Migration to New Zealand

A relevant assessing authority may need to assess visa applications for occupations on the Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL) in New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand has approved CPA Australia to assess your qualifications and determine if you meet the required Standard for the ANZSCO occupation Accountant (General).

Refer to Immigration New Zealand for more information.

Processing times

It currently takes us approximately 15 to 20 business days to process applications once we receive all necessary documents. Please note this wait time may vary depending on the volume of applications

If your application requires additional supporting details, your assessment will be put on hold until that information is received.

End-of-year office closure

CPA Australia offices will be closed during the 2021/22 festive season, from Monday 20 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 (inclusive), and this period will be excluded from the processing times for migration applications. We will endeavour to process received applications as soon as possible after our office reopens on Tuesday 4 January 2022. We thank you in advance for your patience and wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

Assessment criteria

There are two components to determine suitability:

1. Degree comparability

You must hold a qualification that we assess as being equivalent to a New Zealand bachelor’s degree. We use the guidelines of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority when assessing the comparability of overseas qualifications.

2. Educational knowledge

Study that meets the previous degree requirement will be assessed against the following competency areas:

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Business Law 
  • Economics
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods

Accredited courses

If you have completed study that is formally accredited by us, you can confirm which competency areas you have already met by using our accredited course search. If you have completed an accredited course, you will not need to provide the curriculum. 


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