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Teacher Education Refresh (TER) Programme

It’s great you are interested in returning to the teaching profession in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

What is TER?

To ensure the curriculum, pedagogy and system knowledge of all teachers is current you may need to take part in a Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programme.

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. 

You may be eligible to teach while you complete the refresh programme. 

Who is TER for?

You are likely to be required to complete a TER programme if you:

  • are applying for your first practising certificate and you graduated from your Initial Teacher Education programme more than five years ago
  • held a Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate and have not taught in the last five year
  • have already held two Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificates and want to apply for a third
  • are an overseas teacher and your education qualification was completed more than five years ago and you have not taught in the last five years. 
  • you may also be required to undertake a TER programme if you have held Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tūturu | Full Practising Certificate (Category One) or Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Pūmau | Full Practising Certificate (Category Two), but not taught for a length of time. 

When you submit your application for a practising certificate, you will be advised if you are required to complete a refresh programme.

If you have held a full practising certificate in the past, after completing your refresh programme, you will first be issued with a Pūmau |Full Practising Certificate (Category Two). This practising certificate is for experienced teachers who are not currently able to be endorsed as meeting all the Standards | Ngā Paerewa but are considered as likely to meet them. 

If you have never held a practising certificate you will need to be registered as a teacher and after completing a refresh programme, can be issued with a Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate.

If your registration expired prior to 2015 you will need to reapply for registration and a practising certificate (you can do this at the same time).

If you have any questions, please email 

Requesting a review of the requirement to complete a TER programme 

In some situations, provisionally certificated teachers may be able to demonstrate that their professional knowledge and practice is up to date and they are well prepared to teach. Read more

TER providers

University of Auckland

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

Contact information:

Anca Popovici
Course and Conference Administrator
09 623 8977

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Open Polytechnic  of New Zealand

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

Contact information:

Karen Kane
Programme Delivery Manager

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Te Rito Maioha - Early Childhood New Zealand

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

Contact information:

Margarette Cantwell
Phone: 09 263 9750

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Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ

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

Contact information:

Wendy Hunt
Course Coordinator
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