What is NCEA?
New Zealand's National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) are national qualifications for senior secondary school students. It enables students to gain credits from both traditional school curriculum areas and alternative programmes. NCEA and other national certificates are recognised by employers and used as the benchmark for selection by universities and polytechnics. NCEA is also readily accepted overseas, including by universities. When applying for employment, prospective employees can create a summary of their results from their Record of Achievement. Employers need to understand the secondary qualifications system in New Zealand, in order to understand the information that prospective employees present them with. For more information, see NCEA in business. Since its introduction in 2002, the NCEA qualification system has progressively been improved through a number of initiatives.