Getting Registered with NZSLTA

NZSLTA has an NZSL Teacher Registration system. Registration is one way to show your commitment to NZSL teaching and professionalism.

Registration Categories

NZSLTA members approved this registration system at an NZSLTA biennial general meeting. This registration system was set up to assess and evaluate qualifications, to categorise NZSL tutors and teachers. There are three categories in the NZSL teacher registration system:

  • Non-Certified NZSL Tutor
  • Provisionally Qualified NZSL Tutor
  • Qualified NZSL Tutor

Click on the NZSL Tutor Registration: Qualification Model file (available via NZSLTA) for further information about these categories. This model shows how NZSLTA members can get registered through study and/or assessment on their teaching experience (hours of NZSL taught) and participation in professional development, courses, workshops and conferences. You can also contact NZSLTA directly to ask about this model.

How do I get registered?

First, you need to be a NZSLTA member. You will receive TeachSign log in details. Log in and click on the NZSL Teacher online registration form. Fill it in, get all the supporting documents and email to NZSLTA. Before you apply for registration, you will need to collect required supporting documents, such as:

  • Proof of professional development, courses, workshops and conferences attended (related to teaching NZSL to adults).
  • Hours of NZSL teaching. Ask your course coordinator to write a letter of proof.
  • Please refer to the application form (or online form) for further details.

Who does the assessment?

NZSLTA has a Registration Advisory Panel (RAP). This panel has three members appointed by the NZSLTA. These three members evaluate qualifications, professional development, work experience and recommend the registry of members to specially appointed NZSLTA Executive Committee members.

When do I find out if I am registered?

The RAP meets once a year. Submit your registration application by the end of each January. NZSLTA members will either be notified through mail or awarded the registration at the NZSLTA national conference. Those eligible for Provisionally Qualified or Qualified Tutor registration will be listed in an NZSLTA general directory for the public.

Sharing Experiences

Watch these videos of NZSL teachers. They'll tell you how they got registered.