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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. teaching onsite or online

  • 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 - 7 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.

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). 


All training programs are provided in NZSL only and there are no NZSL interpreters booked for the training. Its highly recommended all NZSL fluent signers to become NZSL trainee tutors.


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

Upcoming training (PD) for NZSL tutors

Merge NZ aim to offer professional development (PD) training for all NZSL tutors to upskill your NZSL teaching knowledge and skills. We are open to Merge NZ tutors and outside NZSL tutors from anywhere in New Zealand. Check below to see any future PD trainings or workshops. If you have any question in relation to NZSL tutors training, please contact our NZSL Learning & Development Co-ordinator by sending email to training @

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