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Returning to Teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand Practising Certificate

Returning to Teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand Practising Certificate

This practising certificate is an interim measure to address circumstances where a New Zealand registered teacher has not completed any teaching in New Zealand in the five years prior to their application for renewal.

You are likely to be issued with Returning to Teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand (RTTANZ) if you’re a New Zealand-registered teacher who has not completed any teaching in the New Zealand general education system in the five years prior to your application for a practising certificate renewal, but are likely to meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa mō te Umanga Whakaakoranga. You may have been teaching overseas or have taken time out from the profession.

Under current law, the practising certificate you last held cannot be renewed if you have not completed any satisfactory recent teaching in the New Zealand general education system in the five years before your renewal application. This interim practising certificate provides a pathway back into teaching while addressing these legal requirements.

You’ll be required to undertake appropriate teacher refresh activities as part of this practising certificate type.  Depending on the certificate type you previously held, in order to move to a Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tūturu | Full Practising Certificate (Category One) you will also need to complete induction and mentoring (suitable for new and beginning teachers), or mentoring (suitable for experienced teachers).

This certificate type does not get renewed. We expect that once you have gained satisfactory teaching experience through teaching in New Zealand, and have met all the requirements for practising certificate renewal, you will seek to move to the appropriate certificate for you.  

How do I move from RTTANZ to other practising certificates?

Tomūa | Provisional to RTTANZ → 2 years induction and mentoring; employed in 0.5 FTTE teaching position → Tūturu

Pūmau | Full (Category Two) (or STC) to RTTANZ → 1 year mentoring → Tūturu

Tūturu | Full (Category One) to RTTANZ → 1 year mentoring → Tūturu

For more information see the Registration Policy.