Registered Teacher Criteria

The Registered Teacher Criteria are standards for quality teaching that teachers in New Zealand must meet to gain and maintain registration.

Registered Teacher Criteria

Teachers play a critical role in enabling the educational achievement of all ākonga/learners.

The Registered Teacher Criteria (Criteria) describe the essential knowledge and capabilities required for quality teaching in New Zealand. They apply to all teachers in their everyday professional practice seeking to gain full registration, or renew a practising certificate with full registration.

The Code of Ethics/Ngā Tikanga Matatika commits registered teachers to the highest standards of professional service in promoting the learning of those they teach. The Registered Teacher Criteria and Code of Ethics should be used hand in hand.

Read the Registered Teacher Criteria:

Resources to help teachers meet the Criteria

Professional leaders must be assured that teachers meet, with evidence, the Criteria at the time of applying for a practising certificate or for full registration.

View presentations and activities for professional leaders to help staff implement the Registered Teacher Criteria.

Teachers in specialist roles

The variability of teaching positions that teachers hold these days means that sometimes meeting the Criteria isn’t always clear. Below is some advice and case studies for teachers and principals to help assess whether those in specialist roles in secondary schools meet the Criteria.

How can the Registered Teacher Criteria be met by teachers in specialist roles in secondary schools?

Knowing and working with the Registered Teacher Criteria

Early childhood education (ECE) centre owners

Advice for ECE centre owners on getting the appropriate endorsement for the renewal of their practising certificate.

Guidelines and requirements for centre owners and managers renewing their practising certificate


The resource below has been developed by Core Education and explores links between e-learning and meeting the Criteria. You’ll find examples and suggestions for reflection against each of the Criteria, and a section on using digital tools to gather evidence of meeting the Criteria.

Registered Teacher Criteria and e-learning

Background to Registered Teacher Criteria

In 2006, the Teachers Council began a project to develop new standards for use when teachers are gaining and maintaining full registration. Access information about how the Registered Teacher Criteria were developed.

The Registered Teacher Criteria were developed with significant input from the sector. The Criteria:

  • were designed to be more relevant to teachers in all education settings in New Zealand
  • aim to provide a more rigorous description of quality teaching than the Satisfactory Teacher Dimensions.

The Teachers Council has acknowledged that for the Registered Teacher Criteria to be successfully used in the appraisal of teachers, the skills / knowledge of professional leaders needs to be improved. This has led to the Appraisal of Teacher project currently underway.