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Practising Certificates for Teachers

There are four categories of practising certificate in New Zealand - Tōmua | Provisional; Tūturu | Full (Category One); Pūmau | Full (Category Two); and Returning to Teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand (RTTANZ).


To enter the teaching profession in New Zealand, you need to first apply for and be granted Kaiako Whai Rēhitanga I Teacher Registration.  Registration does not expire, and you will retain registration even if your practising certificate expires and is not renewed. For more information regarding the requirements for becoming registered see Requirements for Registration.

All registered teachers must apply for and hold a valid practising certificate to be employed in a teaching position in New Zealand. If you’re not teaching, you are not required to hold a practising certificate, however you are required to have completed satisfactory recent teaching in New Zealand to renew your practising certificate. If you’re returning to teaching after five years away, you will be required to engage in a process on your return to refresh your knowledge.

Please click here for more information on requirements for practising certificates.

Please click here to view the policy factsheet which includes a detailed table showing the old practising certificate names and the new practising certificate names.

There are three main practising certificate types depending on where you are in your teaching career: Application for your first practising certificate is usually made concurrently with an application for teacher registration.


This practising certificate is for all new and beginning teachers from New Zealand and overseas.  It is the first practising certificate type you will hold when you start teaching in New Zealand.

Teachers with Tōmua | Provisional are required to complete a compulsory two-year programme of induction and mentoring provided by their employer. Your Tōmua gives you three years to do this. If you have evidence that you have completed induction and mentoring or teaching overseas, you may only need to complete one year of formal induction and mentoring in New ZealandOnce your professional leader is satisfied that you have completed the required induction and mentoring and that you meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa mō te Umanga Whakaakoranga you can apply for Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tūturu | Full Practising Certificate (Category One).

For further details about the requirements for Tūturu | Full (Category One) see Induction and Mentoring.

Some new teachers may need to complete a Teacher Education Refresh (TER) programme to be issued with Tōmua for the first time because their teaching qualification was completed five or more years ago. Other teachers may need to undertake a Teacher Education Refresh programme if they need to renew their Tōmua. For further information about Tōmua, see the Registration Policy.


This practising certificate is for experienced teachers; those who have been endorsed as meeting all the Standards | Ngā Paerewa. For more information and the requirements for gaining and renewing Tūturu | Full (Category One), see the Registration Policy.

Gaining Tūturu

You are likely to be issued with Tūturu if you have been endorsed as meeting all the Standards | Ngā Paerewa following successful completion of your induction and mentoring programme, as well as meeting all other requirements listed.

If you hold Tōmua | Provisional, you are required to complete a two-year induction and mentoring programme.

If you hold Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Pūmau | Full Practising Certificate (Category Two) or Subject to Confirmation practising certificate, you are required to complete a one-year mentoring programme.

Your teaching position needs to:

Renewing Tūturu | Full (Category One)

  • The law requires the Council to be satisfied that a teacher has met certain requirements before a practising certificate can be renewed. This includes specific requirements for the completion of recent teaching and professional development. If you have completed less than two years of uninterrupted teaching in the five years before your application, we will consider a range of other factors to determine whether you have delivered safe, high-quality teaching. ‘Satisfactory recent teaching experience’ provides further details on these factors.
  • Your professional leader is required to endorse the extent to which you meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa. If you hold Tūturu and you have been endorsed as meeting all the Standards | Ngā Paerewa as well as meeting all the other requirements listed below, it is likely your Tūturu practising certificate will be renewed.
  • If your professional leader is not able to endorse you as meeting the Standards | Ngā Paerewa because of your role type but considers that you are likely to meet them, we may issue you with a Pūmau | Full (Category Two). See information about Pūmau below.
  • Once you have been issued with a Tūturu you will never be required to return to Tōmua.
  • If you do not meet 'satisfactory recent teaching experience', you may be required to complete a TER programme or a Return to practice plan.
  • For further information see the Registration Policy.


This practising certificate (formally known as Subject to Confirmation) is for experienced teachers who are not currently able to be endorsed as meeting all the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa mō te Umanga Whakaakoranga because of their teaching role type but are considered by their professional leader as likely to meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.

If you previously held Tūturu | Full (Category One), you may move to Pūmau | Full (Category Two) if you’ve recently been teaching in a role where you cannot be endorsed as meeting all the Standards | Ngā Paerewa, but you are considered by your professional leader as likely to meet the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.

As you had earlier been issued with Tūturuyou will never be required to return to TōmuaYou are able to move back to Tūturu once you have completed appropriate mentoring and are able to be endorsed as meeting the Standards / Ngā Paerewa.

Check out page 14 of the Registration Policy.

Check out the Endorser Guideline for professional leaders.