Skilled work experience

Work experience that is recognised in one of two ways:

1. It was in an ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 or 3 occupation

This can be the same occupation for which you’ve claimed points for skilled employment, or a different occupation at skill level 1, 2 or 3. The work undertaken must substantially match the ANZSCO description of that occupation, and you must have completed the qualification specified by the ANZSCO for that occupation before the period for which you are claiming work experience points

If you don’t have a relevant recognised qualification, you must have completed relevant work experience specified by the ANZSCO for that occupation before the period for which you are claiming work experience points. For any skill level 1 occupation you can substitute the qualification specified by the ANZSCO with 5 years of work experience (even if the ANZSCO does not state this).

2. It was NOT in an ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 or 3 occupation

It must have been in the same occupation that you are claiming skilled employment points for, on the basis of remuneration at or above $36.44 per hour. You will not need to show that you were paid at this level during your work experience.

You must have completed one of the following before the period for which you are claiming work experience points:

  • a relevant recognised qualification at or above an NZQF level 4 Certificate, or
  • a relevant recognised NZQF level 3 qualification on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment, or
  • 3 years of relevant work experience, or
  • the occupation is on the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and you met the LTSSL requirements for that occupation, or
  • the occupation requires occupational registration in New Zealand and you held that registration.

List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment

Long Term Skill Shortage List

Comparable labour market requirement

If you do not qualify for points for skilled employment, or for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage, your work experience must have been gained in a comparable labour market. While undertaking this work experience you must have been a citizen or permanent resident of that country, or had the lawful authority to work in that country.