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SPELD NZ Courses 

SPELD NZ is registered as a private training establishment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and its subsequent amendments.

He mea rehita na te Mana Tohu Matauranga o Aotearoa kia tu hei Wahi Whakangungu Motuhake I raro I te maru o te Ture Matauranga 1989 me ona menemana.

SPELD NZ offers an NZQA approved  Certificate Course and Introductory Course.  SPELD NZ has been rated "Highly Confident" by NZQA in our latest Review.  (Click here for details.) We also offer Assessor Training, host conferences, and from time to time parent information evenings. Read on for further information under the following headings:

  • Certificate Course in Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Introduction to Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Community Presentations (refer also Events Page)
  • Assessor Training
  • Conferences

SPELD NZ reserves the right to cancel, or change the content, timing or method of presentation of any course in exceptional circumstances or if the minimum number of registrations is not reached. In general 14 days’ notice will be given if a course is to be cancelled.

SPELD NZ is not responsible for travel or related costs under any circumstances. Participants may want to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance in the unlikely event that a programme is cancelled or if the participant cannot attend for personal or professional reasons.

SPELD NZ Level 5 Certificate Course in Specific Learning Disabilities (CCSLD)

Approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and rated "Highly Confident in educational performance."  SPELD NZ is accredited to deliver the Course.

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This Level 5 course available to New Zealand certificated secondary, primary, and Early Childhood Teachers, or those with a tertiary qualification and experience in working with children, who wish to extend their knowledge and expertise in teaching, or learning about, people with specific learning disabilities (SLD).

Following the successful completion of the certificate course, those participants that hold a teaching qualification and have a minimum of one year's classroom teaching experience can apply to become a SPELD NZ teacher working one-to-one with students with SLD referred by SPELD NZ.

The objectives of the Course are to:

·      Provide ways of identifying students with Dyslexia and other SLD within various age ranges.

·      Provide practical classroom strategies to better meet the needs of students with SLD.

·      Equip teachers to design and implement a classroom teaching programme that will meet the needs of the student with SLD and the needs of the whole class.

·      Equip teachers to support the student with SLD.

·      Equip teachers to interpret specialist reports as a result of the Woodcock-Johnson educational assessment.  

Areas covered in the Certificate Course include:

  • Signs of SLD in the 5-7, 7-13, 13-18 and adult age groups.
  • Overview of theory development
  • Child development and exceptional children
  • An Introduction to neurology
  • A neuro-psychological introduction to SLD
  • Values, materials and uses of different play media related to age development and interest of children
  • Dyslexia in adolescence
  • Self help strategies for students
  • Effects on families/whanau
  • Behaviour and emotions
  • Auditory and visual processes
  • Assessment and lesson planning
  • Reading, spelling, writing and maths with SLD
  • Remedial theories
  • Sensory integration and motor development
  • Teaching learners with dyslexia - children to adults
  • Technology and SLD
  • Assessment and interpretation
  • Lesson planning from an assessment report
Online delivery method

The certificate course requires 400 hours participation/study activity.  An average of 15 -16 hours study time is required each week. If you are interested in applying for the Level 5 course, please consider your weekly routine and how you will accommodate those study hours.

Course Requirement:

Online contact time: chats/ forums / discussions / online activities                    180 hours

Course reading and assignment writing                                                          200 hours

3 day compulsory July Workshop in Auckland                                                  20 hours

Minimum Total Hours                                                                                   400 hours


Level 5 Courses Currently Available

Course Fees: TBC plus cost of any travel or accommodation for workshops

SPELD NZ scholarships may be available for teachers in some parts of NZ.  For criteria details and an application form,click here.

Online 2017:  Applications now closed.

Dates:  6 March 2017 - 20 October 2017. 

           Workshop dates:  10 ,11 & 12 July 2017 in Auckland.

Online 2018:  Applications now open. 

For further information on all CCSLD courses, please email

Enrolment on the CCSLD

Enrolment on our Level 5 course is a 2 step process:

  • application to ascertain eligibility to enrol (supported by certified copies of tertiary training qualifications and NZ residency) and
  • Completion of Fee Protection paperwork and payment of course fees



For further information, please email

SPELD NZ Level 3 Introduction to Specific Learning Disabilities

Approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and rated "Highly Confident in educational performance."  SPELD NZ is accredited to deliver the Course.

This Level 3 introductory course is offered for parents, caregivers, teachers, teacher aides or anyone interested in learning about specific learning disabilities. It provides a non-technical overview of Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and an insight into what it is like to have a learning disability

This is an introductory course, suitable for those who limited knowledge about SLD. It gives an insight into why specific learning disabilities occur, what it is like to have SLD and offers some initial strategies for helping these learners in the classroom and at home. For a more in depth course please talk with us about our Level 5 Certificate Course in Specific Learning Disabilities

This is a two-day course with activities to complete out of Course time. A certificate is issued on completion of the Course requirements.

Course topics include:

  • How it feels to have a specific learning disability
  • How failure leads to frustration and trouble in the classroom
  • How the brain works
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

No prior qualifications are needed to enrol in this course.

Earlybird Cost:  $200 per person for SPELD NZ members/ $300 for non members

Non Earlybird Cost:  $250 per person for SPELD NZ members/ $350 non members

Includes course notes . Coffee and tea is provided.

Introductory Courses currently available:

Auckland 2017

Dates: Friday 9 June & Saturday 10 June

          Friday 11 August & Friday 18 August

Venue: Royal Oak Baptist Church, 1 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak, Auckland.

For all Auckland course inquiries, please call 0800 773 536 or email

Tauranga 2017:  Thursday 27 July & Friday 28 July.   For course inquiries, please call
0800 773 536 or email

Wellington 2017:  Date & venue TBC.  For course inquiries, please call 0800 773 536 or email

Christchurch 2017

Dates:  Thursday 30 March & Friday 31 March

                   Thursday 24 August & Friday 25 August     

Venue:  Room 2, Block 4, Hammersley Park School, Amos Place, Shirley, Christchurch

For course inquiries, please call 0800 773 536 or email

Dunedin  2017

Dates:  Thursday 29 June & Friday 30 June 2017

Venue: Dunedin Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin 

For course inquiries, please call 0800 7736 or email

Introductory courses in other areas to be advised.  May be subject to demand.

SPELD NZ Assessor Training

The following Assessor Training is not an NZQA-approved course.

Assessor training is usually held once a year and is aimed towards training applicants who have the required NZCER Level C qualifications, in the administration and interpretation of the Woodcock-Johnson test batteries.  Our 2017 assessor training focuses on the WJIV. 

The training is in two parts: Part A ($2,400 + GST) is training in the use of the WJIV assessment batteries, report writing, acquisition of reading skills and identification of specific learning disabilities;  Part B is a restricted entry 12 month mentoring practicum for trainees wishing to be registered as SPELD NZ Assessor.  The cost of Part B is $700 + GST plus associated membership and registration cost of $125 including GST.

Click here for the  training overview. 

 How to apply for the next assessor training course:

  1. Obtain a letter from New Zealand Council for Educational Research  certifying a minimum "c" grade tester status.

    Here is the link that provides information about each of the NZCER registration levels and the types of qualifications needed to register at each level

    Here is the link for instructions on how to register through the NZCER website
  1.   Click here to download the assessor training application form

        Other documents required:

        Click here to download the reference form

        Click here to download the police vetting request form

        Click here to download the guidelines to police vetting request form

  1.  Email your application to and post original documents to SPELD NZ, National Office PO Box 24-617, Royal Oak, Auckland 1345

 For further details of on our assessor training, please contact:



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