Level 6: Pay Equity Qualification Equivalencies

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For qualifications submitted for assessment prior to 31 December 2019, there were four possible outcomes:

  • It was determined as being equivalent (at Health & Wellbeing Level 2, 3 or 4)
  • It was determined as ‘Not Equivalent’
  • Unable to assess – not enough information was available in order to assess it. Qualifications that were unable to be assessed are ‘Not Equivalent’
  • Not accredited – qualification cannot be given equivalence as the awarding provider is not accredited by NZQA

The following assessed qualifications have been grouped according to the level of the qualification submitted for assessment. To see if a specific qualification has been assessed, look at the appropriate level document, and all qualifications are in alphabetical order.

No email confirmation will be supplied for any equivalency decision already published on this website.

When checking your qualification, please look for the exact title as it appears on your certificate.

If your National Certificate or National Diploma from a Polytechnic or other education provider has the same name as one on this list, it is the same qualification, and has the same equivalency.


LEVEL 6 - Qualifications Assessed as Equivalent for Pay Equity Purposes
Assessed Qualification NZQA Level Qualification programme provider  Qualification Equivalence Assessment Level
Certificate in Autism and Severe Communication Disorders 6 Christchurch College of Education New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support)  4
Certificate in New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf Studies  6 Auckland University of Technology (AUT)  New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support)  4
Certificate in Rehabilitation Studies 6 Massey University New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Alcohol and Drug Studies 6 Wellington Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Applied Counselling with Psychotherapeutic Studies 6 Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Applied Maori Health - Coexisting Disorders 6 Anamata Education and Training New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Applied Mental Health 6 Massey University New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4
Diploma in Applied Mental Health 6 Open Polytechnic New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Career Counselling 6 Central Institute of Technology (now Weltec) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Career Guidance 6 Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychology 6 Open Polytechnic New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Clinical Nutrition 6 Canterbury College of Natural Medicine New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Community and Social Work 6 Carrington Polytechnic New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Counselling 6 Bethlehem Tertiary Institute New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Counselling 6 Laidlaw College New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Counselling 6 Lifeway College New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Counselling 6 Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Counselling 6 Vision College Hamilton (previously Integrity College) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 3
Diploma in Counselling 6 Waikato Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Counselling 6 Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (Now Ara) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Counselling (Applied) 6 Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy 6 National Institute of Education New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Hauora (Māori Health) 6 Tipu Ora New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Hauora Maori 6 NZQA Māori Qualifications Services New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4
Diploma in Health Science 6 Massey University New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Health Science 6 Open Polytechnic New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4
Diploma in Health Science (Massage and Sports Therapy) 6 New Zealand College of Massage New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Health Sciences (Therapeutic Massage) 6 NZ College of Massage New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4
Diploma in Health Studies 6 Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Healthcare Management 6 AGI Education Ltd New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4
Diploma in Human Development 6 Massey University New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Massage Therapy 6 Canterbury College of Natural Medicine New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 2
Diploma in Mental Health 6 Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4
Diploma in Mental Health and Addiction (Applied Practice) 6 AGI Education Ltd New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Mental Health Support Work 6 Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Mental Health Support Work 6 Auckland University of Technology (AUT) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4
Diploma in Mental Health Support Work 6 Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4
Diploma in Natural and Complementary Medicines 6 Waikato Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Naturopathy 6 Naturopathic College of New Zealand New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Paramedic Science 6 Auckland University of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 3
Diploma in Professional Counselling 6 Quantum Education Group New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social and Community Work 6 Wanganui Polytechnic New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Practice (Counselling) 6 Bay of Plenty Polytechnic New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Science 6 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Services  6 Otago Polytechnic New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Social Services (Disability Support) 6 Otago Polytechnic New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Social Work 6 Auckland College of education New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Work 6 Auckland Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Work 6 Eastern Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Work 6 Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4
Diploma in Social Work 6 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Sport (Advanced Exercise Prescription) 6 New Zealand Institute of Sport New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Sport and Recreation 6 Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 2
Diploma in Sports and Therapeutic Massage 6 Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4*
Diploma in Supported Employment 6 Universal College of Learning New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Diploma in Therapeutic Massage 6 Lotus Centre Hawkes Bay New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 3
Diploma in Violence and Trauma Studies 6 Auckland University of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 3
National Certificate in Social Service Work in Suicide Intervention 6 Various accredited providers New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
National Diploma in Ambulance (Paramedic) [Ref: 0207] 6 Auckland University of Technology (AUT) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 3
National Diploma in Counselling 6 Careerforce New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 4
National Diploma in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) 6 Careerforce New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
National Diploma in Social Services 6 Careerforce New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
National Diploma in Social Services (Social Work) 6 Careerforce New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
National Diploma in Youth Work 6 Careerforce New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
New Zealand Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied) 6 Careerforce New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
Te Pokairua Whanaungatanga Whakaturuma (Diploma in Social and Community Work) 6 Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4

LEVEL 6 - Qualifications Assessed as Equivalent for Pay Equity Purposes commenced prior to 31.12.2005 and completed by 31.12.2009
Assessed Qualification NZQA Level Qualification programme provider  Qualification Equivalence Assessment Level
Bicultural Diploma Applied Social Services 6 Manukau Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Community and Social Work 6 Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Community and Social Work 6 Unitec Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social and Community Work 6 Manukau Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social and Community Work 6 University of Otago New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Practice (Community and Social Work and Counselling) 6 Bay of Plenty Polytechnic New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Services 6 Christchurch Polytechnic Institute  New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Work 6 Christchurch Polytechnic Institute  New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Work 6 Manukau Institute of Technology New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
Diploma in Social Work 6 Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
National Diploma in Career Practice 6 The Skills Organisation New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) 4
National Diploma in Social Work 6 Careerforce New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) 4
LEVEL 6 - Qualifications Assessed as NOT Equivalent for Pay Equity Purposes
Assessed Qualification NZQA Level Qualification programme provider  Qualification Equivalence Assessment
Certificate in Anthroposophical Health Studies (Advanced) 6 Taruna College Trust Not Equivalent*
Diploma in Health Promotion 6 Manukau Institute of Technology Unable to Assess**
Diploma in Human Services 6 University of Auckland Unable to Assess**
Diploma in Mental Health Support Work 6 Christchurch Polytechnic (now Ara) Unable to Assess**
Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety 6 Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Not Equivalent*
Diploma in Professional Coaching 6 Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Not Equivalent*
Diploma in Psychology and Counselling 6 The Career Academy Not Accredited
Diploma in Social Services 6 Te Whare Wananga o te Rau Kahikatea Unable to Assess**
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing 6 Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Not Equivalent*
Diploma in Youth Development 6 Auckland Institute of Technology Unable to Assess**
Graduate Diploma in Human Services 6 Auckland University Unable to Assess**
Maori Performing Arts (Tutoring) 6 Western Institute of Technology Not Equivalent*
New Zealand Certificate in Assessment (Advanced Practitioner) 6 AKO Aotearoa Not Equivalent*

4*  The qualification is equivalent to Level 4 with proof of cultural competency.
Not Accredited – The awarding provider OR the qualification is not accredited by NZQA.
*Not Equivalent – The qualification does not sufficiently align with the graduate profile outcomes of any specified New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing.
**Unable to Assess - This means there was insufficient information about this qualification in order to assess it.  This is normally due to the age of the qualification, or the education provider no longer exists.

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