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

If you intend to register as a teacher to be able to teach in New Zealand, you should first contact the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand to check the requirements. The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand will confirm if you require an IQA and which of your qualifications need to be assessed. Qualifications Recognition Services is unable to advise on matters related to registering as a teacher, such as what you require to be assessed or what age sector you can teachso please be sure to check with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand first before you begin your IQA application.

Once you have confirmed with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand that you do require a IQA, please be sure to refer to the flowchart below before applying. The flowchart will help you determine whether you require an IQA for your qualification, and if you need to select the Teaching Assessment Add-On during the application process. 

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 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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