New Zealand Immediate Skill Shortage List

This is the revised Immediate Skill Shortage List, effective from 19 February 2018.

 

Occupational Group Occupation and ANZSCO number Required standard for work visa applicants with an offer of employment

Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed.

Also see Note 1 at the end of this list.

Regions
Agriculture and Forestry Apiarist (121311) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant post- qualification work experience in a commercial environment

 

OR

a minimum of five years’ work experience as an apiarist in a commercial environment

All regions
Agriculture and Forestry Arborist (362212) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Arboriculture strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

All regions
Agriculture and Forestry Beef Cattle Farmer (Farm Manager) (121312), Dairy Cattle Farmer (Farm Manager) (121313) One of the following qualifications:

–  A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Dairy Farming or Livestock Farming strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4)

–  A diploma at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, in the focus areas of Farm Management, Agriculture or Dairy Technology AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant work

experience

All regions

 

Agriculture and Forestry Dairy Cattle Farmer (Assistant Farm Manager) (121313) One of the following qualifications:

–  A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Dairy Farming or Livestock Farming strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4)

–  A diploma at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, in the focus areas of Farm Management, Agriculture or Dairy Technology AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant work

experience

All regions
Agriculture and Forestry Market Gardener (Crop Production/ Agronomist Manager) (121221) One of the following qualifications:

–  A bachelor’s degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification, with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in the focus areas of Agriculture or Horticulture

–  A certificate or diploma at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, in the focus areas of Crop Production or Horticulture

–  A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

All regions
Agriculture and Forestry Pig Farmer (Farm Manager or Assistant Farm Manager) (121318) One of the following qualifications:

–  A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Pork Production (Advanced Husbandry) (NZQF Level 4), or the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Pork Production (Section Management) (NZQF Level 4)

–  A diploma at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, in the focus area of Farm Management

AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant on-farm work experience

All regions

 

Agriculture and Forestry Winemaker (Viticulturist/Specialist positions – not pickers) (234213) One of the following qualifications:

–  A bachelor’s degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in the focus areas of Viticulture, Oenology, Wine Science or wine making

–  A Graduate Diploma at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification which includes the knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Graduate Diploma in the focus areas of Viticulture, Oenology, Wine Science or wine making

OR

a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience

Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/ Southland
Construction Building Inspector/Building Surveyor (312113) One of the following qualifications:

–  A bachelor’s degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in quantity surveying or construction economics

–  A Graduate Diploma at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification, which includes the knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Graduate Diploma in the focus areas of construction, construction management, or construction project management

–  A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Diploma (Level 6) in the focus areas of building surveying, architectural technology, construction management, or quantity surveying

AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

All regions
Construction Construction Project Manager (Foreman) (Roading and Infrastructure) (133111) A minimum of five years’ experience in building or maintaining roads

AND

staff management experience AND

appropriate driver licence

All regions
Construction Surveying or Spatial Science Technician (Building Information Modelling Professional) (312116) A bachelor’s degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in the focus areas of architecture, construction management or engineering

AND

a minimum of five years’ work experience in the construction industry including at least two years in Building Information Modelling related positions

All regions

 

Construction Surveying Technician (Spatial Science Technician/ Hydrographic Technician) (312116) One of the following:

–  A New Zealand Bachelor of Surveying (NZQF Level 7)

–  A New Zealand Bachelor of Surveying with Honours (NZQF Level 8)

–  A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Surveying (Level 6)

–  Professional Associate Membership of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors

Auckland/ Upper North Island
Construction Surveying Technician (Spatial Science Technician/ Land Surveyor’s Technician) (312116) One of the following:

–  A New Zealand Bachelor of Surveying (NZQF Level 7)

–  A New Zealand Bachelor of Surveying with Honours (NZQF Level 8)

–  A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Surveying (Level 6)

–  Professional Associate Membership of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors

AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant post– qualification work experience

All regions
Education Post-Doctoral Fellow (classified under 242111 University Lecturer) Doctor of Philosophy or a Doctoral degree at NZQF Level 10 with evidence of a thesis All regions
Education University Lecturer (242111) A master degree at NZQF Level 9, or a higher qualification, with a minimum equivalent of 240 credits, which includes substantive research, dissertation or a thesis All regions
Engineering Civil Engineering Draughtsperson (312211) A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (Level 6) All regions
Engineering Electrical Engineering Draughtsperson (312311) A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) (Level 6) All regions
Engineering Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson (312511) A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Mechanical) (Level 6) All regions

 

Engineering Mechanical Engineering Technician (312512) One of the following:

–  Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Mechanical Engineering) (NZQF Level 8)

–  Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical Engineering) (NZQF Level 7)

–  A Washington Accord or Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate (initial) engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering (listed – see Note 3)

–  A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from Engineering New Zealand certifying that the degree and any further learning meet the benchmark requirements towards Chartered Professional Engineer professional status in New Zealand

–  NZ registration in the field of Mechanical Engineering as a Chartered Professional Engineer or as an Engineering Technologist by Engineering New Zealand

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post– qualification work experience

Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/ Southland
Finance/ Business Accountant (221111) A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand or CPA Australia certifying that the degree and any further learning meet the benchmark requirements towards CAANZ professional status in New Zealand or CPA Australia membership

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

Auckland/ Upper North Island, Wellington, Canterbury/ Upper South Island
Health and Social Services Anaesthetic Technician (311211) NZ registration in the Anaesthetic Technician scope of practice with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand

AND

a minimum of two years’ post-qualification work experience in anaesthesia

All regions
Health and Social Services Medical Technicians nec (Dialysis Technician) (311299) NZ registration as a Clinical Physiologist (Dialysis) with the Clinical Physiologist Registration Board

AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant post– qualification work experience

All regions
Health and Social Services Midwife (254111) NZ registration in the midwifery scope of practice with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

All regions
Health and Social Services Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412) NZ registration in the scope of practice as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand

AND

a minimum of three years’ work experience in adult hospital care

All regions

 

Health and Social Services Resident Medical Officer (excluding First and Second Year Resident Medical Officers) (253112), Specialist Physician (General Medicine) (253311), Cardiologist

(253312),

Paediatrician (253321), Specialist Physicians nec (253399), Emergency Medicine Specialist (253912),

Ophthalmologist (253914), Medical Practitioners nec

(253999)

NZ registration within a relevant provisional vocational or vocational scope of specialist practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand All regions
ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications Cabler (Data and Telecommunications) (342411),

Telecommunications Cable Jointer (342412),

Telecommunications Technician (342414)

A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Telecommunications (Level 4) All regions
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Horse Trainer (Stallion Master) (361112) A minimum of four years’ relevant work experience Waikato/ Bay of Plenty
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Horse Trainer (Stud Groom) (361112) A minimum of three years’ relevant work experience, including at least one year’s experience as a stud groom and one year’s yearling preparation experience Waikato/ Bay of Plenty
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Jockey (452413) Completed an Apprenticeship under the Rules of Racing in their country of origin

AND

clearance from that authority

Waikato/ Bay of Plenty, Central North Island, Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/

Southland

Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Jockey (Trackwork Rider) (452413) Completed an Apprenticeship under the Rules of Racing in their country of origin

OR

a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience

All regions
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Outdoor Adventure Guide (Skydive Tandem Master) (452299) Tandem Master Rating AND

a minimum of 1000 jumps

Auckland/ Upper North Island, Central North Island, Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/ Southland

 

Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Snowsport Instructor (452314) One of the following qualifications:

–  A certificate at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Advanced Snowschool Instruction (Applied) (Level 5)

–  PSIA (USA)

–  CSIA (Canada) Level 1

–  NZSIA (Stage I)

–  equivalent internationally recognised qualification

AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

Central North Island, Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/ Southland
Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism Snowsport Instructor (including Technicians) (452314) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Snowsport Equipment (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant post- qualification work experience in a ski/snowboard repair workshop

All regions
Trades Baker (351111) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) or the New Zealand Certificate in Trade Baking (Plant or Craft) (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant post– qualification work experience

All regions
Trades Bricklayer (331111) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Brick and Block Laying strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Trowel Trades (Level 4)

AND

Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licence to do Restricted Building Work (RBW) within the scope of the Bricklaying and Blocklaying Licence Class, EXCEPT IF the work will be done under the supervision of an appropriately LBP who is licensed to supervise RBW done within the scope of a Bricklaying and Blocklaying Licence Class OR the duties of the Bricklayer

will not include RBW

Auckland/ Upper North Island

 

Trades Carpenter (331212) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)

AND

Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licence to do Restricted Building Work (RBW) within the scope of the Carpentry Licence Class, EXCEPT IF the work will be done under the supervision of an appropriately LBP who is licensed to supervise RBW work done within the scope of the Carpentry Licence Class OR the duties of

the Carpenter will not include RBW

All regions
Trades Carpenter and Joiner (331211) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (NZQF Level 4)

AND

A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Joinery (Level 4) AND

Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licence to do Restricted Building Work (RBW) within the scope of the Carpentry Licence Class, EXCEPT IF the work will be done under the supervision of an appropriately LBP who is licensed to supervise RBW work done within the scope of the Carpentry Licence Class OR the duties of

the Carpenter will not include RBW

All regions
Trades Composite Technician (399999) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Composites (Level 4) All regions
Trades Electronic Equipment Trades Worker (342313) NZ registration as an Electrical Service Technician or Electrical Appliance Serviceperson with the Electrical Workers Registration Board All regions
Trades Fibrous Plasterer (333211) A minimum of three years’ relevant work experience

AND

Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licence to do Restricted Building Work (RBW) within the scope of the External Plastering Licence Class, EXCEPT IF the work will be done under the supervision of an appropriately LBP who is licensed to supervise RBW work done within the scope of the External Plastering Licence Class OR the duties of the Fibrous Plasterer

will not include RBW

All regions
Trades Floor Finisher (332111) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand in the National Certificate in Flooring (Level 4) Auckland/ Upper North Island, Waikato/ Bay of Plenty

 

Trades Glazier (333111) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand in the New Zealand Certificate in Glazing (Level 4) AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

AND

Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licence to do relevant Restricted Building Work (RBW), EXCEPT IF the work will be done under the supervision of an appropriately LBP who is licensed to supervise relevant RBW, OR the duties of the Glazier will not include RBW

Auckland/ Upper North Island, Canterbury/ Upper South Island
Trades Joiner (331213) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Joinery (Level 4) All regions
Trades Metal Casting Trades Worker (Foundry Moulder) (322114) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the metal forming strand in the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post– qualification work experience

All regions
Trades Metal Fabricator (322311) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand in the New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

All regions
Trades Metal Machinist (First Class) (CNC Machinist) (323214) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Fitting and Machining or the Machining strands in the New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post– qualification work experience

All regions
Trades Motor Mechanic (General) (321211) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

All regions

 

Trades Motor Mechanic (General) (Automotive Air Conditioning Technician) (321211) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the Automotive Heating, Ventilation or Air Conditioning strands in the National Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive Specialist Engineering) (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post– qualification work experience

All regions
Trades Panelbeater (324111) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Certificate in Collision Repair (Non-structural Repair) (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

All regions
Trades Plastics Technician (399916) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Plastics Engineering (Level 4) AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post– qualification work experience

All regions
Trades Plastics Technician (Plastics Engineer) (399916) A certificate at NZQF Level 5, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Plastics Engineering Technology (Level 5)

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post– qualification work experience

All regions
Trades Roof Tiler (333311), Roof Plumber (334115) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Roofing (Installation) (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience

AND

Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licence to do Restricted Building Work (RBW) within the scope of the Roofing Licence Class, EXCEPT IF the work will be done under the supervision of an appropriately LBP who is licensed to supervise RBW work done within the scope of the Roofing Licence Class OR the duties of the Roof Tiler will not include RBW

Auckland/ Upper North Island, Waikato/ Bay of Plenty, Canterbury/ Upper South Island, Otago/ Southland

 

Trades Scaffolder (821712) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in Scaffolding (Trade) (Level 4) AND

a minimum of two years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

All regions
Trades Sheetmetal Trades Worker (322211) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) (Level 4)

AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post- qualification work experience

All regions
Trades Solid Plasterer (333212) A minimum of three years’ relevant work experience

AND

Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licence to do Restricted Building Work (RBW) within the scope of the External Plastering Licence Class, EXCEPT IF the work will be done under the supervision of an appropriately LBP who is licensed to supervise RBW work done within the scope of the External Plastering Licence Class OR the duties of the Solid Plasterer will

not include RBW

All regions
Trades Stonemason (331112) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of one of the strands of the New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4) Auckland/ Upper North Island
Trades Vehicle Painter (324311) A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the credit and knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Refinishing (Level 4) AND

a minimum of three years’ relevant post-

qualification work experience

All regions

 

Note 1: Qualifications listed (unless an exception is stated) are New Zealand awarded qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). Overseas qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed. Overseas qualifications therefore require an International Qualification Assessment (IQA) from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority stating the comparable NZQF qualification.

 

Note 2: Where post-qualification work experience is included as a requirement it applies to all qualifications listed for the occupation (unless otherwise indicated).

 

Note 3: Where a Washington Accord accredited undergraduate engineering degree is a requirement, the engineering degree has to be awarded from or after the date the country became a signatory, and must be on the list of accredited programmes of the signatory country. To determine if an engineering degree awarded is Washington Accord accredited, please refer to the links from the International Engineering Alliance

Where a Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate engineering degree is a requirement, the engineering technology degree has to be awarded from or after the date the country became a signatory, and must be on the list of accredited programmes of the signatory country. To determine if an engineering technology degree awarded is Sydney Accord accredited, please refer to the links from the International Engineering Alliance.

 

Note 4: A letter, certificate or registration from the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand Incorporated (IPENZ), as Engineering New Zealand was formerly known, may be used to meet the requirement for a letter, certificate or registration from Engineering New Zealand. A letter from IPENZ may also be used to meet an applicable requirement instead of a letter from IT Professionals New Zealand. IPENZ’s name changed to Engineering New Zealand in October 2017.

 

 

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