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

Please note that NZQA is unable to advise on matters related to teacher registration.

If you intend to register as a teacher to teach in New Zealand, please read the information on the Teach in New Zealand website to check that you meet the requirements.

Please refer to the flowchart below before applying to determine whether you require an IQA for your qualification, and if you need to select the Teaching Assessment Add-On.

IMPORTANT: The Teaching Assessment Add-On mentioned below is only for applicants who already hold a teaching qualification and who intend to register with the Teaching Council to become a teacher in New Zealand. The add-on assesses your qualification against specific criteria for teaching and is not for applicants who intend to study in the future for a teaching qualification. If your purpose is further study, please click here for information on how to apply.

Teaching Flowchart

Definition of a 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 (known as initial teacher education (ITE) because they are completed before joining the profession as a registered teacher) include theoretical studies integrated with assessed practicum experiences. 

List of Pre-Approved Overseas Teaching Qualifications
The List of Pre-Approved Overseas Teaching Qualifications is a list maintained by NZQA and can be accessed through this link. These are teaching qualifications that have been pre-approved for teacher registration and teacher salary assessment purposes. This means that no IQA is required to register with the Teaching Council if your qualification is on this list.

List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA)
LQEA refers to Immigration New Zealand’s List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment. If your qualification is on this list, you may not require an IQA for teaching purposes. Refer to the flowchart above to determine what you need to apply for (if anything).

What Next?

Once you have referred to the flowchart above and taken note of whether you require the Teaching Assessment Add-On for your IQA, click below.

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