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New Zealand qualifications

New Zealand qualifications are replacing National Certificates and National Diplomas at Levels 1–6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

Gain a New Zealand qualification at Levels 1-6

Programmes leading to New Zealand qualifications at Levels 1-6 are available through institutes of technology and polytechnics, private training establishments, schools or wānanga. Workplace based training programmes and apprenticeships also lead to New Zealand qualifications.

You can study towards and complete a New Zealand qualification full-time or part-time, in different places, or in the workplace if the qualification relates to your work.

You may be able to have skills and knowledge from previous formal or non-formal learning recognised for credit towards a qualification.  This is called Recognition of learning for credit.

New Zealand qualifications are recognised across New Zealand.

The National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Levels 1–3 are also New Zealand qualifications. They will continue to be called the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Get started

There are many different New Zealand qualifications available.  To find one that’s right for you, see Search qualifications.

You can also contact your local polytechnic, wānanga, school or private training establishment to ask how you can enrol in a programme that leads to a New Zealand qualification.

If you are in a job and wish to enrol in job-related training, your employer or the Industry Training Organisation that covers your workplace will know all about New Zealand qualifications. They may have workplace assessors available.

Be sure that the qualification is called a New Zealand Certificate or Diploma (unless it’s NCEA). Only organisations that have been quality assured by NZQA can advertise and provide New Zealand qualifications.

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