New-Zealand Long Term Skill Shortage List

New Zealand competes internationally for skilled workers. Where we require professional skills and qualification. Workers with skills on the lists will find it easier to apply for temporary work visas.If your occupation is defined as skilled worker, you may be eligible to apply for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category.

Occupational Group Occupation
Occupations are listed
by ANZSCO
(Australian and New
Zealand Standard
Classification of
Occupations) code.
Long Term Skill Shortage List Requirements
Qualifications must be comparable to the standard of the New Zealand qualification listed. Also see Note 1 at the end of this list.
Agriculture and Forestry Forest Scientist
(234113)
One of the following qualifications:
– Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Forest Engineering) (NZQF Level 8)
– 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 Forestry Science
Construction Construction Project
Manager (Roading
and Infrastructure)
(133111)
One of the following:
– Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Civil Engineering) (NZQF Level 8)
– Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering) (NZQF Level 7)
– Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Highways Engineering) (NZQF Level 7)
– 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 construction management or highway engineering
– 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 management, highway
engineering or construction project management
– A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, with the minimum
equivalent of 240 credits, which includes the knowledge requirements of
a New Zealand Diploma in the focus areas of civil engineering, highway
engineering or construction management
– A Washington Accord or Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate
(initial) engineering degree in Civil Engineering (listed – see Note 3)
– A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from IPENZ
certifying that the degree and any further learning meet the benchmark
requirements towards Chartered Professional Engineer professional Professional Engineers New Zealandstatus in New Zealand
– NZ registration in the field of civil engineering as a Chartered
Professional Engineer or an Engineering Technologist by the Institution of
Professional Engineers New Zealand AND construction management or buildinga minimum of five years’ relevant post-qualification work experience
Construction Project Builder
(including Building
Project Manager and
Site Foreman)
(133112)
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, with the minimum
equivalent of 240 credits, which includes the knowledge requirements of
a New Zealand Diploma (Level 6) in the focus areas of quantity surveying,
construction economics, construction management or building
AND
a minimum of three years’ relevant post-qualification work experience
Construction Quantity Surveyor
(233213)
One of the following:
– 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
– Student or Affiliate Membership, or MNZIQS, of the New Zealand
Institute of Quantity Surveyors (with an overseas degree approved by NZIQS) AND a minimum of three years’ relevant post-qualification work experience
Construction Surveyor (232212) One of the following:
– Bachelor of Surveying (NZQF Level 7)
– Bachelor of Surveying with Honours (NZQF Level 8)
– Registration as a Professional Surveyor with the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors
– Professional Associate Membership or an Overseas Member of the New
Zealand Institute of Surveyors (with an overseas degree approved by NZIS)
Engineering Chemical Engineer
(233111), Materials
Engineer (233112),
Civil Engineer
(233211),
Geotechnical
Engineer (233212),
Structural Engineer
(233214), Electrical
Engineer (233311),
Electronics Engineer
(233411), Industrial
Engineer (233511),
Mechanical Engineer
(233512),
Production or Plant
Engineer (233513),
Petroleum Engineer
(233612),
Environmental
Engineer (233915),
Engineering
Professionals nec
(233999)
One of the following:
– A Washington Accord accredited (initial) engineering degree (listed – see Note 3)
– A Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (NZQF Level 8)
– A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from IPENZ
certifying that the degree and any further learning meet the benchmark
requirements towards Chartered Professional Engineer professional requirements towards Chartered Professional Engineer status in Newstatus in New Zealand
– NZ registration as a Chartered Professional Engineer by the Institution of
Professional Engineers New Zealand.
Engineering Civil Engineering
Technician (312212)
One of the following:
– Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering) (NZQF Level 7)
– A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, with the minimum
equivalent of 240 credits, which includes the knowledge requirements of
the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (Level 6)
– A Washington Accord or Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate
(initial) engineering degree in Civil Engineering (listed – see Note 3)
– A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from IPENZ
certifying that the degree and any further learning meet the benchmark
requirements towards Chartered Professional Engineer status in New
Zealand
– NZ registration in the field of Civil Engineering as a Chartered
Professional Engineer or as an Engineering Technologist by the Institution
of Professional Engineers New Zealand AND a minimum of three years’ work experience including a minimum of 12
months’ relevant post-qualification work experience in the past 18
months
Engineering Electrical
Engineering
Technician (312312)
One of the following:
– Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with Honours (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (NZQF Level 8)
– Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical Engineering) (NZQF Level 7)
– Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (NZQF Level 7)
– A Washington Accord or Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate
(initial) engineering degree in Electrical Engineering (listed – see Note 3)
– A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from IPENZ
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 Electrical Engineering as a Chartered
Professional Engineer or as an Engineering Technologist by the Institution
of Professional Engineers New Zealand AND Honours (Electrical and Electronica minimum of three years’ relevant post-qualification work experience
Engineering Electronic
Engineering
Technician (312412)
One of the following:
– 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 electronics
– A diploma at NZQF Level 6, or a higher qualification, with the minimum
equivalent of 240 credits, which includes the credit and knowledge
requirements of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6)
Electronic or Electrical (Electronic)
– Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electronic Engineering) or
(Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (NZQF Level 7)
– Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Electronic Engineering, or
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (NZQF Level 8)
– A Washington Accord or a Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate
(initial) engineering degree in Electronic Engineering (listed – see Note 3)
– A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from IPENZ
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 Electronic Engineering or Electrical and
Electronic Engineering as a Chartered Professional Engineer or an
Engineering Technologist by the Institution of Professional Engineers New
Zealand AND a minimum of three years’ work experience AND a minimum of 12 months’ relevant post-qualification work experience in the last 18 months
Finance / Business Procurement
Manager (133612)
One of the following, awarded by the United Kingdom Chartered Institute
of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS):
– CIPS Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply (Professional Stage)
– CIPS Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Purchasing and Supply
– CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply AND a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience
Health and Social
Services
Anaesthetist
(253211)
NZ registration within a relevant provisional vocational or vocational
scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand (Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: Bachelor of Physiotherapy Board ofMedicine and Bachelor of Surgery (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
Health and Social Services Clinical Psychologist
(272311)
NZ registration with the New Zealand Psychologists Board
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: Post Graduate
Diploma, Master degree or Doctor of Clinical Psychology; Master of Psychology (NZQF Level 9); or Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (NZQF Level 8) – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Diagnostic and
Interventional
Radiologist (253917)
NZ registration within a relevant provisional vocational or vocational
scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
General Practitioner
(253111)
NZ registration within a relevant provisional general, general, provisional
vocational or vocational scope of practice with the Medical Council of
New Zealand
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Medical Radiation
Therapist (251212)
NZ registration in the scope of practice as a Radiation Therapist with the
Medical Radiation Technologists Board
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: a bachelor’s
degree at NZQF Level 7, or higher qualification, which includes the
requirements of a major in Medical Imaging or Radiation Therapy – see
Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Medical Laboratory
Scientist – including
Cytotechnologist
(Cytoscientist)
(234611)
NZ registration in the scope of practice as a Medical Laboratory Scientist
by the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand (A qualification in this area of absolute skill shortage is: Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Obstetrician and
Gynaecologist
(253913)
NZ registration within a relevant provisional general or general scope of
practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Pathologist (253915) NZ registration within a relevant provisional vocational or vocational
scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Physicist (Medical)
(234914)
One of the following:
– Certification by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and
Engineers (ACPSEM) in Medicine as a Medical Physicist
– Registration or eligibility for registration on the ACPSEM Register of
Qualified Medical Physics Specialists
– Registration as a Clinical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions
Council, United Kingdom and Membership of the Institute of Physics and
Engineering Medicine, United Kingdom
– Certification as a Medical Physicist by the American Board of Radiology
in Medical Physics
– Certification of Competence in Clinical Medical Physics as a Member of
the Canadian College of Physics in Medicine
Health and Social
Services
Physiotherapist
(252511)
NZ registration as a physiotherapist in the general scope of practice or
the specialist scope of practice with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand (Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: a bachelor’s degree at NZQF Level 7, or higher qualification, which includes the
requirements of a major in Physiotherapy – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Psychiatrist (253411) NZ registration within a relevant provisional vocational or vocational
scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Renal Medicine
Specialist (253322)
NZ registration within a relevant provisional vocational or vocational
scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Sonographer
(251214)
NZ registration in the scope of practice as a Sonographer with the
Medical Radiation Technologists Board
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: a bachelor’s
degree at NZQF Level 7, or higher qualification, which includes the
requirements of a major in Medical Imaging or Radiation Therapy – see
Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Specialist Physician
in Palliative
Medicine (253399)
NZ registration within a relevant provisional vocational or vocational
scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Surgeon (General)
(253511)
NZ registration within a relevant provisional vocational or vocational
scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
Health and Social
Services
Veterinarian
(234711)
NZ registration with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.
(A qualification in this area of absolute skill shortage is: Bachelor of
Veterinary Science (NZQF Level 7) – see Note 5)
ICT, Electronics and
Telecommunications
Multimedia
Specialist (Film
Animator) (261211)
A minimum of five years specialist work experience in film animation
using Maya and/or at least one of the following – Soft Image/ XSI, 3D
Studio Max, Photoshop, NUKE, MARI, Python, PyQT, or Unity; including at
least three years using Maya
ICT, Electronics and
Telecommunications
ICT Project Manager
(135112),
Organisation and
Methods Analyst
(224712), ICT
Business Analyst
(261111), Systems
Analyst (261112),
Multimedia
Specialist (261211),
Web Developer
(261212), Analyst
Programmer
(261311), Developer
Programmer
(261312), Software
Engineer (261313),
Software Tester
(261314), Software
and Applications
Programmers nec
(261399), Database
Administrator
(262111), ICT
Security Specialist
(262112), Systems
Administrator
(262113), Computer
Network and
Systems Engineer
(263111), Network
Administrator
(263112), ICT Quality
Assurance Engineer
(263211), ICT
Support Engineer
(263212), ICT
Systems Test
Engineer (263213),
ICT Support and Test
Engineers nec
(263299),
Telecommunications
Engineer (263311),
Telecommunications
Network Engineer
(263312), ICT
Customer Support
Officer (313112)
One of the following:
– Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Computer Engineering) or
(Computer and Electronic Engineering) or (Computer Systems
Engineering) or (Electronic Engineering) or (Electrical and Electronic
Engineering) or (Electronics and Communication Engineering) or
(Electronics and Computer Engineering) or (Electronic/s and Computer
Systems Engineering) or (Network Engineering) or (Software Engineering) A Seoul Accord accredited undergraduate (initial) degree (listed – se(NZQF Level 8)
– A bachelor’s degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with a
minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a
New Zealand major in one of the following focus areas: Business
Information Systems, Computational Intelligence, Computational
Modelling, Computer and Electronic Engineering, Computer and
Information Science, Computer and Mobile Systems Engineering,
Computer Engineering, Computer Networks, Computer Science,
Computer Systems, Database Architecture, Electrical and Electronic
Engineering, Electronics, Electronics and Communication Engineering,
Electronics and Computer Engineering, Electronics and Computer
Systems, Electronic Engineering, Information and Communications
Technology, Information Management, Information Science, Information
Security, Information Systems, Information Technology, Internet
Technology, IT Service Science, Multi-Media, Multi-Media and Web
Development, Networks, Network and Communication Engineering,
Networks and Security, Network Engineering, Programming, Software
and Information Technology, Software Development, Software
Engineering, Systems Design, Systems Development, or
Telecommunications
– A Seoul Accord accredited undergraduate (initial) degree (listed – see
Note 3)
– One of the following in a field relevant to the ICT, Electronics or
Telecommunications occupation:
— A Washington Accord or Sydney Accord accredited undergraduate
(initial) engineering degree (listed – see Note 3)
— A qualification at NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from IPENZ
certifying that the degree and any further learning meet the benchmark
requirements towards Chartered Professional Engineer professional status in New Zealand
— NZ registration as a Chartered Professional Engineer or as an
Engineering Technologist by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand AND a minimum of three years’ relevant post-qualification work experience.
Recreation,
Hospitality and
Tourism
Chef (Chef de Partie
or higher) (351311)
A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the
credit and knowledge requirements of a New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) AND
a minimum of five years’ combined experience in establishments offering
a la carte/ banqueting or commercial catering, with a minimum of two
years at Chef de Partie (Section Leader) level or higher
Science Other Spatial
Scientist (232214)
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 computer science or geography
AND
a minimum of two years’ relevant post-qualification work experience in
GIS applications (Key Application/ Systems include: ESRI – ARC/GIS;
ARC/INFO ARC/SDE; Intergraph GeoMedia; Pitney Bowes MapInfo; GE
Smallworld; Oracle Spatial; PostGIS/Postgres; MS SQL Server 2008;
Bentley Maps, Geographic; Erdas; Geoserver; Safe FME)
Science Environmental
Research Scientist
(234313)
One of the following qualifications:
– Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Environmental Engineering)
(NZQF Level 8)
– 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 environmental studies or
environmental management
AND
a minimum of one year’s relevant post-qualification work experience
Science Food Technologist
(234212)
One of the following qualifications:
– Bachelor of Food Technology with Honours (Food Product Technology)
or ( Food Process Engineering) (NZQF Level 8)
– 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 nutrition or food science
AND
a minimum of three years’ relevant post-qualification work experience in
the industry
Trades Automotive
Electrician (321111)
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 Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4)
Trades Diesel Motor
Mechanic (including
Heavy Vehicle
Inspector) (321212)
A certificate at NZQF Level 4, or a higher qualification, which includes the
credit and knowledge requirements of the New Zealand Certificate in
Heavy Automotive Engineering (Level 4)
AND
a minimum of three years’ relevant post-qualification work experience
Trades Electrician (General)
(341111)
NZ registration as an electrician or a limited certificate as an electrician
from the Electrical Workers Registration Board
Trades Electric Line
Mechanic (342211)
NZ registration as a line mechanic or a limited certificate as a line
mechanic from the Electrical Workers Registration Board
(Qualifications in this area of absolute skill shortage are: National
Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic Distribution) (NZQF Level
4) or National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Line Mechanic
Transmission) (NZQF Level 4) – see Note 5
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