Recognition of Overseas Qualifications


NZQA will keep you informed of any changes that will affect your international qualifications recognition application. These changes will help NZQA continually develop better practices and improve our service.

Changes will be published quarterly and will take effect immediately from the date they are published on our website. Applications received before each change date will not be impacted by the changes made, unless otherwise stated.

The schedule for publishing changes in 2021 is below:
- April 2021
- July 2021
- October 2021

We will ensure changes are clearly communicated.

If you submitted an application before 10 February 2020, please click here for information on your application.  

COVID-19 Update: New Zealand is currently in lockdown, however we will continue to assess overseas qualifications for recognition.

If you experience any difficulty submitting your application during this time, please contact us on


NZQA assesses overseas tertiary and vocational upper-secondary qualifications to determine if they can be recognised in New Zealand and compared to a level and qualification type on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

How we recognise qualifications

When we assess an overseas qualification, we first check its recognition status in the country of award, and if applicable, in the country of study. We also check the relevant regulations in those countries. We research information about the qualification, including course duration, content and study pathway. We use this information to compare the qualification to the levels and types of qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). Our principles and policies provide more details of our assessment procedures.

We assess tertiary and vocational upper-secondary qualifications from all over the world. We reserve the right to refuse recognition if there is insufficient information available to assess any qualification. 

Types of assessment 

We offer two types of assessment:

International Qualification Assessment (IQA)

A standard assessment of a tertiary or vocational upper-secondary qualification awarded overseas. An IQA can be requested for various purposes, including immigration, teacher registration, teacher salary assessment, employment and further study. Read more…

Overseas Study Assessment (OSA)

An assessment required by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) for New Zealand residents who have completed a qualification or plan to study outside of New Zealand and wish to apply for their student loan to be interest-free while studying overseas. Read more…

Recognition (results) statement

Once your qualification or programme of study is assessed, we will notify you by email and you will be able to download a PDF file of your IQA or OSA by logging into your account. You can then print this statement or send it to the relevant authorities. Your recognition statement will be available on your online dashboard for a period of 10 years for IQAs and 5 years for OSAs, so please be sure to download and keep a copy for your records. 

Verifying a results statement for authenticity

IQA and OSA Recognition Statements can be verified for authenticity through our verification page. Note that this process only verifies the authenticity of the statement; it does not verify the authenticity of the qualification itself.

Validity and accuracy of IQA recognition statements

Historically, IQA and OSA recognition statements may have included an expiry date, but our recent reports no longer contain this and statements are valid indefinitely. It is important to note, however, that our evaluation policies and procedures are constantly evolving and changing, in line with new information, changes in assessment policies and regulations, and resources that become available. As a result, an assessment completed a few years ago may not provide the same result were it to be assessed today. If you believe this is the case with your assessment, you can apply for a new IQA if it falls outside the 3-month review period. Your qualification will then be assessed using our current evaluation policies and will not be based on any previous assessment.


If you have any questions, please contact us through our online form

Note: We operate independently of Immigration New Zealand, the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Ministry of Education and professional bodies. For queries relating to these agencies, please contact them directly.

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