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A qualification is exempt from assessment and qualifies for the indicated points if:

  1. the qualification is listed in the Academic Qualifications Table; and
  2. the awarding institution is listed in the Awarding Institutions Table; and
  3. the qualification abbreviation is listed in the right-hand column in the Awarding Institutions Table; and
  4. the qualification was awarded from or within the year range listed in the right-hand column in the Awarding Institutions Table; and
  5. the qualification is not excluded by the notes listed under the Academic Qualifications Table.

Academic Qualifications Table

Qualification

Abbreviation*

Level in NZQF terms

Points under SMC

Baccalauréat en (speciality)***

Bachelier en (speciality)***

Bachelière en (speciality)***

BACH

7

50

Baccalauréat en droit***

Bdr

7

50

Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering speciality) (with or without honours) ***

BAS

7

50

Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Baccalauréat ès arts

Baccalaureate in Arts

Baccalaureum Artium

Bachelier ès arts

Bachelière ès arts

(Honours must be stated on the award certificate)**

BAH

7

50

Bachelor of Business Administration***

BBA

7

50

Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws***

BCL

7

50

Bachelor of Commerce***

BC

7

50

Bachelor of Engineering***

Bachelor of Engineering Science***

Bachelor of Science in Engineering***

Baccalauréat en Génie***

Baccalaureréate en Ingénierie***

Bachelier en Ingénierie***

Bachelière en Ingénierie***

BE

7

50

Bachelor of Fine Arts***

BFA

7

50

Bachelor of Laws***

LLB

7

50

Bachelor of Pharmacy / Baccalauréat en Pharmacie***

BP

7

50

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy / Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy)***

BSP

7

50

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Baccalaureate in Science

Baccalauréat ès sciences

Baccalaureus in Scientia

Bachelier ès sciences

Bachelière ès sciences

(Honours must be stated on the award certificate)**

BSH

7

50

Bachelor of Social Work ***

BSW

7

50

Doctor of Dental Medicine

DDM

7

50

Doctor of Dental Surgery

DDS

7

50

Doctorat en Médecine Dentaire

DMD

7

50

Doctor of Medicine / Doctorat en Médecine

MD

7

50

Doctorem Medicinae et Chirurgiae Magistrum

DMCM

7

50

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine / Doctorat en Médecine Vétérinaire

DVM

7

50

Maître en (Speciality)

Maîtresse en (Speciality)

Maîtrise en (Speciality)

Maîtrise en (Speciality) avec mémoire

Maîtrise ès Sciences

M

8

50

Maîtrise professionnelle en (Speciality)

Requires assessment by NZQA

Master of Arts

MA

8

50

Master of Education

MEd

8

50

Master of Science

MS

8

50

* Abbreviations used are for the purpose of this list only.

** Honours on the award certificate may be stated as ‘Honours’, ‘(Honours)’, ‘with Honours’ or ‘Honours Bachelor of’ and may be spelt as ‘honors’.

*** These degrees are acceptable when awarded with or without honours

If an applicant believes their qualification may be higher than the level stated they should apply to NZQA for an International Qualifications Assessment.

Note:
Award certificates must be provided in their original language. French language universities may award qualification certificates in French, while McGill University, the University of New Brunswick, and the University of Saskatchewan may award qualification certificates in Latin. In these instances translated copies from the University must also be presented.

The following must be referred to NZQA for an International Qualifications Assessment:
- All honorary degrees
- All listed qualifications where study was completed at any institution outside of the country, including any overseas campuses of any listed awarding institution
- All listed qualifications that contain cross-credited courses or papers
- All initial teacher training degrees
- All qualifications awarded after 2019

Awarding Institutions Table

Institution

Qualification awarded from or between dates

Brock University

BAH, BSH, MA and MS: 1984

BBA: 1994

Carleton University

BAH, BSH, MA and MS: 1984

BE: 1989

BSW: 1994

Concordia University / Université Concordia

BAH, BC, BSH, MA and MS: 1984

BE: 1989

Dalhousie University

BAH, BSH, BSP, DDS, MD, MA and MS: 1984

BC and BSW: 1994

BE: 1997

LLB: 1984–2010

Lakehead University

BAH, BSH, BSW, MA and MS: 1984

BC and BFA: 1994

BE: 1989

Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

BAH, BE, BSH and M: 2008

McGill University / Universitatis McGill

BAH, BCL, BSH, DMCM, MA and MS: 1984

BC: 1994

BE: 1989

DDM: 2000

DDS: 1984–2000

McMaster University

BAH, BSH, MD, MA and MS: 1984

BC: 1994

BE: 1989

Memorial University of Newfoundland

BAH, BSH, MD, MA and MS: 1984

BE: 1989

BFA: 1994

BSP: 1990

Nipissing University

BAH, BBA, BFA, BSH, BSW, MA and MS: 2016

Queen's University at Kingston

BAH, BSH, MD, MA and MS: 1984

BC: 1994

BE: 1989

LLB: 1984–2008

Royal Military College of Canada

BAH, BE, BSH, MA and MS: 2012

Ryerson University

BAH, BAS, BC, BFA, BSH, MA and MS: 2010

Saint Mary’s University (Novia Scotia)

BAH, BC, BSH, MA and MS: 2015

Simon Fraser University

BAS, BAH, BBA, BFA, BSH, MA and MS: 1995

Trent University

BAH, BBA, BSH, BSW, MA, and MS: 2010

Université de Moncton

Bdr, BAH, BE, BSH and M: 1994

Université de Montréal

BACH, Bdr, BE, DMD, MD, DVM and M: 1984

Université de Sherbrooke

BACH, MD and M: 1984

BE: 1989

Université Laval

Bdr, MD, DMD and M: 1984

BE: 1989

The University of Alberta

BAH, BSP, BSH, DDS, MD, MA and MS: 1984

BE: 1989

LLB: 1984–2011

The University of British Columbia

BAS: 1989

BAH, BSH, DDM, MD, MA and MS: 1984

BC: 1994

LLB: 1984–2010

BSP: 1984-2018

The University of Calgary

BAH, BSH, MD, MA and MS: 1984

BC and BSW: 1994

BE: 1989

LLB: 1984–2009

DVM: 2012

The University of Guelph

BAH, BSH, DVM, MA and MS: 1984

BC: 1994

BE: 1989

University of Lethbridge

BFA, MA and MS: 2010

The University of Manitoba

BSE: 1989

BAH, BE, BSH, BSP, DDM, MD, MA and MS: 1989

BC, BFA and BSW: 1994

LLB: 1989–2011

University of New Brunswick / Universitas Novi Brunsviri

BAH, BSH, MA, MEd and MS: 1984

BBA: 1994

BE: 1989

LLB: 1984–2014

University of Northern British Columbia

BAS: 2017

MA, MEd and MS: 2012

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

BAH, BC, BE, BSH, MA, MEd and MS: 2015

University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa

BAS: 1989

BAH, BSH, MD, MA and MS: 1984

LLB: 1984–2010

University of Prince Edward Island

BAH, BBA, BSH, DVM, MA, MEd and MS: 2015

University of Regina

BAS: 1989

BAH, BSH, MA, MEd and MS: 1984

BBA: 2008

University of Saskatchewan / Universitas Saskatchewanensis

BAH, BSH, DDM, MD, DVM, MA and MS: 1984

BC: 1994

BE: 1989

LLB: 1984–2010

BSP: 1991-2018

University of Toronto

BAS: 1989

BAH and BSH: 2006

BBA: 2002

BC: 1994

LLB: 1984–2001

BSP: 1984–2014

DDS, MD, MA and MS: 1984

University of Victoria

BAH, BSH, MA and MS: 1984

BC, BSW and MEd:1994

BE: 1989

LLB: 1984–2010

The University of Waterloo

BAS: 1989

BAH, BSH, MA and MS: 1984

The University of Western Ontario

BAH, BSH, DDS, MD, MA and MS: 1984

BE: 1989

LLB: 1984–2008

BSW: 1994

University of Windsor

BAS: 1989

BAH, BC, BSH, MA and MS: 1984

LLB: 1984–2009

BSW: 1994

Wilfrid Laurier University

BAH, BBA, BSH, MA and MS: 2005

York University / York Université

BAS: 2007–2014

BAH, BSH, MA and MS: 1984

BBA, BFA, BSW and MEd: 1994

BE: 2014

LLB: 1984–2009

Effective 13/05/2019

IN THIS SECTION

Washington Accord and Sydney Accord accredited degrees (engineering and engineering technology)

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Czech Republic

Denmark

France

Germany

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Malaysia

Netherlands

New Zealand

People’s Republic of China

Philippines

Poland

Russia (to 27/06/2016)

Romania

Singapore

South Africa

South Korea

South Pacific

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

United Kingdom

United States of America

Zimbabwe (to 27/06/2016)

Appendix 3 - List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (28/08/2017)

Appendix 3 - List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (30/03/2015)

Appendix 3 - List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (29/11/2010)

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