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Application forms

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 renew their practising certificate. 

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, teachers can renew their 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.

Should I use Hapori Matatū or the smart forms to apply for or renew my practising certificate?

If you need to renew a current practising certificate and are associated with a school/kura/centre, ITE provider or other approved setting, please log in to Hapori Matatū. You can then select the 'Registration and Certification' tab to start the application process or look out for the orange ‘Apply Now’ button. Teachers can renew their practising certificate up to three months before the expiry date.

Limited Authority to Teach (LAT)

If you want to apply for a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT), please use the smart form below to apply for registration and/or certification. The form is designed to be filled in on screen; please complete all the sections of the form then print, hand sign and date the relevant pages, and get the necessary endorsements from identity referees and professional leaders. Send the form with any required supporting documents to the Council using the contact details below. Remember to include the application processing fee. The fee is non-refundable so please make sure you're eligible before you apply. 

Overseas trained teachers

If you have lodged an EC15 application and you have received an employment offer to teach within a New Zealand school or early childhood centre, please contact us immediately. Our priority is to have teachers able to teach where they have a definite job offer.

Please keep in mind that it can take us around six to twelve weeks to process an application, depending on its complexity.

Application process

To apply for your registration, a practising 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. 

Please complete all the sections of the form then print, hand sign and date the relevant pages and get the necessary endorsements from identity referees and professional leaders. Send the form with any required supporting documents to the Council using the contact details below. Remember to include the application processing fee; the fee is non-refundable so please make sure you're eligible before you apply. 

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.
 
 

Smart forms

When using the smart forms please click on the appropriate link in the table below and download and save to your desktop.  You can then open the saved form, fill it out and save again.  It is now ready for you to print and sign.  Remember to get your referee to also sign it if required. Please post the completed form to the Teaching Council.

Smart form Type For Form link
New graduate teachers (New Zealand trained) Application Teacher TC10
Overseas trained teachers Application Teacher TC15
Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) LAT Teacher TC40
       
Proof of Identity Proof of Identity Teacher POI
Proof of Identity if currently residing overseas Proof of Identity Teacher POI-OS
       

Professional Leader Endorsement

To be completed by your employer e.g. Board of Trustees Chairperson or direct employer, and then uploaded into Hapori Matatū.

Endorsement  Professional Leader Professional Leader Endorsement

Teacher Endorsement: Renewing Tōmua | Provisional - formerly Provisional

To be completed by professional leaders who are not registered teachers.

This is an endorsement form and not a practising certificate application form.

Endorsement Professional Leader Teacher Endorsement renew Tōmua | Provisional

Teacher Endorsement: Renewing 

Tūturu | Full (Category One) - formerly Full
OR
Pūmau | Full (Category Two) - formerly STC

To be completed by professional leaders who are not registered teachers.

This is an endorsement form and not a practising certificate application form.

Endorsement Professional Leader Teacher Endorsement renew Tūturu or Pūmau

Teacher Endorsement: Moving to Tūturu | Full (Category One) from 

Tōmua | Provisional  - formerly Provisional
OR
Pūmau | Full (Category Two) - formerly STC

To be completed by professional leaders who are not registered teachers.

This is an endorsement form and not a practising certificate application form.

Endorsement Professional Leader Teacher Endorsement move to Tūturu | Full
       
Return to Practice Plan   Teacher RTP
       
Conflict of Interest Conflict of Interest Teacher COI