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Qualification assessments are done at an individual qualification level, with some exceptions.  The following assessments have been made as blanket decisions:

  • Teaching qualifications – New Zealand teaching qualifications that have been approved for teacher registration by the NZ Teachers Council (formerly the NZ Teacher Registration Board) are deemed to be equivalent to Level 4 for pay equity purposes. This includes Diplomas, Bachelor’s degrees, Graduate and Post-Graduate Diplomas, and Masters degrees. This also applies to teaching qualifications gained overseas that have led to the person gaining Registration by the NZ Teachers Council.  All other overseas teaching qualifications should be submitted for assessment via our on-line application. To find out if a teaching qualification has NZ Teachers Council or previously NZ Teacher Registration Board approval view the following website:    https://educationcouncil.org.nz/
  • Social Work qualifications – obtained in New Zealand and recognised by NZ Social Work Registration Board will be assessed as equivalent to Level 4.  A list of these can be found here https://swrb.govt.nz/for-social-workers/new-registrations/nz-recognised-sw-qualifications/. All other Social Work qualifications, unless listed on our website as equivalent, will need to be sent to Careerforce for assessment.
  • New Zealand Nursing Qualifications – If you hold a NZ Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, an NZ enrolled nursing qualification or have had Registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council and are working as a care and support worker under the Act then your qualification is assessed as equivalent to Level 4.