Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher Recognition

Expressions of interest are closed.

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The Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher (ACET) expression of interest stage to recognise exemplary practice in primary teaching is now closed.

Timeline for the process to be recognised as an Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher

  • 26 March 2018: Teachers will be notified of the outcome of their expression of interest and the national prioritisation process (used if required). Selected teachers will be invited to submit a portfolio.
  • 6 August 2018: Portfolio submissions close.
  • 11 October 2018: Teachers will be notified of the outcome of their portfolio.
  • 28 January 2019: First allowance payment.

About Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher recognition

To recognise exemplary practice in primary teaching, the Advanced Classroom Expertise Teacher allowance was introduced as part of the settlement of the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement 2013-2015 (PTCA).

ACET recognition is based on eligibility and professional criteria agreed between the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa as part of that settlement.

Up to 800 primary teachers who meet the eligibility criteria in the PTCA or the applicable Individual Employment Agreement (IEA) and whose classroom practice is demonstrably higher than the Experienced Teacher Professional standards within the Interim Framework of Professional Standards for Teachers (Schedule 3 of the PTCA or the applicable IEA) can be recognised as an ACET.

An ACET will receive an ongoing additional allowance of $5,000 per annum, paid fortnightly through payroll effective 28 January 2019.

There are approximately 250 allowances available for the 2018 recognition process.

Contact TeachNZ

To contact the ACET recognition team at TeachNZ, phone 0800 165 225, or email

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