Applying for an IQA to register as a teacher in New Zealand

If you have an overseas teaching qualification, you may need to apply for an International Qualification Assessment (IQA) teaching assessment add-on to teach in New Zealand.

Find out if you need an IQA to register as a teacher in New Zealand

Before you start, check that you meet the requirements on the Come and Teach in New Zealand website.

Are you eligible to live and teach in New Zealand? – Come and Teach in New Zealand

Teaching Flowchart

Definition of teaching qualification

A teaching qualification is an academic qualification awarded for the completion of study which is designed to prepare a person to become a teacher.

In New Zealand, teaching qualifications include theoretical studies and assessed practicum experiences.

Pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications

People with pre-approved teaching qualifications do not require an IQA to register as a teacher or get a teacher salary assessment.

Pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications

List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA)

LQEA refers to Immigration New Zealand’s List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment. Refer to the flowchart above to determine if you need to check this list.

List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA)

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Apply for an International Qualification Assessment (IQA)

Contact us

NZQA is not able to provide advice about registering as a teacher in New Zealand. If you have an enquiry about the assessment of your qualification or applying for an IQA, contact us through our online form or phone 0800 697 296.

 
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