Supporting documents

When you apply to Unitec you need to supply certain documents depending on the programme or course you’re applying for (and whether you’re a domestic or an international student).

In some cases, we need to see originals of these documents (or certified copies of them) before we can enrol you in courses. These are:

  • identity and residency documents, and
  • academic documents.

International students, please make yourself familiar with the supporting documents you will need to supply.

Certified copies

You can bring originals of these documents into Student Central for us to sight, copy, stamp, scan and upload on your behalf. If you prefer to upload them to your enrolment portal yourself, these will need to be certified as true copies by one of the following people:

  • A JP (Justice of the Peace) – you can search for your local JP here
  • An officer of the court or lawyer or Notary Public 
  • If you live in a remote community, you can ask a school principal, a kaumātua, a religious minister, or a general practitioner (doctor) to certify copies of your documents

Identification and residency documents

New Zealand citizens and permanent residents:

You will need to provide evidence of your:

  • Legal name,
  • Date of birth, and
  • Residency status in New Zealand

Usually applicants provide an original or certified copy of their birth certificate or the photo page of their passport, or a New Zealand certificate of citizenship.

If you don’t have these documents, there are other options:

  • You can provide a whakapapa statement signed by a kaumātua and yourself
  • If you’re a refugee, you can provide a certificate of identity from Immigration New Zealand
  • You can provide a passport with a current New Zealand returning residency class visa (or a passport, and a letter or email confirming the same, followed by confirmation with Immigration New Zealand, where appropriate)

Australian citizens and permanent residents

Applicants seeking admission as Australian citizens or permanent residents can provide one of the following:

  • an Australian birth certificate issued before 20 August 1986, or
  • an Australian passport, or
  • a passport from another country with a current Australian resident return visa.

Remember that the name you provide when you apply to Unitec needs to exactly match the legal name in the documents you provide to support your application.

If you change your name after you submit your application (or in fact at any time before you graduate from Unitec) please advise your enrolment manager or staff at Student Central. You’ll also need to supply certified copies of documents which confirm your name change (or bring them into Unitec for us to sight). If you don’t advise us of your name change, this can prevent us from processing your application or conferring your qualification down the track.

Academic documents

If you're an applicant who has previously studied at another tertiary institution, you may also be asked to provide:

  • Official academic transcripts (or certified copies of these) from the institution at which you studied
  • If you are applying for credit recognition/cross credits, then you’ll need to provide the necessary details regarding the programme/course you completed at another tertiary institution. Download Cross Credit Application Form [PDF]

Additional requirements

Some programmes require additional information such as supplementary forms, a portfolio, interview, or audition. Supplementary forms do not need to be certified. We'll advise you of any additional requirements when you apply.

Some programmes will also require consenting to a Safety Check which includes a New Zealand Police vet check. This Safety Check also includes providing two forms of ID and evidence of any name changes. One form of ID can be the certified evidence you have used to prove your identification and residency, the other can be any one of the below photo identifications:

  • Driver's license
  • 18+ card
  • Fire arms license
  • Photo Student ID
  • Photo Employment ID
  • NZ birth certificate or passport if not submitted previously