Teacher Education Refresh (TER)
Te Ara Tū Whakaako

Gain or renew your practising certificate.


Register interest

Applications for study commencing in February 2021 have now closed. Please register interest if you would like to be notified when applications for the 2021 mid-year intakes are open.

The TER programme is for early childhood teachers who have not gained a full practising certificate. The programme could also be of interest to primary-trained teachers who want to learn more about working in ECE or internationally qualified early childhood teachers who want to learn more about the New Zealand environment.

Programme delivery
Te whakatakototanga o te hōtaka

The TER programme comprises four 4-week modules over a 20-week period. It comprises three modules of self-directed online learning and one supervised practicum module. There is a break of 1 or 2 weeks between each module. There are usually two intakes a year in February and July, and the programme must be completed within a year. The four modules are offered in the sequence below but can be completed out of sequence within 1 year of starting although students can go on hold for up to 1 year.

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The video below is a recording from a virtual open day and may help answer some questions you have.

Register interest

22 January 2021

Admission requirements
Ngā hiahiatanga tono

You are likely to be required to complete a TER programme if you:

  1. are applying for your first practising certificate and your ITE qualification was completed more than 5 years ago
  2. held a Tōmua (Provisional) practising certificate and you have not taught in the last 5 years
  3. have already held two Tōmua (Provisional) practising certificates and you are applying for a third
  4. are an overseas teacher and your education qualification was completed more than 5 years ago and you have not had significant teaching service in the last 5 years.

You may also be required to undertake a TER if you have held a Tūturu (Full Category One) or Pūmau Full (Category Two) practising certificate but not taught for a length of time.

For most teaching positions in New Zealand, it is a requirement to have a current practising certificate. If you have questions or want to discuss your individual situation, please email TER@teachingcouncil.nz

All applicants must:

  • undergo a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children’s 2014, including police vetting
  • submit an application to Teaching Council to renew your registration.

There is no set weekly early childhood service attendance requirement for this programme, but spending some time in a centre is recommended, especially if you have not worked as a teacher recently.

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