Moving to New Zealand?

Engineers are in demand in New Zealand

If you're looking to immigrate to New Zealand, IPENZ offers assessment services which may help you when applying for work and immigration status.

Finding out about the immigration process

If you're just starting to think about moving to New Zealand and are not sure what’s involved, the Immigration New Zealand website is a good place to start. It provides information about visa and immigration pathways as well as latest information about engineering skills currently in demand.

Confirming your qualification is recognised in New Zealand

If you think you may be eligible for a skilled migrant visa, you can claim bonus eligibility points if you have qualifications in an area of absolute skills shortage.

Engineering qualifications must be equivalent to those awarded by signatories of the Washington Accord. To check if your academic qualification was awarded from an accredited engineering programme, go to the International Engineering Alliance website

Our qualification services

If your qualification was not awarded by an accredited programme, IPENZ offers qualification services to help determine if you are eligible for bonus immigration points under the Long Term Skills Shortage List.

Under New Zealand Immigration rules, you’ll need to apply to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) for assessment first, unless you’re from a country on the exempt list. New Zealand Immigration can advise whether this applies to you.

We use our international networks (through the Washington Accord, International Professional Engineers Agreement and APEC engineers agreement) to obtain evidence about your academic qualifications and professional registrations.

If we can establish your qualifications are equivalent to the Washington Accord, we will provide you with the evidence to submit with your immigration application.  

If we are unable to confirm your qualifications are equivalent to the Washington Accord through these channels, we can assess your qualifications and engineering knowledge against the Washington Accord profile to establish eligibility.

To get your qualification assessed or find out more about our services, email immigration@ipenz.org.nz