact your awarding institution and ask them to provide you with a letter with details of the courses/subjects taken as part of your programme.

For Trade certificates: Evidence of apprenticeship or trade experience (required if applicable)

For trade certificates, if you completed a formal apprenticeship, please include the contract of apprenticeship.

This would have been issued to you by your employer and will include the dates you started and completed the apprenticeship.

NZQA cannot evaluate stand-alone work experience and/or competency-based certificates.

Depending on the pathway of the trade qualification, NZQA may not be the appropriate body to evaluate your skill set, abilities and/or competency in a specific area of trade. If you need to check, please contact us.

Underpinning qualifications (required if applicable)

You need this if you have another relevant qualification that relates to the qualification you need evaluated.

If you nominate a qualification for evaluation that has an underpinning qualification (for example, a bachelor’s degree is the underpinning qualification for a master’s degree), please provide this as a supporting document so that we can see the educational pathway that led to your higher qualification.

Underpinning qualifications will not be evaluated separately as part of the application. If you require your underpinning qualifications to be evaluated, you will need to submit a separate application.

English translations (required if applicable)

If your documents were not issued in English, you must provide an English translation by a recognised official translation service for each document.

English translations must be carried out by:

Include scanned copies of your original documents along with the translated copies.

File formats

  • All files must be saved as separate files, clearly labelled with what they are, and uploaded individually during the application process. Documents with multiple pages must be saved as one file.
  • All documents must be legible, coloured, scanned digital copies. If your original document is in colour, then you must upload a colour copy. We do not accept black and white copies of colour originals.
  • The scans must be of the complete document with no missing edges, corners or information.
  • Documents must be scanned on the back as well if they contain any information, such as stamps, seals, or instructions.
  • Documents do not need to be certified, but they must be copies of the original.
  • All files should be saved as .pdf, .jpg, .png, or .docx

We reserve the right to ask for additional proof of authenticity for any documents submitted. We may also ask you to resubmit documents if the content is unclear or ambiguous.

Other information you will need

You will also need to provide:

  • personal details, including your email address, phone number and postal address
  • details about the awarding organisation that awarded your qualification, including its postal address, campus name and website address
  • details about your qualification, including the country of award, country of study (if different) and study dates
  • contact details for anyone else you would like to contact us on your behalf (for example, a relative, friend, licensed immigration adviser).

Falsified information and fraudulent activity

We take fraudulent activity very seriously. We will decline your application if we discover evidence of falsified information with the intent to mislead or misrepresent. We will also revoke your recognition statement and decline further applications.

We will also inform the relevant authorities and agencies, including Immigration New Zealand, Inland Revenue and the New Zealand Police.

3. Fees and payment

You will need a credit card to pay the application fee.

Qualification evaluation fees

If you require an add-on evaluation after your IQA has been completed, you can request this within 12 months of the date you receive your evaluation results.

4. Apply now

Once you have gathered all the required documents for your application, you can create an account through our online web portal to submit an application.

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Information for agents

We no longer have agent accounts. If you are an agent applying on behalf of a client, you will need to enter your client's details in the online application form. There is a separate section for you to enter your details as the authorised contact for the applicant.

Download more information for agents (PDF, 137KB).

5. After you have applied

Please note that we are currently making changes to the way we work to improve our efficiency. We anticipate these changes will be completed by the end of April 2022.

These changes will affect application processing times in the interim period. Once we receive all the relevant documents or information relating to your application, it may take up to 4 months to complete the evaluation. You can check the status of your application by logging into the online application portal or by contacting us.

Missing documents or information

We can only proceed with an evaluation of your qualification once we receive all the relevant documents or information relating to your application. You will be contacted to provide these documents. We reserve the right to cancel your application if we do not hear back from you within 30 days of being contacted to provide missing or additional documents. 

How we evaluate overseas qualifications

Prioritising evaluations

We do not offer a priority service. Please contact us if you require an email confirming your application is underway for agencies such as Immigration New Zealand.

Contact us

For more information or to give us feedback, contact us through our online form or phone 0800 697 296.

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