When to apply

If you have recently graduated (or are eligible to graduate) from an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme or are an overseas-trained teacher, you will need registration and a current practising certificate to begin your teaching career in New Zealand.

A Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate is the first practising certificate you will hold. It means you have not yet had the opportunity to demonstrate you can independently use and meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa because you are new to the teaching profession in New Zealand.

NZ-trained teachers: A Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate is issued or renewed for three years. The total fee for both registration and a Tōmua is $220.80. 

Overseas-trained teachers: A Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate is issued or renewed for three years. The total fee for both registration and a Tōmua is  $302.57.

This practising certificate is designed to be held for a maximum of five years. You are expected to complete induction and mentoring and gain Tūturu | Full (Category One) within this timeframe.

What comes after a Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate?

Newly graduated NZ-trained teachers are required to complete a two-year programme of induction and mentoring provided by your employer. You will have a fully certificated (Tūturu) mentor guiding you through this.

Overseas-trained teachers who have already completed induction and mentoring or teaching overseas may only need to complete one year of formal induction and mentoring in New Zealand - if approved by the Council.

You may renew your Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate again if you have not completed your induction and mentoring. Check out our page on 'Renewing a practising certificate'.

Once you have completed these requirements you could be ready to move to Tūturu | Full (Category One) Practising Certificate; talk to your mentor about when you might be ready. 

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Requirements for Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate

When applying for registration and a practising certificate for the first time you will be required to fill out a Proof of Identity form - this is a required for people working with children as part of the Children's Act.

Requirement

Evidence

You are a New Zealand registered teacher

Teacher registration number - your registration number is provided when your registration is approved. If you are making an application for your first Tōmua |Provisional Practising Certificate at the same time as your registration, we will auto-populate your application with your registration number. 

NZ-trained 

You have completed an approved New Zealand ITE programme in the last five years 

 

or 

 

You have completed a TER (Teacher Education Refresh) programme in the five years before your application 

Certified copy of your approved New Zealand ITE qualification;  

or  

A link you provide for the Council to access your ITE qualification details on eQuals. 

 

 

 

Your TER completion certificate;   

or  

Council letter of TER exemption. 

Overseas-trained

You hold an equivalent or comparable overseas teacher education qualification completed in the last five years 

A certified copy of your overseas education qualification or qualifications that appear on the pre-approved list of qualifications;  

or   

A certified copy of your New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) International Qualifications Assessment that shows your qualification is comparable to a New Zealand ITE qualification.  

We will use information in the system that you have already provided with your application for registration.  

You are committed to the expectations in the Code | Ngā Tikanga Matatika 

A declaration that you are committed to the values and expectations in the Code | Ngā Tikanga Matatika 

and  

A declaration about any matters for which you are under investigation, that might impact your teaching or ability to meet the requirements of the Code | Ngā Tikanga Matatika. 

You have a satisfactory New Zealand Police vet

Your consent for the Council to apply to New Zealand Police for your police vet;  

and  

Confirmation of the types of verified identity documents that you provided to your identity referee. 

Where applicable, you have satisfactory overseas police vets 

Police vets that you have obtained from the national police service of the issuing country, for any country you have lived in for 12 months or more in the 10 years before you made your application to the Council;  

or  

A statutory declaration if you are unable to obtain a police vet. 

You are physically and mentally able to carry out a teaching role safely and satisfactorily   

A declaration that you do not have a condition that would affect your ability to teach safely and satisfactorily.  

If required:  

Any additional evidence, such as a medical certificate, to support your ability to teach. 

You are committed to develop and practise te reo me ngā tikanga Māori (Māori language and protocols)  A declaration that you are committed to develop and practise te reo me ngā tikanga Māori throughout your teaching career. 

 

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Tips for applying

  • Keep all communications in the same email thread when emailing us. It makes it easier and quicker for us to action. (Registration officers deal with thousands of emails each month, so everything in the one same email thread makes our job easier and means we can action things for you much faster.)
  • The more information the better. It's better to write additional notes or provide extra information in your application. It saves time, it means less emails from us seeking clarification on things, and means we can finalise your application much quicker.
  • Answer everything! Even if you think the information isn't applicable to you, if we've asked a question in the application form it's because we need that information. Anything missing in your application means we have to come back to you for that information and this extends the processing time and slows the approval down.
  • Proof of Identity (POI) requires specific things. The POI section is very particular and specific. We can only accept identity documents that we've specifically listed in each specific identity document category (Category A, Category B, and Category C). It's expected that you will read the POI section thoroughly to ensure you're using approved identity documents, and to ensure the POI is completed correctly and in full.
  • What is a certified copy? The document(s) you provided must be certified by an official such as a School Principal, a Teaching Council approved identity referee, a Centre Manager, a Justice of the Peace, a Solicitor, a Notary Public, a Registrar, or the authority who originally issued the document.