Getting overseas qualifications recognised by NZQA

We are currently making changes to the way we work to improve our efficiency. These changes were embedded in April 2022 and have affected application processing times in the interim period. Once we receive all the relevant documents or information relating to your application, it may take up to 4 months to complete the evaluation. You can check the status of your application by logging into the online application portal or by contacting us.

Find out how and when to have an overseas qualification evaluated by NZQA for use in New Zealand.

Why we evaluate overseas qualifications

NZQA evaluates overseas tertiary and vocational qualifications to work out how they compare to New Zealand qualifications.

Evaluation results can help New Zealand organisations better understand your overseas qualification for immigration, employment or further study. Check if you need an evaluation with the organisation you are applying to.

Find out if you need an International Qualification Assessment (IQA)

Find out when you may need to apply to have an overseas qualification evaluated by NZQA for use in New Zealand, and which types of qualifications we can evaluate.

Find out if you need an IQA

Apply for an International Qualification Assessment

Apply to have an overseas qualification evaluated for use in New Zealand.

Apply for an IQA

How we evaluate overseas qualifications

We follow a detailed process to determine how your overseas qualification relates to New Zealand qualifications.

How we evaluate overseas qualifications

Recognition statements

We issue recognition statements to show the results of an International Qualification Assessment (IQA) or an Overseas Study Assessment (OSA).

Recognition statements

Applications submitted before February 2020

Results of evaluations completed before February 10, 2020 are no longer available online. You can contact us if you need a copy.

Applications submitted before February 2020

 
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