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For New and Beginning Teachers

If you have recently graduated from your ITE programme you are well on your way to starting an exciting teaching career. 

If you trained overseas and are looking to teach in New Zealand, once you have your New Zealand teacher registration, you’ll also be able to apply for your first practising certificate.

Being issued with Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate

This is the first practising certificate type you will hold when you start teaching in New Zealand. Usually you’ll apply for this certificate at the same time as you register as a teacher.

Most new teachers will be required to complete a compulsory two-year programme of induction and mentoring provided by their employer and supervised by a mentor who is fully certificated (Tiwhikete WhakaakorangaTūturu | Full Practising Certificate (Category One)). Your Tōmua | Provisional gives you three years to do this.

If you have evidence that you have completed induction and mentoring or teaching overseas, you may only need to complete one year of formal induction and mentoring in New Zealand.

Some new teachers may need to complete a Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programme.

To be issued with Tōmua you will need to:

  • Be a New Zealand registered teacher.
  • Have completed an approved New Zealand Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme in the five years before your application or a TER programme in the five years prior to your application; or hold an equivalent or comparable overseas teacher education qualification – also completed in the five years prior to your application.
  • Make a declaration that you are committed to the values and expectations of the Code of Professional Responsibility | Ngā Tikanga Matatika.
  • Make a declaration about any matters you may be under investigation for that might impact on your ability to teach or meet the requirements of the Code | Ngā Tikanga Matatika.
  • Have a satisfactory police vet/s.
  • Be physically and mentally able to carry out a teaching role.
  • Be committed to develop and practise te re o me ngā Tikanga Māori throughout your teaching career.

Requirements for induction and mentoring

A Tōmua practising certificate means you have not yet have had the opportunity to demonstrate that you meet Standards | Ngā Paerewa, either because you are a newly qualified teacher or are new to the New Zealand teaching profession.

In order to move from Tōmua to Tūturu | Full (Category One) or Pūmau | Full (Category Two), you will need to complete a broad-based programme of induction and mentoring, supported by a fully certificated (Tūturu) mentor teacher, in order to be endorsed as meeting or likely to meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.

Your induction and mentoring programme will consist of:

  • At least two years in a position of at least 0.5 FTE while employed in a teaching position in New Zealand, while on Tōmua (this is for most teachers); OR
  • You have evidence that you have completed at least one year of induction and mentoring and teaching overseas, and have completed at least one year of formal induction and mentoring in a position of at least 0.5 FTE in New Zealand.

Being issued with Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tūturu | Full Practising Certificate (Category One) or Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Pūmau | Full Practising Certificate (Category Two)

Once you have completed induction and mentoring as part of the requirements for Tōmua you may be ready to move to one of the two full practising certificate types.

You are likely to be issued with Tūturu | Full (Category One) if you can demonstrate that you have been endorsed as meeting all the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa mō te Umanga Whakaakoranga  following successful completion of an induction and mentoring programme, supervised by a mentor who is fully certificated (Tūturu) as well as meeting all the other requirements for this certificate type.

If you’ve completed induction and mentoring you may move to Pūmau | Full (Category Two) if you’re teaching in a role where you cannot be endorsed as meeting all the Standards | Ngā Paerewa, but you are considered by your professional leader as likely to meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.

Requirements for Tūturu and Pūmau:

  • New Zealand registered teacher.
  • Meet or are likely to meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.
  • A declaration that you are committed to the Code of Professional Responsibility | Ngā Tikanga Matatika.
  • A satisfactory police vet/s.
  • You are physically and mentally able to carry out a teaching role safely and satisfactorily.
  • You have continued to develop and practise te reo me ngā tikanga Māori.

For further information see induction and mentoring

Finding a teaching position

Once you have provisional certification you can work as a teacher.

Find out more about ways to gain a teaching position in New Zealand