Eligibility – 2016

Eligibility – 2016

Last updated 9 February 2017
Last updated 02/09/2017

We are in the process of updating these fund pages for 2017.

For the 2017 conditions for the Search and Rescue (ACE) Fund, refer to:

Generic conditions that relate to all on-Plan funds

Specific conditions that relate to this fund only


This page sets out the eligibility criteria for Search and Rescue (SAR) Adult Community Education (ACE) funding.

It outlines TEO eligibility, programme eligibility and learner eligibility.

TEO eligibility

To be eligible to receive Search and Rescue (SAR) Adult and Community Education (ACE) provision funding, a tertiary education organisation (TEO) must be:

  • an institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP)
  • a wānanga; or
  • a private training establishment (PTE).

See Condition SAR002.

Working with organisations, groups and communities

A TEO must work with organisations, groups, and communities to identify and meet SAR training needs. See Condition SAR006.

Programme eligibility

To be eligible for funding, a SAR (ACE) course of training must be less than 40 credits on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

See Condition SAR005.

Learner eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in a SAR (ACE) programme of training, a learner must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen or resident
  • nominated to undertake the SAR training by New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR), or by a SAR organisation approved by NZSAR.

See Condition SAR004.

Verifying learner eligibility

TEOs must ensure that learners are eligible to enrol in SAR (ACE) funded training. It is recommended that TEOs use one of the following methods to confirm learner eligibility:

Type of student

Verification methods

A New Zealand citizen

A TEO can:

a)    confirm the student's citizenship status using the student’s NSN; or

b)    receive an assertion through RealMe® that the student was born in New Zealand (prior to 2005); or

c)    sight an original or certified copy of one or more of the following documents:

i)      a New Zealand birth certificate; or

ii)     a New Zealand passport; or

iii)    a New Zealand certificate of citizenship; or

d)    if a student is unable to obtain a birth certificate for the purposes of (c)(i) above, contact the TEC to confirm that a whakapapa statement signed by both the student and a kaumātua is acceptable evidence of citizenship.

A New Zealand resident:

A TEO must sight an original or certified copy of one or more of the following documents:

a)    a passport with a current returning residency class visa (a passport with a visa label); or

b)    a passport, and letter or email, confirming current returning residency class visa (label-less visa, followed by confirmation with Immigration New Zealand, where appropriate); or

c)    a certificate of identity from Immigration New Zealand if the student is a refugee.

Note: To enquire about an individual student’s immigration status contact the Immigration New Zealand.

Verification of identity

It is recommended that a TEO verifies a learner’s identity when the learner enrols for the first time and the programme of learning leads to a qualification with an EFTS value of greater than 0.03 EFTS. 

For subsequent enrolments in consecutive years, the TEO is not required to re-verify identity.  However, TEOs should assess their level of risk around identity verification and, if appropriate, should develop a policy as to when the TEO must re-verify the learner’s identity.

It is recommended that TEOs familiarise themselves with the Department of Internal Affairs' Evidence of Identity Standard.