Process for Teaching in New Zealand
In order to teach in New Zealand, there are four external agencies that you will need to engage with. By working with ep.education, we can help you navigate these processes and answer any questions you may have.
1.Have your qualifications assessed by NZQA
If your qualifications are not exempt from assessment, you will need to submit an International Qualifications Assessment(IQA). To find out if your qualification is exempt from assessment visit the NZQA Pre-Approved List.
2. Apply for teacher registration with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
All practicing teachers in New Zealand (including relief/supply teachers) must be registered with the New Zealand Teaching Council and hold a current practicing certificate. These are administered by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
3. Gain the right to work in New Zealand
Visa details are available on the Immigration New Zealand website. Once you have New Zealand registration you can legally teach in New Zealand with a valid right to work.
4. Complete a Salary Assessment
In New Zealand in a state or state integrated school you will need to submit a Salary Assessment to the Education Pay roll Division NovoPay to ensure that you are paid at the correct salary rate.
If you start working in New Zealand prior to the completion of your Salary Assessment, you will initially be paid on a lower salary. Depending on the outcome of your IQA report from NZQA and the date you are granted teacher registration, you may be back paid.
NOTE: As soon as you have applied to the Teaching Council or if you already hold a practicing certificate this application needs to be submitted. Teachers mention that this is the most difficult stage of relocating. It can take several months to have your salary assessed correctly and, in the meantime, you may need funds to support yourself whilst living in New Zealand.