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what is the american equivalent of a level 5 diploma?

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1. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

anyone know?

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 8y

What is a level 5 diploma?

3. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

haha I guess it's not the same in australia...

Checking out the skilled migrant section of for NZ i saw graphic artist on the list. the requirements are as follows:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Design), National Diploma in Design (Graphic) Level 5 OR equivalent AND relevant experience

I'm just wondering...I have an associates degree and about 3.5 years professional experience.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

It seems that the National Diploma in Design - Level 5 is a two year course which would be the equivalent to your Associates Degree. The Raffles Design Institute in Aukland, NZ offers such a course. The description you have posted leads me to believe the quaifications are the Level 5 Diploma and enough experience to equal a Bachelors Degree in Design. Depending on your portfolio, your 3.5 years of experience may just qualify you.

Best of luck!

ps: I looked at several other National Diploma (Level 5) programs (nursing, business, computing, humanities, etc.) and they all stated the same 2 year criteria.

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

There isn't really a direct equivalence, but I think Isadora is broadly right, though the NZ system isn't quite the same as the Australian one. If you want some dull background, here it is.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 19, 2008, at 10:05 AM by magykal1 ]

6. Posted by chemgal (Respected Member 149 posts) 8y

Under the NCEA system in New Zealand, a level 5 qualification is a two year post-secondary qualification. The levels are:
Level 1 is sat in Year 11 at high school.
Level 2 is sat in Year 12 at high school.
Level 3 is sat in Year 13 (final year) at high school.
Level 4 is the equivalent of 1 year tertiary study.
Level 5 is the equivalent of 2 years tertiary study.
Level 6 is the equivalent of a bachelor's degree.
Level 7 is the equivalent of an honours degree.
Level 8 is the equivalent of a masters degree.
Check out the NZ Qualification Authority website http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/about/index.html

It's all pretty complicated especially as the system has just changed and most people have different qualifications. I finished high school in 1997 and I sat all my exams under a different system.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

You're right, Rob, that was dull - but informative!

It does seem to be quite similar to our (US) Vocational - Technical (Vo-Tech) schools.

8. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

Cool, thanks for the info. I'm not too concerned about settling in anywhere at the moment, I just like to know my options. who knows? if I find a cool job or a cool lady...I might have to start thinking a little more long term.

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Sorry to be boring about this - I can't help it

You may be right, mostly, in practice, Chemgal, but not quite right in principle - the level of a qualification denotes the ability required to achieve it, not the length of time studying it. So it's quite feasible that one could do a one-year level 5 qualification. Also Level 9 of the NZ system is a Masters, not Level 8.

Check out more dull literature, (especially for Isa ;))

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting magykal1

Check out more dull literature, (especially for Isa ;))

You're not boring, Rob - honest!! ;)

Thanks for the additional information! It actually answered some questions I had regarding the levels. I worked on someone's resume and their education qualifications were listed in levels with honors. When I asked for them to explain, the response was: "It means I graduated college and I'm smart too."
Thanks again!