Applying for a full practising certificate
Full practising certificates are for experienced teachers, who demonstrate they can independently use and meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.
When to apply for full certification
There are two types of full practising certificate.
1. Tūturu | Full Practising Certificate (Category One) is for experienced teachers who have been and continue to be endorsed as meeting the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa. This means you are able to demonstrate that you independently use and meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.
If you currently hold Tōmua | Provisional, you are ready to move to Tūturu | Full (Category One) when you:
- have talked with your mentor and professional leader about whether you are ready
- have successfully completed your induction and mentoring for at least two years while on Tōmua | Provisional (or at least one year for overseas teaching service with evidence – approved by the Council)
- have been provided with multiple opportunities to demonstrate that you independently use and meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa
- are 0.5 full time teacher equivalent (FTTE) or more
- are able to fulfil the other requirements in the table below.
Once you have been issued with a Tūturu | Full (Category One) you will never be required to return to Tōmua | Provisional. You can renew your Tūturu or move to a Pūmau depending on your circumstances.
A Tūturu | Full Practising Certificate (Category One) is issued or renewed for three years. To move to Tūturu it costs $512.37.
2. Pūmau | Full Practising Certificate (Category Two) is for experienced teachers who, because of their role type, are not currently able to be endorsed as meeting all the Standards | Ngā Paerewa but who would be likely to meet them. This means you have previously held Tūturu | Full (Category One) so have demonstrated in the past that you independently use and meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.
A Pūmau | Full Practising Certificate (Category Two) is issued or renewed for three years. Moving to Pūmau costs $464.37.
Requirements for moving to Tūturu | Full (Category One) or Pūmau | Full (Category Two)
For Tuturū | Full (Category One): You meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa
To move from Tōmua | Provisional to Tūturu | Full (Category One): An endorsement from your professional leader that you have successfully completed a two year induction and mentoring programme, which has been supervised by a mentor who holds a Tūturu | Full (Category One) Practising Certificate, and that you have been endorsed as meeting the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.
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.
For Pūmau | Full (Category Two): You cannot be endorsed as meeting all the Standards | Ngā Paerewa but you are considered by your professional leader as likely to meet them
An endorsement from your most recent professional leader that you are likely to meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa and are recommended for Pūmau | Full (Category Two)
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;
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 NZ police vet
Your consent for the Council to apply to New Zealand Police for your police vet;
Confirmation of the types of verified identity documents that you provided to your identity referee.
We will use the identity documents you have previously provided, unless you have had a identity change - like a name change.
Where applicable you have a satisfactory overseas police vet
Police vets that you have obtained from the national police service of the issuing country, for any country that you have lived in for 12 months or more, in the 10 years before you made your application to the Council;
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 have continued to develop and practice te reo me ngā tikanga Māori
A declaration that you have continued to develop and practise te reo me ngā tikanga Māori while practising as a teacher;