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Teacher Registration, Practising Certificates and Limited Authority to Teach Policy

The new policy Teacher Registration, Practising Certificates and Limited Authority to Teach has been implemented with Hapori Matatū | Online Community. All applications using our new smart forms or Hapori Matatū will now be processed using this new policy.

The new policy was developed in consultation with the teaching profession and key stakeholders, following a review of the interim policy in 2017. You can read the full story on this page.

When we consulted with the sector the clear message was that a new policy should:

  • Be easy to understand and follow
  • Enable a fast turnaround for straightforward applications
  • Maintain a high bar for entry into the profession with ongoing professional learning and development
  • Promote our commitment to Our Code, Our Standards, in particular te reo me ngā tikanga Māori
  • Be flexible so we can get quality teachers in front of learners when we need them
  • Reflect the high trust we have with our teachers and professional leaders

We believe the new policy supports quality teaching, learning and leadership and links to the Code and Standards. It recognises the expertise of professional leaders to be responsible when making judgements about individual teachers, while at the same time preserves the reputation of the profession and has a focus on building capability.

The previous Interim Teacher Registration, Practising Certificates and Limited Authority to Teach can be read here.

At what stage prior to the expiry date can a teacher reapply for a practising certificate?

The new policy Teacher Registration, Practising Certificates and Limited Authority to Teach has revised the application period for teachers to reapply for their practising certificate prior to the expiry date. 

The application period is now three months; teachers can renew their practising certificate up to three months before the expiry date.  Applications submitted earlier than three months before expiry will not be processed.

Why three months?

Review and approval of a practising certificate application is based on the most recent teaching information submitted and the commitment agreed to by the teacher as part of the application process in Hapori Matatū.  This is then considered as part of the endorsement approval process. 

Key factors that require a three month application period:

  • The Teaching Council needs to ensure the police vet check is current.
  • The teacher application details submitted is based on satisfactory recent teaching.
  • Endorsement by the professional leader is centred on the teacher meeting or likely to meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa mō te Umanga Whakaakoranga; having completed satisfactory recent professional development; and made progress in te reo and tikanga Māori.
  • The move to Hapori Matatū, which is more streamlined, will allow for a quicker application process and therefore making the old six month period redundant.

Through Hapori Matatū and our new smart forms, you can renew your practising certificate up to three months before the expiry date.  Applications submitted earlier than three months will not be processed and the payment will be refunded.