Qualifications Eligible for a Post Study Work Visa

This page has information about what qualifications are eligible for a Post Study Work Visa.

You are eligible for a Post Study Work Visa if:

  • you studied a degree level 7 or above qualification, or
  • you studied a non-degree level 7 or below qualification, and your qualification is on the Qualifications Eligible for a Post Study Work Visa list.

You must also take a job that is related to what you studied, if you studied a non-degree level 7 or below qualification.

If you applied for your Student Visa on or before 11 May 2022 you may be eligible for a Post Study Work Visa, even if your qualification is not on the Qualifications Eligible for a Post Study Work Visa list. However, you must have an acceptable qualification.

Acceptable qualifications for a Post Study Work Visa (pre 12 May 2022)

You can find more information about the New Zealand Qualifications Framework levels on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website.

New Zealand Qualifications Framework | NZQA website

Qualifications Eligible for a Post Study Work Visa list

Note

If you studied a non-degree level 7 or below qualification, and you applied for your Student Visa on or after 12 May 2022, this list applies to you.

Qualification Knowledge requirements (focus area) Related jobs
A Graduate Diploma at NZQF Level 7 or higher Highway engineering or civil engineering Construction Project Manager
A Graduate Diploma at NZQF Level 7 or higher Construction management or construction project management Construction Project Manager or Project Builder
A Graduate Diploma at NZQF Level 7 or higher Construction Project Builder

A Graduate Diploma acceptable to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration

and

The applicant meets all the Council’s other requirements for teacher registration and certification, and either:

Holds a specialty bachelor’s degree in one of the following subjects:
- Science (including chemistry, biology, physics, agricultural and horticultural science, and earth and space science)
- Mathematics (including statistics and calculus)
- Technology (including digital technologies, computer science, construction and mechanical technologies, materials technologies, and processing technologies)

or

For Pacific languages (including languages of Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands, Sāmoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Fiji, Rotuma, and Kiribati), has provided a letter of support from the provider attesting that the individual has the skills to teach in a Pacific language.
Note: This can be gained outside of New Zealand.

Getting Certificated|Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

N/A Secondary School Teacher

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) or comparable qualification that is acceptable to the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration.

and

The applicant meets all the Council’s other requirements for teacher registration and certification.

Getting Certificated|Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

N/A Early Childhood Teacher
A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from Engineering New Zealand certifying that the qualification and any further learning meet the benchmark requirements towards Chartered Professional Engineer professional status in New Zealand. N/A Engineer or Civil, Electrical, Electronic Engineering Technician
A Diploma at NZQF Level 6 with a minimum of 240 credits Highway engineering, construction or construction management Construction Project Manager
A Diploma at NZQF Level 6 with a minimum of 240 credits Civil engineering Construction Project Manager or Civil Engineering Technician
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) with a strand in Civil Engineering, 240 credits N/A Construction Project Manager or Civil Engineering Technician
New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) Level 6 N/A Quantity Surveyor or Project Builder
New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) with a strand in Quantity Surveying, 240 credits N/A Quantity Surveyor or Project Builder
New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) with a strand in Construction Economics, Construction Management or Building, 240 credits N/A Project Builder
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) with a strand in Electrical Engineering, 240 credits N/A Telecommunications, Telecommunications Network Engineer or Electrical Engineering Technician
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) with a strand in Electronics Engineering, 240 credits N/A Electronic Engineering Technician
A diploma at NZQF Level 5 or higher Farm management, agriculture or dairy technology Dairy Cattle Farmer
A certificate at NZQF Level 4 or higher New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (NZQF Level 4) Automotive Electrician
A certificate at NZQF Level 4 or higher New Zealand Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering (NZQF Level 4) Diesel Motor Mechanic
A certificate at NZQF Level 4 or higher Dairy Farming or Livestock Farming strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) Dairy Cattle Farmer
New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4) N/A Automotive Electrician
New Zealand Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering (NZQF Level 4) N/A Diesel Motor Mechanic
New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4) with a strand in Dairy Farming or Livestock Farming N/A Dairy Cattle Farmer