New Zealand Immigration Adviser Refresher Course

The aim of this course is to refresh graduates of the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice or previously licensed Immigration Advisers' knowledge of current immigration practices including immigration law and instructions.

This course will suit you if you want to apply or re-apply for an Immigration Adviser licence but it’s been more than 12 months since you’ve graduated or held your licence. 

If this applies to you, you must complete the New Zealand Immigration Adviser Refresher Course within 12 months of the licence application being lodged.

The refresher course covers specifically identified and Immigration Adviser Registrar approved content from within the Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice.

Once you have successfully completed the Refresher course you can apply for a licence to work as a licensed adviser – offering professional advice to overseas clients who want to move here; help with work permits for those pursuing new job opportunities in New Zealand; provide assistance with visa applications and general advice to help clients during the settling in process.

Content Details

The New Zealand Immigration Adviser Refresher Course involves approximately 100 learning hours and is delivered online over a maximum of 6 weeks. As you will be working at your own pace you may complete it in less time.

The course comprises the most up to date information on visa requirements and the requirements of the code of conduct.

All activities must be completed and two marked assessments must be passed.

Computer Requirements

  • Access to a computer and reliable high speed internet service
  • Up-to-date internet browsers; Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer (available free to download online)
  • Speakers (in-built computer speakers are fine)
  • Microsoft Word - minimum version 97-2003
  • Latest Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader (available free to download from Adobe online)


Planned intakes*: February, April, July, September
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Online
Duration: 6 weeks

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

2018 delivery intakes:

  • 26 February, 2018 – 6 April, 2018
  • 30 April, 2018 – 9 June, 2018
  • 16 July, 2018 - 24 August, 2018
  • 17 September, 2018 – 26 October, 2018

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 fees to be confirmed

Note this part-time programme is NOT eligible for the payment of student loans or allowances.

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive:

  • Confirmation of Completion

You will receive a Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Achievement Record when you have successfully completed the Refresher Course - no academic credit will be given.

To be eligible to receive the Achievement Record you will be required to participate in all coursework and successfully complete (pass) both course assessments. Course assessments may take the form of written assessments, online tests and quizzes, case studies and online discussion forums. You will not be required to sit any examinations.

Entry Criteria

The entry requirement for this course is the:

  • Completion of the GCNZIA, or
  • Previously held an Immigration Adviser’s licence or
  • Those directed by the IACDT

The IAA will inform applicants, of their requirement to complete the Refresher Course in order to obtain a licence. Applicant can find information regarding the Refresher Course on the IAA website or the WBoPP website.

Students must have access to a computer and the internet so they can participate in the online learning activities and assessments. Students demonstrate application of knowledge through completion of learning activities, formative and summative assessments. 

There is no RPL as this is a mandatory requirement to re-apply for a licence.