The teacher aide pilot professional learning development fund of $2.29 million is available to all teacher aides from 1 July 2020.

NZEI Te Riu Roa, the Ministry of Education and the NZ School Trustees Association agreed to establish a pilot fund of $790,000 to provide access to professional learning and development (PLD) for teacher aides as part of the settlement for Support Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement (SSSCA) 2019-2022.

The fund was increased under the recent pay equity settlement to $2.29 million over 18 months from 1 July 2020.

Under the terms of settlement, wherever possible PLD is to be provided in term and Christmas breaks. The fund provides for teacher aides to be paid for their time to attend professional development and for course fees.


We have collated a list of possible PLD courses suitable for teacher aides that you might be interested to apply for. This list is not exclusive and does not indicate quality. We have gathered information from teacher aides who have said they have found these courses helpful.

Teacher aides are welcome to apply for a course outside those listed below. The fund pays for courses offered by private providers, polytechnics and universities as well as schools, kura or clusters of schools. It covers both face-to-face and distance learning/online delivery.

These courses will be updated from time to time as we want this to be a 'living' document. We will use our best endeavours to keep the content current, but if you find any of the courses have changed, please let us know by emailing nzei@nzei.org.nz.

Below is a list of possible PLD courses. Click on the link of shortcuts to see courses related to a specific topic.

Autism Behaviour Management

Behaviour management

Brain Injury

Child Development

Child Protection


Conduct Disorder

Cultural capability

Down Syndrome




First Aid

General Teacher Aide Skills

Induction - courses that may be useful for teacher aides just starting out

Literacy Courses

Māori medium / kura kaupapa

Numeracy Courses

Specific Learning Disabilities (general)

Teacher Aide Qualifications

Te Reo Māori Courses

Wellbeing and physical education