Validity of your New Zealand migration assessment

Content Summary

Your assessment outcome is valid with Immigration New Zealand for three years from the date of outcome.

Your application with CPA Australia remains valid for a period of two years from your original acknowledgement or application received date.

Updating or appealing your outcome

If you need to update your application or appeal the outcome of your migration skills assessment, you’ll need to use the supplementary services application form. Fees applies for updates or appeals.

It’s possible to update your application only while your outcome is valid.

Begin your supplementary services application

The supplementary services application form (above) can be used to:

  • Update your assessment
    If you’ve completed additional study and would like us to consider it, then you can apply for an update to your assessment. Updates are available for a fee while your outcome is still valid (see above)
  • Appeal your assessment
    If you have obtained a skills assessment from CPA Australia and wish to appeal the outcome.

External appeal

If you're unsatisfied with the outcome of your Appeal, you can contact the Immigration & Protection Tribunal or NZ Ombudsman to see if the assessment outcome qualifies for an independent review.

Further studies

If your assessment indicates further studies are required, you have two options:

  1. Complete additional studies via the CPA Program Foundation exams
  2. Complete additional studies via accredited courses offered by other higher education providers

Foundation exams

The CPA Foundation exams are a flexible, self-paced study program. You can enrol any time and choose when to sit your exam within 12 months of enrolment. You should schedule your exam at time of enrolment.

If you would like to complete outstanding competency areas through CPA Program's Foundation exams, complete the online form below. A complimentary update to your skills assessment is available when choosing this option.

Contact us for more information.

Competency areas and corresponding CPA Australia Foundation exams

Competency requirements

Foundation exams

Economics, Quantitative Methods

Economics and Markets

Accounting Systems and Processes

Foundations of Accounting

Business Law

Comprised of Commercial Law and Corporations Law

Fundamentals of Business Law

Finance and Financial Management

Business Finance

Financial Accounting and Reporting

Comprised of Financial Accounting and Accounting Theory

Financial Accounting and Reporting

Management Accounting

Management Accounting



Taxation law


Register your interest

Register to enrol in Foundation exams for migration skills assessment purposes.

Once submitted, you will receive an email within ten working days. If eligible to enrol, you will receive instructions on how to enrol online into the required exams.

Register to enrol in Foundation Exams

Provide your CPA Australia Account ID number, Full name, email and phone number


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