How we assess overseas qualifications

We follow a detailed process to understand how your overseas qualification relates to New Zealand qualifications.

How we evaluate your qualification

We apply international best practices when assessing overseas qualifications. We compare the qualification to a level or a qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) to recognise it.

Once you have applied for an International Qualification Assessment (IQA), we have a two-stage process for evaluating your qualification.

Apply for an International Qualification Assessment

Stage 1: Checking the qualification

NZQA checks the qualification within the education system in which it was gained. We try to establish that the qualification:

  • was formally issued by a recognised awarding body, and
  • met the regulations which applied within the relevant education system at the time.

Stage 2: Assessing the qualification

We then look at how the qualification works within its own country.

We can get information from:

  • the country's qualifications framework, if it has one
  • any existing recognition arrangement we may have with the country.

Recognition arrangements with other countries

We compare the qualification to a level or qualification type on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

To establish if a qualification is at a comparable level on the NZQF, we consider the learning outcomes of the qualification. Learning outcomes can be achieved and demonstrated in a variety of settings. Our assessment considers:

  • entrance requirements for the qualification
  • the duration of the learning programme and volume of study
  • the quality assurance system that underpins the education system and the specific qualification.

What happens next

Our recognition assessment can take up to 25 working days to complete. We will contact you once the assessment has been completed. You will be able to download your recognition statement from our online portal using the account you created.

Recognition statements

If you disagree with the assessment

If you want to appeal the outcome of your assessment, you need to apply for a review within 3 months of the published date on the recognition statement.

You can contact us to discuss the outcome of your recognition statement before deciding to submit a review.

Contact us about an IQA review

We will refund the review fee if there is a change to the outcome of the original recognition statement.

The review fee may be partially refunded if we determine that new information is available after the original assessment was completed.

Qualification recognition fees

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact us:

Note: We can only provide advice on the recognition status of your overseas qualification. You will need to contact the relevant organisations for information about migrating to New Zealand, professional registration or enrolment.

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