Teaching Profession - New Zealand

A system that is relevant for Primary, Intermediate and Secondary teachers in New Zealand to help maintain and demonstrate suitable Teaching Standards.
Teaching Profession - New Zealand
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PD System Overview

System Overview

Welcome to New Zealand's leading PLD system for the Teaching Profession.

This is a suite of essential tools that make management and tracking of your Professional Learning and Development an enjoyable task, ensuring you build a trail of productivity to be proud of.

It's also a powerful ecosystem where you can connect with employers, educators and guiding associations.

In practical terms, this is a system geared around recording completion of activities, and then being able to report on those achievements. Planning and tracking are overlaid to round out the package.


The Teaching Profession PLD system runs to a 3 year cycle that is aligned with the calendar year. A new cycle starts on 1 January each year and you join with the cycle that most closely matches your 3 year professional review. This is designed to provide a framework that your planning and goals will be structured around.

The system uses the term 'Credits' to measure the level of learning activity completed. 'Credits' are a blended mix of hours, types and quality of the PLD completed. This approach gives a tangible view that is simple, relevant and measurable.

The targets provided are not a requirement. They are a guide only to help establish a benchmark on common levels of activity, providing a yardstick for gauging your own progress.

Our Code Our Standards

Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession

This PLD system designed to support guidance from the Education Council of New Zealand, as provided in the document "Our Code Our Standards".

"Areas of Competency" that your completions are recorded against align directly with the "Standards for the Teaching Profession" set out in this document. The purposes of these are to:

  • describe the essential professional knowledge in practice and professional relationships and values required for effective teaching
  • promote high-quality teaching and leadership for all learners across all education settings
  • set the standard expected for teachers to be issued with a practising certificate
  • provide a framework to guide our career-long professional learning and development as a teacher
  • promote the status of the teaching profession through making explicit the complex nature of teachers’ work
  • strengthen public confidence in the teaching profession.

Extended Structure

An Activity is a single learning instance such as an online Module or an Event Attendance. Completion of an Activity can be entered using one of over 30 'Activity Type' templates provided.

Activities are also aligned with Learning Methods. These are groupings such as 'Structured' and 'Self Directed' and are designed to provide insight to the environments where activity is being completed.

Limits and minimum requirements are set against these attributes. These are to ensure Points are earned in a balanced manner and to offer meaningful goals. Refer other pages in this help section for more details of the Structure and Rules applied.

We hope you enjoy using this system.

PD System Technical

Teaching Profession - New Zealand
Cycle Length:
1 year (1 Jan - 31 Dec)
Cycle Type:
Global Cycle
Only one PD Cycle will exist at any given time, with each new cycle starting at the completion of the prior cycle. When a person joins the PD System they will enter the same cycle that all other people are on.
Member ID - Unverified
Each person must be an existing member of an association and is required to provide their Membership ID when joining the PD System. Entry is immediate, however the association will retrospectively verify the ID and may at their discretion drop the person from the PD System.
Run By:
PD able

Areas of Competency

Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership

Practise and develop the use of te reo and tikanga Maori. Demonstrate commitment to tangata whenuatanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Professional learning

Use inquiry, collaborative problem-solving and professional learning to improve professional capability to impact on the learning and achievement of all learners.

Professional relationships

Establish and maintain professional relationships and behaviours focused on the learning and wellbeing of each learner.

Learning-focused culture

Develop a culture that is focused on learning, and is characterised by respect, inclusion, empathy, collaboration and safety.

Design for learning

Design learning based on curriculum and pedagogical knowledge, assessment information and an understanding of each learner’s strengths, interests, needs, identities, languages and cultures.


Teach and respond to learners in a knowledgeable and adaptive way to progress their learning at an appropriate depth and pace.


Teacher / Lecturer / Trainer


New Zealand
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