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RTLB are appointed by the lead kura tumuaki/school principal. An RTLB must be a New Zealand fully-registered kaiako/teacher with a current practising certificate. The position is a full-time role.


The RTLB service and the Ministry’s learning support service work together with other services to provide seamless service provision for students who require additional learning and behaviour support. RTLB have an essential role to play supporting students with substantial barriers to learning, and building teacher and school inclusive practice capability. 

The RTLB role, scope of practice, professional principles, practice sequence and service outcomes are detailed in the RTLB Professional Practice Toolkit.


RTLB are responsible for:

  • providing the RTLB service in a cluster of schools in accordance with the RTLB Professional Practice Toolkit meeting the service priorities and expectations listed in the RTLB Funding and Service Agreement
  • maintaining casework records according to cluster protocols
  • maintaining trusting, professional relationships within cluster schools and with parents/whānau, communities and community agencies.


RTLB must hold the required RTLB qualification - the Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching endorsed in Learning and Behaviour issued by the Massey/Canterbury universities, or one of the previous qualifications: the Post Graduate Diploma in Special Needs Resource Teaching (PG Dip SNRT); or the Post Graduate Certificate in Education Studies - both issued by the Auckland/Victoria/Waikato consortium of universities.

Unqualified RTLB appointees (including those who hold an historic exemption) must attain the Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching endorsed in Learning and Behaviour within 48 months of appointment to their first RTLB position. 

Professional organisations

Many RTLB choose to belong to professional organisations. The cost of individual membership is an RTLB’s responsibility.

Unless attendance is part of an approved professional development plan, RTLB require cluster manager approval for leave of absence to attend professional organisation meetings and conferences.


Content last updated: March 2017