- Current students
- Under 25s
Certify a document
When applying to study at Unitec, and sometimes when you are a student, you will be asked to provide a certified copy of your documents.
What it means to certify a document
You need to take your original document, for example a birth certificate or academic transcript, to an authorised person to certify.
The authorised person makes a copy of your original document, and then signs the copy. By doing this, they are confirming that the copy is a true copy of your original.
The authorised person does not change the original.
When you are asked to provide a certified copy, you provide Unitec with the signed copy, and you keep the original.
Certify a document on campus
Our staff will copy, certify and scan a document for you.
You can bring your original document to Student Central on campus (Mt Albert or Waitākere).
Certify a document off campus
You can take your original document to an authorised person, and they will certify the document for you.
Authorised people who can certify your document:
- Justice of the Peace (JP) - Find a Justice of the Peace.
- Officer of the Court.
- Notary Public, for example a Member of Parliament - Find a Notary Public.
If you live in a remote community, you can ask:
- School Principal.
- Religious Minister.
- General Practitioner (Doctor).
COVID-19 restrictions and certifying your documents
In most circumstances, we will expect to be provided with a certified copy of your documents in person. However, if you are self-isolating due to COVID-19 we can provide an online service.
You can book an online Zoom appointment with one of our Student Central team, and during the meeting show them your documents.
Note: You may be asked to provide the original or a certified copy at a later date.