Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Below are some of the most common questions asked by our international students. If you can’t find your question in the list below, please contact our International Team.

A: We welcome students from all backgrounds and cultures, hailing from within New Zealand and abroad. Some of our students begin studying with us straight out of high school, while others have worked in the early childhood sector, or a completely different industry. Whatever their background, our students are passionate about early childhood education and making a difference in the lives of families and young children.

A: You should expect to be engaged with course content for at least 30 hours per week if you are a full-time student. This may encompass readings, research, assessment writing, field experience and field practice.

A:  New Zealand Tertiary College qualifications are listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, the definitive source for accurate and current information on quality assured qualifications in New Zealand.

All NZTC qualifications are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), the New Zealand government body that oversees quality assurance for New Zealand qualifications. NZQA has put in place systems to ensure consistency of training and assessment, ensuring New Zealand qualifications are valued as credible and robust nationally and internationally.

The Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) qualifications are approved by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Education Council)​ - the teacher licensing authority in New Zealand. Graduates are able to apply for provisional teacher registration, which improves their job prospects and the ability for international students to apply for residency.

A: The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQA) is accepted internationally and graduates holding approved qualifications are highly mobile, with their qualifications being generally recognised in most countries.

NZTC’s Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) qualifications are approved by ACECQA, meaning graduates are not required to apply for an assessment of their qualification. Graduates wishing to apply for early childhood teacher status in Australia can do so via the ACECQA website www.acecqa.gov.au

NZTC graduates who attain New Zealand teacher registration may transfer that registration to a number of Australian states and territories through the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement. Australian teacher registration allows holders to work in the public sector in those states and territories.

NZTC is also recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education as a trusted education provider and is listed on the Jiaoyu Shewai Jianguan Xinxiwang website for high quality education institutions outside China. NZTC qualifications are approved for Chinese students to attain public and private work in China by the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange.

A: Yes. Credit Recognition and Transfer (CRT) is the process of awarding credit towards your chosen program at New Zealand Tertiary College for courses which you have already studied at other tertiary providers.

CRT is assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to apply for credit you will be required to pay a $95.00 application fee. This fee covers the cost involved in the assessment process of CRT. Students are required to pay the fee prior to their CRT assessment and interview with New Zealand Tertiary College.

For New Zealand qualifications:
If you have a completed (or partially completed) qualification in early childhood education from a New Zealand education provider, you may be eligible to receive credit. CRT is assessed by our Registry Team. Whether you receive credit for your previously completed qualification depends on whether the learning outcomes of each course correspond with the learning outcomes in New Zealand Tertiary College courses, and whether the level of your previous study equates to your intended New Zealand Tertiary College program. To be assessed for credit, you must supply a verified copy of your transcripts and learning outcomes of each course or qualification (the education provider will be able to give these to you) you have completed.

For overseas qualifications:
You may be eligible for credit if you have completed an early childhood qualification at an overseas tertiary institution. Before New Zealand Tertiary College begins the CRT process, you need to get your qualification assessed by the NZQA. Please contact the NZQA for more information on this process www.nzqa.govt.nz

A.  NZTC does not charge an application fee for any of our programs.

A:   In the unlikely event that New Zealand Tertiary College is unable to deliver the program you have enrolled in, New Zealand Tertiary College has protected your fees with Public Trust. Fees deposited and protected by the Public Trust are held in the Common fund which has an unsecured guarantee from the New Zealand Government. The student fee protection for New Zealand Tertiary College is fully compliant with NZQA rules. Should access to your fees be necessary, you may contact Public Trust on 0800 494 733 or eMail feeprotect@publictrust.co.nz

This arrangement has been accepted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as meeting the requirements of the Education Act 1989 and the Student Fee Protection Rules 2013.

A: New Zealand Tertiary College's refund policy complies with the Education Act (1989). 
See our Student Withdrawal and Refund Policy (PDF 474KB).

A:  All courses are internally assessed and include theory based assessments and practical components. 
There are no exams.

A:  NZTC textbooks can be purchased from the college’s bookshop - NZTC Books. A range of resources and books are available to complement your studies and research. NZTC Books is located at our Auckland Campus and is also available online.

A:  Yes, you will be able to transfer between these two campuses as long as you can find a local childcare centre for doing field practice.

A: NZTC has a relationship with an excellent homestay placement company that can find homestay accommodation for you in Christchurch.

NZTC can also provide homestay options in Auckland.

A:  Yes, this is a service NZTC provides to all students arriving in both Auckland and Christchurch.