Check Whether Your Qualifications Need To Be Assessed
Fortunately for some, not all overseas qualifications need to be assessed.

Search by country and then qualification on the Immigration New Zealand’s Qualifications Exempt from Assessment list to see whether you need to be assessed. They also have a list of Qualifications Recognised as an Exception, that don’t require assessment.

If you find your qualification on either of these lists, they’re recognised in New Zealand and do not require external authorisation which helps to make your immigration process smoother.

If your qualification is not on either list, then you will need to have it assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority:

Note: If you are a teacher, you will require your teaching qualification to be assessed by NZQA for salary and registration purposes.

Check Whether You Need To Register with a New Zealand Board
Once you know whether your qualifications are recognised in NZ, have a look to see whether you'll need to register with any of the National Boards in order to practice in New Zealand.
Here is a list below from the Immigration New Zealand Website:


New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA)


New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB)

Barristers | Solicitors

New Zealand Law Society


Chiropractic Board NZ

Clinical Psychologists | Educational Psychologists

NZ Psychologists Board

Dentists | Dental Therapists | Hygienists | Technicians

Dental Council of New Zealand


New Zealand Dietitians Board

Electricians | Electrical Service Technicians | Line Mechanics

Electrical Workers Licensing Group

Note: Electrician - where a current 'Employer License' is held, an electrician working for that employer does not require individual occupational registration.


The Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)

Financial Advisors

The Institute of Financial Advisors

Medical Laboratory Scientists | Medical Laboratory Technicians

Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand

Medical Radiation Technologists

Medical Radiation Technologists Board

Medical Practitioners

Medical Council of New Zealand


Midwifery Council of NZ


Nursing Council of New Zealand

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Optometrists | Dispensing Opticians

New Zealand Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board


Osteopathic Council of NZ


Pharmacy Council of New Zealand


The Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand

Plumbers | Gasfitters | Drain layers

Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Board


Podiatrists Board of NZ

Real Estate Agents

Real Estate Agents Authority


New Zealand Institute of Surveyors


New Zealand Teachers Council

Veterinarians | Veterinary Surgeons

Veterinary Council of New Zealand