Teachers also encourage their pupils to enter into the New Zealand Academy of Highland and National Dancing examinations. These are usually held in May and September each year. The dress standard for entry into the examinations is governed by the New Zealand Academy. Entries close 1 March and 30 June and there is a scale of costs from "Getting Started" right through to the Advanced Examination some 10-12 years later. Certificates are awarded for each examination. These examinations qualify dancers to teach and also adjudicate at dancing competitions.