Educational and Vocational Recognition of PADI and EFR courses in New Zealand

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has been established by the Ministry of Education to coordinate an accessible and flexible qualification system that meets New Zealand and internationally recognised standards. NZQA manages the accreditation and approval of nationally recognised courses – e.g. Career Oriented Scuba Instructor Diploma Course.

Private Training Establishment – This network of education service providers registered and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to deliver numerous diving units, from recreational to leadership, from the National Qualification’s Framework. Access for PADI divers to the qualifications framework is provided through the Private Training Establishment network.

Student divers enrolling with a Private Training Establishment are able to access government assistance through the New Zealand student loan scheme. Eligible students are therefore able to fund their PADI training with a student loan. For further information on available programs, eligibility of government assistance or Private Training Establishment network members visit NZQA web site:

PADI course Receives credit towards Training Provider Country/State Website
Open Water Diver, AOW Diver, Rescue Diver National Certificate in Diving: Foundation skills New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) New Zealand
Divemaster, Open Water Scuba Instructor National Certificate in Diving: Leadership New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) New Zealand
Specialty Instructor  National Certificate in Diving: Instruction New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) New Zealand

EFR program Endorsement received Organization or Governing Body Country/State Website
First Aid at Work (Asia Pacific version) Meets basic first aid requirements for several qualifications (6) Maritime New Zealand New Zealand
First Aid at Work (Asia Pacific version) When offered through a PTE (Private Training Establishment), meets Unit Standard 6400 of the OSH/NZQA requirements Occupational Safety & Health Service (OSH) of Department of Labour and New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) New Zealand


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