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New Zealand Long Term Skill Shortage List

New Zealand welcomes Skilled Workers to meet the labour shortages in the country. New Zealand Long Term Skill Shortage List has those occupations listed which are currently and highly in demand in the country and the employers in New Zealand are unable to recruit their own citizens living in the country.

To apply for this visa, you need a specified work experience, qualification and occupational registration. Also, you must be having an offer to work. It can be a great opportunity through this process screening to gain Residency of the country like New Zealand.

The validity of this visa is 30 months, after which candidate can apply for New Zealand Residency. There are 3 skill shortage lists under the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand namely,

  • The Long Term Skill Shortage List
  • The Immediate Skill Shortage List
  • The Canterbury Skill Shortage List
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This is the revised Long Term Skill Shortage List, effective from 28 August 2017

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 Level7)
- 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 status 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 a 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 status 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 Long Term Skill Shortage List – August 2017 - 3 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 Level7)
- 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 a 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 Medicine 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)

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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.

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) (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 Partieor 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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