New Zealand is similar to Canada and Australia in that migration points are awarded to applicants for skilled immigration.  Education is one of the factors where you can be awarded points after your international qualifications are assessed as to whether these are comparable to the standards of the country.

Assessment isn't always for immigration though.  According to the Qualifications Recognition Service (or QRS) of New Zealand, people ask to have their education qualifications assessed for employment, study and the Silver Fern Job Search Work visa.  And the QRS, which is a unit of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (or NZQA), also offers several type of assessment, depending on your need.

One could say that New Zealand is progressive in that it recognizes that there are some educational institutions offshore that grant academic qualifications that can be compared to levels of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

If you're not from the Philippines, you could still check for yourself if your credentials are included in Appendix 3 - List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment.

A word to the wise.  Immigration New Zealand states that the list "is for immigration purposes only."  It will therefore not affect any application for registration or teaching qualification that you may have to undergo.

Philippines  Academic Qualifications (lifted from the url

The qualifications awarded by the institutions listed below qualify for the points indicated:

Abbreviation Qualification NZL Level  SMC Points
For the following Philippine qualifications 7 50
BA Bachelor of Arts (a specialty may be stated)    
LLB Bachelor of Laws    
BS Bachelor of Science (a specialty may be stated)    
DDM Doctor of Dental Medicine    
MD Doctor of Medicine (Doktor sa Medisina)    
DO Doctor of Optometry    
For the following Philippine qualifications, refer to NZQA for assessment
  Bachelor of Arts (Nursing)  
  Bachelor of Arts (Teaching or Education)
  Bachelor of Science in Engineering (a specialty may be stated)
  Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
  Bachelor of Science (Teaching or Education)
For the following Philippine qualifications 8 50
MA Master of Arts (a specialty may be stated) **  
MS Master of Science (a specialty may be stated) **
For the following Philippine qualifications refer to NZQA for assessment
Master of Arts, Teaching or Education
Master of Education
Master of Nursing
Master of Science, Nursing
Master of Science, Teaching or Education
  1. * Abbreviations used are for the purposes of this list only and are not stated on the award certificates
  2. **  Where the speciality is Nursing, Teaching or Education, refer the qualification to NZQA for assessment.

The following institutions in the Philippines may award the listed qualifications specified from the dates shown.

Insitution Name * Qualifications awarded from date
National Capital Region
Ateneo de Manila University (Athenaei Manilani Curatores) - Quezon City, Metro Manila BA and BS: 1979   |   MA and MS: 2001
Centro Escolar University, Manila - Manila BA: 1991   |   BS: 1996   |   DDM and DO: 1988   |   MA and MS: 2001
De La Salle University, Manila - Manila BA and BS: 1985   |   MA and MS: 2000
Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila - Manila BA and BS: 2006   |   MA: 2009
Mapúa Institute of Technology, Manila - Intramuros, Manila BSc: 1998   |   MS: 2001
Philippine Christian University, Manila - Manila BA and BS: 1979   |   LLB: 2001
The Philippine Women's University, Manila - Manila BA and BS: 1995 - 2014   |   MA and MS: 2003 - 2014
University of Santo Tomas - Sampaloc, Manila BA and BSc: 1998   |   LLB and MD: 1979   |   MA and MS: 2000
University of the East  (Pamantasan ng Silangan) - Manila BA, BS and DDM: 1998   |   LLB: 1998 - 201   |   MS: 2001
University of the Philippines (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas) - Diliman, Quezon City BA, BS, MA and MS: 1985   |   LLB: 1985 - 2007
University of the Philippines  (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas) - Manila, Manila BA, BS, DDM, MD and MS: 1982
Ilocos Region - Region 1
University of Luzon - Dagupan City, Pangasinan BA and BS: 2003
Cagayan Valley - Region 2
St. Paul University Philippines (Saint Paul University 1997 - 2004) - Tuguegarao City, Cagayan BA and BS: 1997   |   MA: 2001
University of St. Louis - Tuguegarao City, Cagayan BA and BS: 2002
St. Mary's University (Saint Mary’s University) - Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya BA and BS: 1994   |   MA and MS: 2001   |   LLB: 2004
University of La Salette - Santiago City, Isabela BA and BS: 1998   |   MS: 2001 - 2012
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Saint Louis University - Baguio City, Benguet

BA: 2001   |   LLB and BS: 1982   |   MD: 1982 - 2013   |   MA and MS: 2001 - 2013

University of Baguio - Baguio City, Benguet BA, BS and DDM: 1999   |   DO: 2001
University of the Philippines (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas), Baguio - Baguio City, Benguet BA and BS: 2003
Central Luzon - Region 3
Central Luzon State University - Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija BS and MS: 2007
Wesleyan University Philippines - Cabanatuan City, Nueve Ecija BA and BS: 1997
Angeles University Foundation - Angeles City, Pampanga BA and MD: 1996   |   BS: 2001   |   MS: 2009
Holy Angel University - Angeles City, Pampanga BA and BS: 1996   |   MS: 2003 - 2010
Baliuag University - Baliuag, Bulacan BA and BS: 2001
Calabarzon - Region 4A
De La Salle University, Dasmariñas - Dasmariñas, Cavite BA and BS: 1999
University of the Philippines (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas) - Los Baños, Laguna BA, BS, MA and MS: 1979
Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation - Lucena City, Quezon BA and BS: 1996   |   LLB: 1997
Bicol Region - Region V
Ateneo de Naga University - Naga City, Camarines Sur BA and BS: 1999
Western Visasyas - Region VI
Central Philippine University - Iloilo City, Iloilo BA and BS: 1985   |   LLB: 1979 - 2009   |   MS: 2001
Central Visayas - Region VII
University of San Carlos - Cebu City, Cebu BA, LLB, BS, MA and MS: 1977
University of San Jose Recoletos - Cebu City, Cebu BA: 1997   |   LLB and BS: 1984   |   MA: 2001
Negros Island Region - Region VIII
Silliman University - Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental BA and BS: 1979   |   LLB: 1979 - 2010   |   MA and MS: 2001
University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental BA, LLB and BS: 1995 
University of St. La Salle - Bacolod City, Negros Occidental BA and BS: 1988   |   LLB: 1997 - 2010   |   MD: 2007
Zamboanga Peninsula - Region IX
Ateneo de Zamboanga University - Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur BA, BS, MA, and MS: 2001   |   MD: 2004
Northern Mindanao - Region X
Xavier University (Pamantasan ng Xavier) - Ateneo de Cagayan - Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental BA and BS: 1980   |   LLB: 1989   |   MD: 1992   |   MA and MS: 2001
Davao Region - Region XI
Ateneo de Davao University - Davao City, Davao del Sur BA: 1979   |   LLB: 1979 - 2014   |   BS: 1993   |   MA and MS: 2001 - 2014
University of Mindanao - Davao City, Davao del Sur BA and BS: 1999   |   LLB: 1999 - 2014
University of the Immaculate Conception - Davao City, Davao del Sur BA and BS: 1992   |   MS: 2001 - 2008
University of the Philippines (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas) Mindanao - Davao City, Davao del Sur BA and BS: 1995
Soccsksargen - Region XII
Notre Dame of Marbel University - Koronadal City, South Cotabato BS: 1997 - 2014   |   MS: 2001

*  Alternative institution names which may be included on the award certificate are indicated in parantheses. Names and dates of institutions have been included in the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment for immigration purposes.

KaVisa, IVC doesn't process applications for permanent residency or for work to New Zealand.  Neither do we offer jobs.

But if you are interested in immigrating to New Zealand and want to move your application forward, we recommend two reputable and honest New Zealand Licensed Immigration Advisers who are based in that country.  Feel free to get in touch with either of them directly to firm up your plans:

Mr. Christie Qadir, Director of Immigranz Ltd.

Ms. Sally Forbes, Director of Bay Immigration


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