Qualifications for China skilled work occupations

To apply for a visa under the China Skilled Workers Instructions, you’ll need to have the necessary qualifications and practical experience to work in an occupation that’s considered skilled work under the China Skilled Workers Instructions.

Qualifications

The specific qualifications, experience and/or registration you’ll need to be granted a visa under the China Skilled Workers Instructions will depend on your occupation.

The qualifications you need will be listed under your occupation type, along with the level your qualification must be assessed at, for it to be considered comparable to a New Zealand qualification.

If you need New Zealand registration to work in your occupation, we’ll consider your registration as proof your qualifications are comparable.

If you need to check if your qualification is comparable, you can read the New Zealand Qualifications Framework or contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

New Zealand Qualifications Framework

www.nzqa.govt.nz

Auditor

You must have both:

  • a degree majoring in accountancy ( level 7)
    membership with New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA).

For information on becoming a member of the NZICA, visit:

www.nzica.com

Automotive electrician

You must have a National Certificate in Motor Industry (level 4) in either:

  • Automotive Engineering 
  • Automotive Electrical Engineering
  • Automotive Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Boatbuilder

You must have a National Certificate in Boatbuilding (level 4).

Computer Applications Engineer

You must have both:

  • a degree majoring in computer science, information science or information technology (level 7)
    3 years of relevant work experience.

Design Engineers – Electronics or Product Engineer

You must have both:

  • a degree majoring in electronics, computer science or telecommunications ( level 7) 
  • 3 years of relevant work experience.

At least 12 months of your work experience will need to have been in the last 18 months.

Diesel Mechanic

You must have a National Certificate (level 4) in Motor Industry (Automotive Heavy Engineering).

Early Childhood Teacher

You must have both:

  • a qualification in Early Childhood Education for ages 0-5 (level 7 or better) that’s been approved by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
    New Zealand registration.

For information on teachers’ registration, visit:

www.educationcouncil.org.nz

Electronics Technician

You must have either:

  • a National Diploma in Engineering (Electronics) ( level 6) 
  • a relevant degree, eg Bachelor of Technology in Electronics, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (level 7).

You must also have 3 years of relevant work experience, at least 12 months of which was in the last 18 months.

Electrician

You must have both:

  • a full or limited certificate from the Electrical Workers Registration Board
  • New Zealand registration.

For information on certification and registration, contact the:

www.ewrb.govt.nz

Film Animator

You must have a degree (level 7) in one of the following:

  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Film

Your degree must have specialised in one of the following:

  • multimedia
  • computer graphics
  • digital design
  • computer programming
  • software development

Fitter and Turner

You must have a National Certificate (level 5) in either:

  • Maintenance and Diagnostics in Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering, Machining and Toolmaking.

Fitter or Welder

You must have a National Certificate (level 5) in either:

  • Maintenance and Diagnostics in Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering - Fabrication with strands in Welding or Heavy Fabrication.

Medical Diagnostic Radiographer or Medical Radiation Therapist

You must have both:

  • a Bachelor in Health Science specialising in either Medical Radiation Therapy or Medical Imaging
  • New Zealand registration

For information on registration, contact the
Medical Radiation Technologists Board

Motor Mechanic

You must have a National Certificate (level 4) in Motor Industry (Automotive Engineering).

Plumber

You must have New Zealand Plumbing Registration.

For information on registration, contact
the Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Board

Registered Nurse

You must have either:

  • a bachelor of Nursing
  • a Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing, diploma or hospital based certificate.

You must also have New Zealand registration.

For information on registration, contact:

the Nursing Council of New Zealand

Senior Test Analyst

You must have both:

  • a relevant degree, eg Bachelor of Technology in Electronics, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (level 7)
  • 3 years of relevant work experience, at least 12 months of which, was in the last 18 months.

Structural Engineer

You must either have:

  • a relevant degree (level 7) and be registered on the International Professional Engineers Register or Asia Pacific Economic Co-Operation (APEC) Engineers Register
  • a Washington Accord accredited engineering degree.

University and Higher Education Lecturer and/or Tutor

You must have either a:

  • Masters Degree
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD).

Veterinarian

You must have both:

  • a Bachelor of Veterinary Science approved by the Veterinary Council of New Zealand
  • New Zealand registration with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.

For information on registration, contact:

the Veterinary Council of New Zealand