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

If you hold a degree

  • current passport details (photo pages). If your name has changed, include evidence of name change.
  • ‘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 you have been granted exemptions, 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.
  • 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

  • If you hold a Chinese degree, we require that your degree certificate and academic transcript be verified through an authorised Chinese qualification verification service, accompanied by an English translation. 
  • Please confirm these services with the verification authority. We currently recommend VETASSESS to provide this service. 
  • Ensure you consider the verification processing times and ensure you allocate enough time for your verification to be completed.

GAA and recognised accounting bodies members

Members of a recognised accounting body must provide the following documents:

  • Current passport details (photo pages). If your name has changed, include evidence of name change
  • ‘Letter of authority’ (if you have a third party acting on your behalf)
  • Letter from your accounting body confirming that you are a current member in good standing. This letter should not be more than 3 months old.
  • Membership certificate.
  • Examination results/ mark sheets
  • Degree certificate and academic transcript/ mark sheets (if applicable)

Preparing your documents

Please scan your supporting documents in accordance with the instructions below:  

  • Scan and save the original colour of each document (both sides) into a PDF format.
  • 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 may refuse to assess applications if false and/or non-authentic information or documentation is suspected. Suspected falsification may be reported to Immigration New Zealand.

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How do we process your application?

  • You can appoint a Migration Agent to submit your skills assessment on your behalf. It is at your discretion if you wish to use a migration agent or not.
  • Once your application has been processed, you will receive an acknowledgement email from CA ANZ with a reference number and information to track your application progress.
  • It is important to include an email address in your application to ensure efficient communication.
  • 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 are valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue.
  • 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.
  • Privacy legislation prohibits CA ANZ from discussing details of the application with any third parties unless the applicant has provided a signed authority for us to do so.
  • CA ANZ may refuse to assess applications if false and/or non-authentic information or documentation is suspected. Suspected falsification may be reported to Immigration New Zealand.

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 or appeal can be requested for the following reasons:

  • additional subjects completed after a negative assessment
  • appeal of original outcome

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

  • If you disagree with the assessment outcome and believe an error has been made, an appeal application is available. You are required to provide further information or documentation to support your claim.
  • An appeal can only be submitted within 60 days from the date of your skills assessment outcome letter.

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