Non-binding assessment of an Overseas qualification

Overseas Qualified Applicants

If you were educated overseas, are seeking registration as a social worker in New Zealand and your qualification is not recognised under the mutual agreement with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), a non-binding assessment of your overseas qualifications is required before you apply for registration.

The non-binding assessment will inform you whether your qualification is equivalent to the minimum standard of qualifications required for registration in New Zealand.

The results of a non-binding assessment do not guarantee full registration. If your non-binding assessment deems your qualification as equivalent to that of a NZ recognised social work qualification, an online application for registration is available and will need to be completed for those seeking registration.

Download the form:

Non Binding Application Form 2018

Non Binding Application Guide Notes

The fee for the non-binding Assessment is NZ $300.00 inc GST. This is a non refundable fee.

Your non-binding assessment can be emailed to our office at

Please note that we do not accept New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZAQ) assessments of overseas qualifications.