Registration, practising certificates and LATs

All teachers in New Zealand must be registered and issued with a practising certificate by the Teaching Council of New Zealand, Matatū Aotearoa.

When to apply for registration

You can apply for registration and a provisional practising certificate as soon as you've graduated.

Registration and certification is the way the Teaching Council ensures all teachers in Aotearoa are qualified, capable and ethical professionals.

Registration never expires but your practising certificate must be renewed every three years.

You can apply for registration and a provisional practising certificate at the same time through the Teaching Council’s online portal, Hapori Matatū.

Newly graduated teachers are required to compete a two-year programme of induction and mentoring provided by their employer before applying for a full practising certificate.

You can find out more on the following pages of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand website:

Information about getting registered and certificated – NZ Teaching Council(external link)

Apply online – Hapori Matatū(external link)

Limited authority to teach (LAT)

A Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) allows a person without a teaching qualification to be employed in a teaching position in a specified situation, temporarily.

For example, a LAT allows a school to employ someone with skills that are in short supply, often people who have specialist skills, such as industry specialists in technology subjects.

Limited Authority to Teach – NZ Teaching Council(external link)

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