ISEA welcomes Central Economic Development Agency as our preferred partner

ISEA is pleased to announce Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) as our preferred partner.


CEDA is the economic development agency, and regional tourism organisation, for Palmerston North city and Manawatū. As a vibrant hub located in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand, this region welcomes around 3,000 international students across the world every year to attend from primary school through to postgraduate programmes at a variety of world-class education providers. Palmerston North city has been accredited as a Safe City by the International Safe Community Foundation and the region is often ranked as of the most affordable areas to live in New Zealand.


ISEA will work closely with CEDA to develop business opportunities and bring more international students to study at its connected education providers.

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ISEA welcomes Pearson PTE Academic as a Preferred Partner

ISEA is pleased to welcome our preferred partner, Pearson PTE Academic.

Pearson PTE Academic is a leading English language test provider widely accepted by educational institutions and government agencies across the world.

As a preferred partner, ISEA will work with Pearson PTE Academic to develop business opportunities with industry stakeholders including education providers, education agents, international students and government agencies.  

ISEA offers Free Education Agency Membership

International Standards Education Agents (ISEA) are pleased to advise that we have decided to offer a Free Education Agency Membership to education agents who promote New Zealand as a study destination.

The free ISEA Agency Membership opportunity is valid for the period 1st June 2020 to 30th September 2020.

Benefits of becoming an ISEA Education Agency Member

  • Access to industry updates via ISEA Agent Newsletters and announcements
  • Education Agencies will have access to contact ISEA with any industry related questions. This excludes any questions for individual course enrolment and student visa application processes and documentation checking.
  • Have a voice – access to participate in initiatives for the sector
  • Discount for joining the ISEA Training and Accreditation programme
  • Discounts for participating in industry events and workshops

If you would like to become an ISEA agent member, sign up for the ISEA Education Agent Membership now.

ISEA June 2020 Online Agent Training is open for registration

ISEA are pleased to advise that we will offer a second round of Online Agent Training in June.

The next sessions for online training have been set as follows:

Monday 8 JuneNew Zealand Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm1.1 The New Zealand International Education Industry

1.2 Promoting New Zealand as a Study Destination

Wednesday 10 JuneNew Zealand Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm1.3 The New Zealand Education System

1.4 Enrolments and Procedures

1.5 Code of Practice

Monday 15 JuneNew Zealand Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm1.5 Code of Practice (continued)

1.6 Immigration

Wednesday 17 JuneNew Zealand Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm2.1 English Language Sector

2.2 School Sector

2.3 Tertiary Education Sector

The training will be delivered via the Zoom platform. We will send you a URL link to join the training prior to each session.

Please ensure you

  • Have a computer (individually) with a camera and microphone available
  • Have downloaded and installed Zoom Client for Meetings in your computer
  • Have created an account with Zoom

Please note

  • The training will be delivered by Rachel, the ISEA director.
  • A presentation will be shared to your screen for each module during the training.
  • Please take notes as required throughout the training.
  • An online quiz will be included for each module. This is not a test but a way to help each one of you to understand the training content clearly.
  • We encourage you to engage with us during the training by asking questions and sharing your knowledge and experience.
  • A set of training documents will be posted to you after the training.

Book the training now at [email protected]

ISEA successfully completed the first online agent training

Due to national lockdown and travel restrictions, ISEA has moved agent training sessions to be delivered online.

ISEA successfully delivered four sessions of online agent training for a small group of education agents from Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam in the middle of May. Thanks to all agents who agreed to take the training online.

New Zealand government agencies and education providers have been proactively to support international students during the Covid-19 pandemic. ISEA believe New Zealand remains a promising and ideal option for students looking to study abroad. Therefore, now is a great opportunity for education agents to get prepared for the industry recovery as borders start to reopen in the coming months.

ISEA will continue to offer online training to assist and support education agents who promote New Zealand as a study destination.

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 on 14 May 2020

New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 at 11:59 pm on Wednesday 13th May 2020.


At Alert Level 2,

  • Most businesses are allowed to open with safety restrictions.
  • All early learning centres, schools and tertiary institutions will reopen from Monday 18 May 2020.
  • Public facilities such as museums and libraries will reopen with safety restrictions.
  • Gatherings are allowed but the number of attendees is limited to 10.
  • People are instructed to keep their distance from others in public


To keep you updated with the changes about Covid-19 in New Zealand, please refer to the Covid-19 page summarised by ISEA, where you will find all information relevant to the international education industry.

2020 NCEA Exam Changes due to Covid-19

The Government has advised that NCEA exams this year have been pushed back 10 days for 2020 and will start on 16th November instead of 6th November.

The amended examination timetable is available here.

For details, please refer to the NZQA and Ministry of Education website.

Education agents please liaise with schools and your students as this may affect departing flights for some students who have arranged their trips.

New Zealand will move to Alert Level 3 from 28th April 2020

New Zealand will move to Alert Level 3 from 28th April and hold at Alert Level 3 for two weeks until further notice.

Rules for life at Alert Level 3

1. Stay home
2. Work and learn from home if you can
3. Make your business covid-19 safe
4. Stay regional
5. Keep your bubble as small as possible
6. Wash your hands often with soap. Then dry them
7. If you are sick, stay at home and quickly seek advice from your GP or Healthline about getting a test
8. If you are sick, stay at home and seek advice from your GP or Healthline about getting a test

For detailed instructions, please refer to the Unite against Covid-19 website


Welcome the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology

The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) was officially established on 1st April 2020!

Accordingly to the planned reform of the vocational education industry of New Zealand, the existing 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics are merged into one organisation. NZIST has 15 ITP subsidiary boards and one national Council. Details about the name and location of the NZIST is yet to be released.

Check out the website to know more about the newly established organisation.

Pearson ensure the health and safety of PTE Academic Test Takers

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Pearson has suspended testing in a number of our locations. In the test available locations, Person have restricted the number of test takers in each session in order to comply with official requirements and in the interests of protecting test takers and test centre administrators. A full list of locations and information about testing is available here.  

Pearson’s primary focus is on ensuring the health and safety of PTE Academic test takers, our employees and test centre administrators. We continue to monitor the global situation daily and are actively following advice from governments and healthcare authorities.

Pearson are also making their efforts to support test takers during this difficult time by offering free resources and other digital products for test preparation. Click here to find more details. 

PTE Academic Test is widely accepted in New Zealand for education and immigration purposes.