Training to become a NZSL Tutor

Merge NZ support the growth of skilled and qualified New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) tutors and we offer trainings for all tutors in NZ. Both trainings are online as well onsite in different locations in New Zealand.

How training works?

Merge NZ works in partnership with the New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association (NZSLTA) to ensure that all NZSL tutors have the best training available. Training are delivered by fully qualified and registered NZSL trainers. 


In our courses, you will receive information, the right skills and knowledge you need to know about becoming NZSL tutor:

  • understanding the NZSL teaching Levels and Units for suitable learners e.g. adults or families/children

  • building knowledge about different NZSL curriculums and resources available for your teaching

  • improve your knowledge of NZSL grammar rules and structures

  • provided with a pathway to become a qualified and registered NZSL tutor with a professional national organisation (NZSLTA)

The training is specifically suitable for people with knowledge of NZSL skills (with a minimum of 5 years experience). If you wish to become a tutor, we recommend you to complete all NZSL levels (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced courses) as well get actively involved within the Deaf community to get deep understanding about Deaf culture.

All training programs are provided in NZSL only and there are no NZSL interpreters booked for the training.

When is the next training/workshop?

NZSL Professional Development trainings usually are being delivered in several cities for NZSL tutors and others who are interested to teach NZSL two or three times a year. We welcome new faces including Māori Deaf and Pasifika Deaf tutors.

All of our NZSL Trainers providing all our NZSL training programmes are registered with NZSLTA RAP (Registration Advisory Panel).


If you’re looking to develop knowledge, experience and skills in relation to NZSL teaching, we’re here to help. Ask us any questions.

Please visit our page (Book Online) as well TeachSign website regularly and keep an eye for future training dates. Click here to check for dates.

Merge NZ are always seeking passionate NZSL tutors, NZSL mentors, NZSL trainers and Deaf Culture trainers/presenters to join the NZSL teaching taskforce team.  We will provide information on how you can become a NZSL tutor. Please contact us if you are interested to become an engaging and professional NZSL tutor/mentor.