Update following judicial review decision

Teaching Council is working through the changes needed following the judicial review decision about annualisation of practising certificates and fees. The Requirements for Teacher Registration, Practising Certificates and Limited Authority To Teach policy will be updated once these changes are finalised.

The requirements for registration, practising certificates and LATs remain the same. The time period for when a practising certificate or LAT needs to be renewed will revert to the previous requirement:

  • Registration: never expires unless cancelled by the Council or you voluntarily de-register
  • Practising certificates: three years from date of issue or renewal
  • LATs: may be issued for up to three years, depending on the purpose of the LAT (skill shortage or specialist skill)

The Requirements for Teacher Registration, Practising Certificates and Limited Authority to Teach Policy (Registration Policy) supports quality teaching, learning and leadership.

The policy has been recently updated (October 2021) to reflect changes to teacher refresh processes, criteria for consideration of the satisfactory recent teaching requirement and reversion of practising certificate duration back to a three-year cycle, as well as edits for clarity. To read the registration policy, click here.

The policy recognises the expertise of professional leaders to be responsible when making judgements about individual teacher applications for practising certificates, while at the same time preserves the reputation of the profession and focuses on building capacity. Of course, Our Code, Our Standards | Ngā Tikanga Matatika, Ngā Paerewa sits at the heart of it.

In the policy you can find in-depth details about the requirements for becoming a teacher, for example, what it means to:

  • be satisfactorily trained to teach
  • be of good character and fitness
  • meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa 
  • have a high standard of English or te reo Māori competency
  • have satisfactory recent teaching experience

The policy came into effect in April 2020. All applications for registration, practising certificates and Limited Authority to Teach are processed using the policy. The new policy was borne out of a review in 2017 following the launch of Our Code, Our Standards | Ngā Tikanga Matatika, Ngā Paerewa because they are the foundation for teacher registration and certification.

The policy replaced the previous Interim Teacher Registration, Practising Certificates and Limited Authority to Teach Policy.