Pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications

How it works

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

Find out if your teaching qualification is pre-approved

Your teaching qualification may be pre-approved if it is not for early childhood education (ECE) and was awarded in Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, England, Wales or South Africa.

In New Zealand, teaching qualifications are awarded after completion of a programme of study specifically designed to prepare individuals to teach in schools (primary, intermediate or secondary), kura (Māori language immersion schools) or in the early learning sector.

Pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications finder tool

Complete the questions below. Your qualification can only be considered pre-approved if the qualification award name and year match, and the special conditions (if any) are met.

This list was last updated on 8 October 2021 and is valid from that date.

If your qualification is pre-approved

If your qualification is pre-approved, you do not need to apply for an IQA to use that qualification to register as a teacher in New Zealand or have your salary assessed.

If you have other qualifications, you may still need to have them assessed for teacher salary purposes. We recommend you check with the Ministry of Education before applying for an IQA for any other qualifications.

Salary assessment – Education Payroll

If your qualification is not on the pre-approved list

You will need to apply for an IQA to register as a teacher in New Zealand and have your salary assessed.

Apply for an International Qualification Assessment (IQA)

Working in the early learning (ECE) sector

If you hold a primary teaching qualification but intend to work in the early learning sector (0-6 years of age), you will need to apply for an IQA with the teaching assessment add-on even if your qualification is pre-approved.

This is required by the Ministry of Education for ECE centre licensing and funding purposes.

Apply for an International Qualification Assessment (IQA)

 
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