The certification process
Provisional and subject to confirmation practising certificates
Provisionally certificated teachers are usually newly qualified teachers who don’t yet have enough teaching experience to meet all of the Practising Teacher Criteria. They need to complete a broad-based programme of induction and mentoring over two years to gain full certification.
Teachers who are certificated subject to confirmation are experienced teachers who have previously met all of the Practising Teacher Criteria, but have not been able to be assessed as meeting them recently. This is because they haven’t had enough recent teaching experience in an approved setting, or their teaching has been too part-time or casual for a meaningful assessment to have been made by their professional leader. Some teachers who apply for registration and a practising certificate for the first time may be able to be certificated subject to confirmation.
If you wish to have your application considered for a subject to confirmation practising certificate, you will need to provide evidence of:
- holding a senior teaching position (at the level of Head of Department or higher), and
- more than five years of teaching experience, and
- evidence of recent professional development, and
- evidence of professional support and guidance or appraisal involving a mentor/supervisor teacher provided for a period of at least two years
Applying for the first time
If you completed your Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme in New Zealand, check out the step by step guide to applying for registration and your first practising certificate - or download the PDF.
Renewing a provisional or subject to confirmation practising certificate
Full practising certificate
Fully certificated teachers are experienced teachers who have completed satisfactory recent teaching experience, and have recently been assessed as meeting all of the Practising Teacher Criteria. To move to full certificate from provisional certification you need to:
- complete at least two years of teaching and an induction and mentoring programme
- meet the Practising Teacher Criteria.
If you have STC certification, you will need to complete at least a year’s teaching before being recommended for full certification, so that meaningful appraisal against the Practising Teacher Criteria can be completed.
Renewing a full practising certificate
Once you have full certification you need to renew your practising certificate to maintain it.
If you completed your teacher education programme in a country other than New Zealand and are thinking of moving here to teach, you need to apply for teacher registration and a practising certificate. Read more about requirements for overseas teachers.