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Requirements for registration

To enter the teaching profession in New Zealand, you need to first apply for and be granted Kaiako Whai Rēhitanga | Teacher Registration. Registration is retained even when your practising certificate expires. Registration can be cancelled by the Council if it was issued in error, or you fail to meet the requirements. You can also voluntarily deregister unless you’re the subject of an investigation by the Council.

All registered teachers must apply for and hold a valid practising certificate to be employed in a teaching position in New Zealand. You’re required to have completed satisfactory recent teaching in New Zealand to renew your practising certificate. 

In order to be granted Kaiako Whai Rēhitanga | Teacher Registration a person needs to meet the following requirements:

Satisfactorily trained to teach

To meet this requirement, you will need to hold one of the following:

  • an approved New Zealand initial teacher education (ITE) qualification; or
  • a comparable overseas teacher education qualification as shown on an NZQA international qualifications assessment; or
  • an overseas qualification assessed as being on one of the NZQA Pre-approved overseas teaching qualification lists.

Commitment to the Code of Professional Responsibility

To meet this requirement, you will need to:

  • Make a declaration that you are committed to the values and expectations of the Code of Professional Responsibility | Ngā Tikanga Matatika.
  • Also declare whether you are under investigation for any matters that might impact your teaching or ability to meet the requirements of the Code | Ngā Tikanga Matatika.

Have satisfactory police vets

  • A New Zealand Police vet.
  • Where applicable overseas police vets.
  • A statutory declaration if you are unable to obtain a police vet

Fit to be a teacher

  • Be physically and mentally able to carry out a teaching role safely and satisfactorily. This involves declaring that you do not have a condition that would affect your ability to teach safely and satisfactorily and provide any additional evidence such as medical certificates if required.

Able to communicate competently in English and/or te reo Māori.

  • Be competent in English and/or te reo Māori. One of the evidence types listed in the policy needs to be provided to meet this requirement.
  • Commitment to the ongoing development and practise of te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. To meet this requirement, you will need to declare that you are committed to develop and practise te reo me ngā tikanga Māori throughout your teaching career.

*Note: Prior to 1 July 2015 registration was not granted indefinitely. If your registration expired prior to this date, then you will need to apply to be registered again. You will also need to apply for a practising certificate if you want to teach in New Zealand.