Registration, practising certificates and LATs

All teachers in New Zealand must be registered teachers with the Teaching Council of New Zealand, Matatū Aotearoa.

When to apply for registration

You can apply for provisional registration as soon as you've graduated.

When you first apply for registration you’ll be granted registration and a provisional practising certificate that expires after 3 years.

You’re expected to gain a full practising certificate registration by completing a 2 year induction and mentoring programme within the 3 year timeframe, 6 years of when you first become registered.

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

Getting started: Certifcation (external link)

Renewing a full practicing certificate (external link)

Renewing a provisional and subject to confirmation practising certificates (external link)

For overseas teachers (external link)

Limited authority to teach (LAT)

A Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) allows a person who can't be registered and certificated 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 but no teaching qualification, such as industry specialists in technology subjects.

Limited Authority to Teach (external link)

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