Applying for a skills assessment in New Zealand

Learn more about assessment fees & approximate processing times with CA ANZ. Find out how you can review or appeal your skills assessment if necessary

Steps to apply

  • Ensure you understand the details of your personal visa requirements as set by Immigration New Zealand and CA ANZ assessment criteria   
  • Learn more about assessment fees and approximate processing times
  • Ensure you have all the supporting documents in the right format
  • Submit your application for skills assessment  
  • Review/Appeal your skills assessment

Fees and processing times

Service if residing in New Zealand  Fees and processing times
AUS/NZ qualification   NZ$350 (GST inclusive), 1-2 weeks
Overseas qualification   NZ$450 (GST inclusive), 2-3 weeks
Review/Appeal   NZ$184 (GST inclusive), 1-2 weeks
Service if residing in Australia/overseas  Fees and processing times
AUS/NZ qualification  AU$350, 1-2 weeks
Overseas qualification   AU$450, 2-3 weeks
Review / Appeal   AU$184, 1-2 weeks

Skills assessment supporting documentation

You must provide the following documents with application

  • current passport details (photo pages).
  • evidence of name change (if applicable)
  • ‘Letter of authority’ (if you have a third party acting on your behalf)
  • Degree certificate – stating the title of the award, name of the awarding university/institution, the year the study was completed and the grade achieved
  • Official Academic transcript (mark sheets) – showing all subjects studied and grades received. If exemptions were granted, you are required to provide the academic transcript from the institution at which study was completed that led to those exemptions. We do not accept unofficial academic transcripts. If you hold an Australian or New Zealand qualification, you can share your official transcripts and degree documents using My eQuals service.
  • professional membership qualification (if applicable)
    • membership certificate
    • examination results/mark sheets
    • letter from professional accounting body confirming that applicant is a current member in good standing. If you are unable to provide a letter of good standing, we accept a letter from professional accounting body confirming membership status, regulatory and disciplinary information. These letters should not be more than 3 months old
    • degree certificate and academic transcript/mark sheets (if applicable)
  • Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation completed by a certified translator. You must include the original language document and the translated document with your application.

You are required to provide syllabus (course description) for non-accredited Australian and overseas degrees showing:

  • Details of all subject content of all units which correspond with your academic record for the competency areas required
  • The name of the university/institution and the date of the syllabus must appear on every page
  • The course information must apply to the time you completed your studies
  • If the information is publicly available on the internet, you may print course outlines from the web or provide links
  • If the years and subject names on your academic transcript do not correspond to those of the syllabus information, documentation from the university must be supplied to state that the syllabus information applies to the years in which you completed your study
  • Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation completed by a certified translator. You must include the original language document and the translated document with your application.

Chinese Degree Verification

CA ANZ requires all applicants who hold a qualification from an Institution in China to have their degree certificate and academic transcript verified through an authorised Chinese qualification verification service, accompanied by an official English translation. If exemptions were granted based on diploma qualification, degree certificate and academic transcript from the institution at which study was completed that led to those exemptions are also required to be verified and translated.  

All verification reports must be sent directly to CA ANZ from the verification body and must include a copy of the documents that have been verified.   

We currently recommend VETASSESS to provide this service. 

Applicants should consider the verification processing times and ensure they allocate sufficient time for verification to be completed. 

Preparing your documents

Original documents should be scanned in high quality colour in accordance with the following instructions: 

  • Scan and save the original colour of each document (both sides) into a PDF format. A high-quality scan should be clear, legible, and free from poor contrast, shadow, obstruction with no cropping or pixilation. Before scanning, please ensure the scanner is set to a minimum of 300 DPI (dots per inch) to avoid low resolution scanning.
  • Encrypted PDFs cannot be accepted.
  • Ensure your PDF files are not password protected or read only.
  • Email submission size cannot exceed 20MB in total.
  • We do not accept files that have been compressed.

If your documents are in black and white, you are required to provide certified true copies.

CA ANZ will refuse to assess applications if suspected false and/or non-authentic information or documentation is provided. CA ANZ will issue a negative outcome letter to applicant confirming that: ‘Based on the documentation submitted, CA ANZ is unable to confirm authenticity and therefore the outcome of the assessment is negative’. Suspected falsification will be notified to the Immigration New Zealand and other accounting assessing authorities. A ban on reapplying may be imposed and the application fee will not be refunded. 

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How do we process your application?

  • You can appoint an adviser authority to submit your skills assessment on your behalf. It is at your discretion if you wish to use an adviser authority or not. 
  • It is important to include your email address on application as CA ANZ accounts are created with applicant’s unique email address.
  • You must submit all the required documents to support your application. Applications submitted with missing or incorrect documentation will delay the processing time and may result in an unsuitable outcome.
  • Once your application has been processed, you will receive an acknowledgement email from CA ANZ with a reference number and tax invoice/receipt of payment.
  • If payment of assessment fee is declined, you will receive an email from CA ANZ with a tax invoice to make an online payment. You must submit the receipt of payment by return email so CA ANZ can proceed with your application.
  • CA ANZ will complete a preliminary assessment of your application and then advise you of any outstanding documentation or information that may be required. CA ANZ will only proceed with your application upon receipt of any outstanding documentation or information.
  • The processing time is calculated from the date the application is received, provided all required documents have been submitted. If you are required to provide further documentation, the processing time will commence once these documents have been received. 
  • At the completion of your application, CA ANZ will issue an outcome letter via email in secured PDF format which can be submitted to Immigration New Zealand as evidence of your skills assessment.
  • Skills assessment letters issued by CA ANZ is for migration purposes only and are valid for a period of three (3) years from the date of issue. After the expiry of the three (3) year validity period you may apply for a new skills assessment and pay the relevant assessment fee. Any such assessment would be based on the entry requirements at that time and would take into consideration any additional tertiary/professional qualification and skilled employment completed in the interim. 
  • Due to the complex nature of the assessment process CA ANZ cannot advise if your skills assessment will be suitable until after your application has been finalised.
  • If you wish to withdraw your application, an administration fee of AUD$80 will be charged in all cases. However, if any preliminary work has commenced or the skills assessment has been completed, a refund will not be issued.
  • CA ANZ will refuse to assess applications if suspected false and/or non-authentic information or documentation is provided. CA ANZ will issue a negative outcome letter to applicant confirming that: ‘Based on the documentation submitted, CA ANZ is unable to confirm authenticity and therefore the outcome of the assessment is negative’. Suspected falsification will be notified to Immigration New Zealand and other accounting assessing authorities. A ban on reapplying may be imposed and the application fee will not be refunded. 

Review or appeal your skills assessment

A review or appeal can be requested if you hold a valid assessment previously undertaken by CA ANZ.  

A review application can be requested for the following reason:  

  • update an existing application with additional details 

An appeal application can be requested if you would like to dispute the decision. You believe the assessment outcome is incorrect, and an error has been made.  

What you should know before applying for a review or appeal of skills assessment  

If you believe the assessment outcome is incorrect and, an error has been made, an appeal can only be submitted within 60 days from the date of your skills assessment outcome letter. You must include detailed reasons why you believe the original outcome is incorrect. No additional or altered documentation can be submitted. An appeal will be assessed by a different or senior assessor within CA ANZ who was not involved in the original outcome. The assessor will re-assess all documentation with particular focus on the comments and reasons you provided on your appeal application. If the appeal identifies that an error has been made that affects the skills assessment outcome, CA ANZ will issue a revised skills assessment outcome. An appeal fee is payable and will be refunded if the appeal is successful.

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