What is endorsement?

The aim of endorsement is to support quality practice and give assurance that the teacher meets the Standards | Ngā Paerewa as required for their practising certificate type. Allowing professional leaders to endorse a teacher as meeting or likely to meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa is based on our high-trust model.

An endorsement is required for all applications except a teacher's first Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate.

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Who are endorsers?

Endorsers are professional leaders (or a senior staff member/s holding a full practising certificate and authorised by the professional leader) who endorse teacher applications for issue and renewal of practising certificates, based on their professional judgement of the teacher’s everyday teaching practice and processes that are in place at their centre/school/kura or other education setting.

Employers of professional leaders - head of faculty, Board chair or head of similar governing body - will have endorsement responsibilities for their practising certificates.

A relative or close friend cannot be an endorser. If you are a relative or close friend of the teacher, make sure another appropriate person is found to endorse to avoid a conflict of interest.

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Guidelines for endorsement

This Guideline for Endorsers provides direction to professional leaders about what they are responsible for, when they endorse an application for issue or renewal of a practising certificate.

We encourage professional leaders to contact the Council if they are unsure about any aspect of the endorsement process.

Note: the Endorser Guidelines are being updated to reflect changes for the implementation of professional growth cycles and other clarifications, including policy decisions for annualisation of practising certificates. We will advise professional leaders when the updated guidelines are available.

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How to endorse an application

If you are a registered teacher and the teacher needing endorsement applied online please log into Hapori Matatū to endorse applications online.

If you are not a registered teacher, please use one of the following endorsement forms:

Professional leader endorsement

To be completed by your employer e.g. Board of Trustees Chairperson or direct employer, and then uploaded into Hapori Matatū.

Professional leader endorsement

Teacher Endorsement: Renewing Tōmua | Provisional

To be completed by professional leaders who are not registered teachers.

This is an endorsement form and not a practising certificate application form.

Teacher Endorsement renew Tōmua | Provisional

Teacher Endorsement: Renewing 

Tūturu | Full (Category One) - formerly Full
OR
Pūmau | Full (Category Two) - formerly STC

To be completed by professional leaders who are not registered teachers.

This is an endorsement form and not a practising certificate application form.

Teacher Endorsement renew Tūturu or Pūmau

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