Entry into NCEA

The National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) qualifications are organised by NZQA. Students automatically become a candidate for NCEA when their school first sends results for internally assessed standards to NZQA, entries are made for externally assessed standards, or an entry is made for New Zealand Scholarship.

Each student has a unique National Student Number (NSN). The student can use this to look up information that NZQA holds about them, including their entries, results and Record of Achievement. Students may also be studying courses with other providers such as Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, workplace providers or a polytechnic.

Students must obey all the rules and procedures for NCEA. See the Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess.

For an introductory pamphlet for NCEA candidates see:

Home-schooled students

A home-schooled student who wishes to enter for achievement or unit standards must establish a link with a registered school. The school must have the relevant New Zealand Qualifications Framework accreditation. For more information, see Assessment and Examination Rules for Home-Schooled Students.

International students

International students resident in New Zealand can gain National Certificates of Educational Achievement. For more information see Coming to New Zealand.


Schools are solely responsible for payment of NCEA and/or New Zealand Scholarship fees to NZQA for their international students. NZQA will no longer accept fee payments directly from international students.

The relevant fees are set out in the Fees Schedule . More information can be found here.

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