The products offered
by Qualifications Recognition Services (QRS) will change on 9 December 2019.
Recent changes to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority are
‘designed to better meet the needs of applicants and end users.’
The New Zealand
Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is the government agency responsible for New
Zealand Qualifications, and for assessing qualifications gained overseas to
determine the equivalent level in New Zealand terms.
Recognition Services (QRS), a team within the NZQA, assesses qualifications
awarded outside of New Zealand. As explained by Immigration New Zealand, ‘For a qualification that was gained at
an overseas tertiary institution to be eligible for points under the Skilled
Migrant category, it must be recognised through one of the following: your
qualification is included on our List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment,
you have full or
provisional registration and your qualification has been assessed by a New
Zealand organisation authorised by law to issue occupational registration as
being comparable to a New Zealand qualification on the List of
Qualifications Exempt from Assessment’.
On the 9th December 2019 an updated suite of products, a new fee structure and a new online application portal for the recognition of overseas qualifications, will be introduced. The upcoming changes are outlined on the NZQA website. Caroline Ryan Licensed Immigration Adviser said the changes will include discontinuation of the PAR (the pre-assessment result) which was introduced when processing an IQA took several months.
NZQA says ‘Now that an IQA is completed within 25 working days, the
rationale for the PAR no longer exists’.
There will be a price change to the
Overseas Study Assessment (OSA) which will cost less. However, there will be a
cost increase for a Review of an IQA, which ‘reflects the considerable time and
resources required to review an IQA. The fee is refunded if the initial
assessment is found to be incorrect’. IQA will include one qualification, and
specific add-on options will be available for those who intend to teach in New
Zealand or require an assessment against skill shortage list requirements.
Through the newly designed online application web portal applicants
will be able to register and apply for QRS products, view submitted and draft
applications and download their results statement directly from their online
dashboard. The current dashboard will be available until 9 June 2020.
The QRS is also responsible for issuing quality recognition
statements. NZQA says ‘the IQA Recognition Statement will remain the same. You
will be able to verify the authenticity of assessment reports issued in that
format through NZQA’s website’.
The Qualification Recognition Services Document Verification can be
used to verify the results of the International Qualifications Assessments
(IQAs) and Overseas Study Assessments (OSAs). As NZQA explains ‘this service
verifies the authenticity of the NZQA assessment results not the authenticity
of the overseas qualification itself’.
There will be no agent accounts in the new application system. NZQA
says you will need to submit a normal application under your client’s name but
will be able to enter agent details during the application process so NZQA is
aware you are an agent.
Completed and ‘in-flight’ applications will still be able to be
accessed until 9 June 2020 through agent accounts.