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Register of New Zealand Registered Teachers

This online register lists all registered teachers and those who also hold a practising certificate in New Zealand in real-time.  It also shows whether a teacher's registration and/or practising certificate has been cancelled or is annotated. Registration and practising certificates are separate entities and carry different assurances. Only those with a current practising certificate can legally be employed in a teaching position in the general education system in NZ.

Important information for employers and professional leaders

All employers must sight the teacher's practising certificate card or approval letter to confirm the correct teacher registration number. A current practising certificate meets the Police vetting requirement of the safety checking process required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. Employers are responsible for undertaking all other aspects of the safety check, including identity verification, reference checking, interviewing and risk assessment for the person's safety to work with children.

For further information about an annotation please contact the Council. You can also view more information about Schedule 20(6)(b) of the Education Act 1989.

Where the Register notes that an extension is authorised for an expired practising certificate, employment in a teaching position remains lawful for the duration of the extension.