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When is an IQA required?

Prospective or current teachers with undergraduate qualifications obtained overseas may, at some point, need to complete an International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) for other purposes.

This table details the instances where you might be asked to get an IQA through NZQA. 

 

Point in career

Responsible entity

Purpose

IQA through NZQA required?

Entry into an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme.

Individual ITE providers

If the overseas undergraduate qualification is listed on Immigration New Zealand’s List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA).

No

If the ITE provider uses other international or NZ databases to assess qualification equivalency of overseas qualifications to a Bachelor’s degree at Level 7 on the NZQA Framework, or recognised equivalent.

No

In all other cases.

Yes

Registration and the issuing of practising certificates.

Teaching Council

If an ITE qualification is completed in New Zealand.

No

If an overseas ITE qualification is on the NZQA/Teaching Council list of approved teaching qualifications.

No

In all other cases.

Yes

Setting teacher salary.

Novopay

If the overseas qualification is listed on Immigration New Zealand’s List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA).

No

In all other cases, including if ITE has been completed in New Zealand and where registration and certification has been approved.

Yes, if wish to have overseas qualifications recognised for the purposes of salary assessment.