Visa applications for occupations on the Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL) in New Zealand may require assessment by a relevant assessing authority. CPA Australia is approved by Immigration New Zealand to assess your qualifications to determine if you meet the Required Standard for the ANZSCO occupation Accountant (General).

Refer to Immigration New Zealand for more information.

Processing times

Assessment processing times will vary depending on incoming application volumes. Typically, your assessment will be processed in under 10 business days if all required documents are submitted. Should further supporting documentation be required, your assessment will be placed on hold until all the necessary documents are received.

Assessment criteria

There are two components of the skills assessment to determine suitability:

1. Degree comparability

You must hold a qualification that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an New Zealand bachelor’s degree. CPA Australia uses 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 for relevancy to your chosen occupation against the following competency areas:

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

Accredited courses

If you have completed study that is formally accredited by CPA Australia, 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 syllabus.


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