TER overview

TER programmes are flexible and vary in length, starting from twelve weeks, are mainly completed online and delivered by four Council-approved providers around the country. 

Enrolment fees are currently free for teachers who are required to complete the TER programme to renew their practising certificate, paid for by the Government as part of the 2018 Budget. 

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Need help?

If you have any questions, please email enquiries@teachingcouncil.nz. 

TER providers

Provider Contact

University of Auckland 

Sector: Primary and Secondary 
Medium: English and Māori 
Regional coverage: National 

Anca Popovici 
Course and Conference Administrator 
09 623 8977 
Email: kohia@auckland.ac.nz 
Visit the website for more information 

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand 

Sector: Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary 
Medium: English 
Regional coverage: National 

Karen Kane 
Programme Delivery Manager 
Email: ter@openpolytechnic.ac.nz 
Visit the website for more information 

Te Rito Maioha - Early Childhood New Zealand 

Sector: Early Childhood Education 
Medium: English and Māori 
Regional coverage: National 

Rachel​ Winslow
Phone: 09 982 8064
Email: Rachel.Winslow@ecnz.ac.nz
Visit the website for more information 

Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ 

Sector: ECE, Primary and Secondary (music teachers only) 
Medium: English 
Regional coverage: National 

Wendy Hunt 
Course Coordinator 
Email: irmtter@gmail.com 

 

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Requesting a review of the requirement to complete a TER programme

A TER review request must demonstrate and provide evidence that your professional knowledge and practice is up to date and you have made significant progress toward meeting the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa 

The Council’s TER panel is made up of experienced professional leaders and principals from the ECE, primary and secondary sectors who consider applications from teachers in their sector. The panel considers all elements of your application for exemption including: 

  • The length of time since you last taught in the NZ general education system 
  • The nature and period of any teaching outside the NZ general education system (including the equivalent of satisfactory recent teaching experience overseas) 
  • Professional development relevant to the TER curriculum 
  • Professional leader testimony 
  • Induction and mentoring progress 
  • Self-identification of the professional learning you believe you need. 

The panel makes recommendations to the Chief Executive of the Council who makes the final decision. 

If would like to make a request, please read the TER review framework and provide all information and supporting evidence by email to TER@teachingcouncil.nz. 

Please contact the TER Coordinator at TER@teachingcouncil.nz if you require further information about a TER review. 

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