If you are a graduate of some colleges and universities, there may be a chance that you may not have to undergo an individual assessment from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
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 onlineservices.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/45793.htm)
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|
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.
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