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Application forms

We’re in the midst of a peak renewal year! That means that we’re expecting more applications than usual, and will be particularly busy. Please be aware that it can take us around 6 weeks to process an application.

To apply for your registration, a practicing certificate or Limited Authority to Teach please use the specific form for your situation below. These forms are designed to be filled in on screen. Printing the form and filling it out by hand might result in your application being incomplete, which can delay the application process as we will need to request further information is provided.  On the most part people have found the new editable pdfs easy to use; however a few people have found that their browsers or operating systems don’t support completing the pdf forms. If you have difficulties please print your application form and use the attached completion guide to assist you in filling in the details on the form.

Please complete all the sections of the form then print, hand sign and date the relevant pages, get the necessary endorsements from identity referees and professional leaders and then send it to the Council using the contact details below with any required supporting documents. To help you make sure everything is included in your application, there is a check sheet and completion guide included in the form. And don't forget to include the application processing fee. The fee is non-refundable so please make sure you're eligible before you apply. 

Here's where to send your documents: 

Postal address: PO Box 5326, Wellington 6145

Courier address: Level 7, 80 Boulcott Street, Wellington 6011

 

Before you complete your form, please read the proof of identity information. It's important you complete this section fully and correctly, otherwise your application may be delayed.
 

Quick guide to forms

If you are... Use this form:
A New Zealand teaching graduate applying to teach for the first time EC10
A previously registered teacher whose registration expired prior to July 2015 EC10
An overseas trained teacher applying to teach in New Zealand for the first time (see the overseas teachers page for more information) EC15
Registered in an Australian state or territory that is included in the TTMRA (see the overseas teachers page for more information) EC15
Renewing your full practising certificate EC30
Due to renew your practising certificate, but no longer have sufficient recent teaching experience for a full practising certificate EC90
Renewing your Subject to Confirmation (STC) practising certificate EC90
Renewing your provisional practising certificate EC80
Provisionally certificated and ready to apply for a full practising certificate EC20
Ready to apply for a full practising certificate from a STC practising certificate EC21
Not qualified as a teacher, but wish to be authorised on a fixed term basis to teach a specific subject (Limited Authority to Teach) for a period of time. EC40

Collective Agreement Processing Fee Payment Forms

If you are eligible to be exempt from paying the practising certificate fee, use the form below.  Once completed, your professional leader will need to sign this. If you are a teacher, your principal will need to sign the form, and if you are the principal your board chairperson/ commissioner will need to sign the form.

If your fees have already been paid, and you are eligible for a reimbursement of the practising certificate fee, you can use the same form to claim a reimbursement.

Please note – We need the original of this form so please post it in with your application or if you have already submitted and paid for your application and are applying for a reimbursement, please post this form in to the Education Council. We cannot accept photocopies or scans.

Exemption / Reimbursement Form

Practising Certificate Fee Exemption or Reimbursement Form [.pdf]

Effective Dates and Links for Collective Agreements

For more information on a specific collective agreement, including eligibility criteria for exemption or reimbursement, please use these links:

Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement 2016-2019 (8/04/16 - 7/04/19)

Area School Principals' Collective Agreement 2016-2019 (30/06/16 - 29/06/19)

Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement 2016-2018 (9/06/16 - 8/06/18)

Primary Principals' Collective Agreement 2016-2018 (17/05/16 - 16/05/18)

Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement 2015-2018 (28/10/15 - 27/10/18)

Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement 2016-2019 (12/05/16 - 11/05/19)

Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers & Senior Teachers Collective Agreement 2017-2019 (1/6/17 - 31/5/19)

Applying for registration and a practising certificate

Do you need to apply for registration as a New Zealand teaching graduate?

If completed your initial teacher education qualification in New Zealand and are applying for registration for the first time you should apply for registration using this application form: EC10 (processing fee: $220.80 incl GST).

Were you previously registered with the Teachers Council and are now unregistered (ie. your registration expired prior to 1 July 2015)?

To check whether you hold current registration you can search the online register. If you no longer appear on the register then this means you are unregistered then you will need to meet the current requirements to become registered with the Council and apply using this application form: EC10 (processing fee: $220.80 incl GST).

Do you need to apply for registration and your teaching qualification was completed overseas?

For more information about applying for registration as a overseas trained teacher see our see our overseas teachers webpage . To apply use this form: EC15 (processing fee: $302.57 incl GST of 15%).

Do you hold current registration one of the states/territories in Australia included in the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA) and want to obtain the equivalent registration/ practising certificate category in New Zealand?

For more information about who is part of the TTMRA see our overseas teachers webpage . To apply under the TTMRA use this form: EC15 (processing fee: $302.57 incl GST of 15%).

Already registered and applying for a new practising certificate

Do you need to apply to renew your full practicing certificate?

If you hold a full practising certificate that is due to expire or has expired and you meet the teaching service requirements to renew your full practising certificate (ie. you have one year of teaching in the last three years or two years of teaching in New Zealand during the last five years) please apply using this application form: EC30 (processing fee: $220.80 incl GST).

Do you hold full longer have sufficient recent teaching experience to renew full?

If you hold a full practising certificate that is due to expire or has expired but you no longer meet the teaching service requirements to renew with full (ie. you do not have one year of teaching in the last three years or two years of teaching in New Zealand during the last five years) please apply for a Subject to Confirmation practising certificate for experienced teachers using this application form: EC90 (processing fee: $220.80 incl GST).

Do you need to apply to renew your Subject to Confirmation (STC) practising certificate for experienced teachers?

If you currently hold a Subject to Confirmation practising certificate, and you need to renew your STC practising certificate please apply for using this application form: EC90 (processing fee: $220.80 incl GST).

Please note that if you are applying for STC certification and during the last five years you have not completed any teaching employment or your teaching employment very minimal (see the application form for details) you will need to provide a return to practice plan with your application form. Here is a template that can be used to create your RTP plan (this includes a copy of the TER programme curriculum which can be referred to in order to assess what areas you wish to focus on in your plan).

Do you need to apply to renew your provisional practicing certificate?

If you held or currently hold a provisional practising certificate and need to apply for a further provisional practising certificateplease apply using this application form: EC80 (processing fee: $220.80 incl GST).

Hold STC or provisional certification and applying for a full practising certificate

Are you provisionally certificated and are now ready to apply for a full practicing certificate?

If you currently hold a Provisional practising certificate and you have completed the induction and mentoring requirements to be issued with a Full practising certificate then please apply using this form: EC20 (processing fee: $302.57 incl GST of 15%).

Do you hold a STC practicing certificate and are now ready to apply for a full practicing certificate?

If you currently have a Subject to Confirmation (STC) practising certificate and you have completed the induction and mentoring requirements to be issued with a Full practising certificate apply using this form: EC21 (processing fee: $302.57 incl GST of 15%).

Applying for a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT)

Do you have the skills and experience appropriate to advance the learning of students; or have skills that are in short supply but you have not completed an initial teacher education qualification?

If you are not eligible for registration as a teacher in New Zealand but you wish to take up a fixed term teaching position to teach a specific subject and meet the specific criteria for a Limited Authority to Teach then please apply using this form: EC40

Application processing fees:
for up to a 1 year LAT - $56.22 (including GST)
for up to a 2 year LAT - $112.44 (including GST)
for up to a 3 year LAT - $168.66 (including GST)

Identity Verification Forms