Pre-Approved Overseas Teaching Qualifications

Some overseas teaching qualifications may not need an International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) for the purposes of Teacher Registration and Teacher Salary. The lists in the tables at the bottom of this page include pre-approved overseas Initial Teacher Education (ITE) qualifications that are exempt from assessment.

If your overseas qualification is in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector and you intend to work in ECE centres, you will need an IQA to compare your qualification with the core knowledge requirements of a New Zealand ECE or primary teacher education programme. This is for Ministry of Education centre licencing and funding requirements.

You may be exempt from needing an IQA if your ITE qualification was awarded by an institution in one of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Fiji (University of the South Pacific)
  • Ireland (Eire)
  • England and Wales
  • South Africa

Use the information below to determine whether your qualification is pre-approved. Note that if you hold a degree qualification in addition to a pre-approved ITE qualification, you may still need an IQA.  In this context, a degree qualification is any qualification at or above bachelor's degree level that is not considered an ITE qualification.

Do note that if your ITE qualification is on the pre-approved list but not the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA), you may require an IQA for immigration purposes (residency pathway).

Do you need an IQA?

First, you do not need an IQA if your educational pathway fits the following descriptions:

  • you hold only an ITE qualification, and it is listed in a table of pre-approved ITE qualifications below, or
  • you hold a degree qualification that was earned before a pre-approved ITE qualification (awarded by an institution in the same country where you completed your ITE qualification), or
  • the degree qualification you earned after your pre-approved ITE qualification was awarded by an institution in England or Wales from or within the dates listed on one of the United Kingdom Recognised Bodies lists linked in the table below, or
  • the degree qualification you earned (not an ITE) meets the criteria on Immigration New Zealand's List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA) to be exempt from assessment.  Learn more about the LQEA.

Answer these questions to help decide whether you need an IQA.

1. Is your teaching qualification the only qualification you hold, and on the pre-approved list of ITE qualifications?

  • If yes, you do not need an IQA.
  • If your ITE qualification is not on the pre-approved list, you need to apply for an IQA.
  • If your ITE qualification is on the pre-approved list, but you hold an additional qualification, answer the next question.

2. If you have a degree qualification or qualifications in addition to a pre-approved ITE qualification, were they awarded in the same year (and by the same institution) or before your ITE qualification, and awarded by an institution in the same country where you completed your ITE qualification?

OR

Does your degree qualification (or qualifications) meet the criteria listed on the LQEA to qualify for exemption?

  • If yes, you do not need an IQA.
  • If no, answer the next question.

3. Was your degree qualification awarded by an institution in England or Wales (from or within the dates listed on one of the United Kingdom Recognised Bodies lists linked in the table below) after your pre-approved ITE qualification?

  • If yes, you do not need an IQA.
  • If no, you need an IQA.
  • If you earned your degree qualification in a country that is not England or Wales, answer the next question.

4. Does your degree qualification (not an ITE) meet the criteria listed on the LQEA to qualify for exemption?

  • If yes, you do not need an IQA.
  • If no, you need an IQA.

If you hold an ITE qualification that does not meet the criteria of the pre-approved lists, or a degree qualification that was awarded after your ITE qualification and does not meet the criteria listed above, you will need an IQA.

How to check the ITE pre-approved qualifications list

An ITE qualification is pre-approved if:

  • the qualification name stated on the award certificate is listed in the relevant table of pre-approved ITE qualifications below, and
  • the awarding body is included in the relevant table of pre-approved ITE qualifications below, and
  • you can provide the award certificate and transcripts (as requested) in the original language for each year of study, and
  • your study was not completed at any institution outside of the country of the awarding body (including any overseas campuses of the awarding body), and
  • you are not excluded by any additional country-specific requirements.

How to check degree qualifications on the LQEA

If your degree qualification was awarded after your pre-approved ITE qualification and it is included on the LQEA, you do not need an IQA. Here are instructions for understanding the LQEA:

  • Read the LQEA instructions above each list carefully. To be exempt from an assessment your degree must be named in the Qualification Awarding Table and your awarding institution must be listed with your degree abbreviation included for the year of your award.
  • A Level 7 outcome stated on a current Academic LQEA may be considered to reflect the outcome of a New Zealand bachelor degree at NZQF Level 7 with a minimum of 360 credits/3 year FT study.
  • A Level 8 outcome stated on a current Academic LQEA for a program of 1 to 2 years of study may be considered to reflect a New Zealand post-graduate diploma at NZQF Level 8 with a minimum of 120 credits/1 year FT study.
  • A Level 8 outcome stated on a current Academic LQEA for a program of at least 4 years study may be considered to reflect the outcome of both a bachelor degree at NZQF level 7 minimum of 360 credits/3 year FT study, and a New Zealand post-graduate diploma at NZQF Level 8 with a minimum of 120 credits/1 year FT study.
  • A Level 9 outcome stated on a current Academic LQEA may be considered to reflect the outcome of a New Zealand master degree at NZQF Level 9 with a minimum of 180 credits/1 ½ year of FT study.
  • A Level 10 outcome stated on a current Academic LQEA may be considered to reflect the outcome of a New Zealand Doctor of Philosophy degree NZQF Level 10 with a minimum of 360 credits/3 year FT study.

Visit the LQEA

NOTE: If your degree qualifications are not currently included in the LQEA you will require an assessment by NZQA for your qualification to receive a NZQF level for immigration and/or salary purposes.

List of Pre-Approved Overseas Teaching Qualifications

The list of pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications is organised by country. Visit the list of pre-approved overseas teaching qualifications. 

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