Application Information

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Applications for Associate and Provisional membership

Sheet MusicRecognising the richness and diversity of the world’s music IRMTNZ has a wide range of registration subjects in which prospective and existing members can apply to be registered. 

We also encourage any studio music teacher who is considering moving to New Zealand to contact us about registration with the IRMTNZ.

Applications for Associate and Provisional membership are considered by the Registration Board throughout the year, except for the period 1 December through 1 February. Applications are also welcome from existing members who wish to be registered in additional categories.

To facilitate this process, applicants are requested to keep supporting documentation succinct. Applications can be submitted online OR by downloading the relevant application form.

Online application:

Downloadable application forms (PDF):

Please email completed downloads and accompanying documentation to .

Please note a current Personal Criminal Conviction Record (PCCR) must be provided. You can request this online from the Ministry of Justice

What is the difference between Associate and Provisional membership?

An Associate Member (AIRMTNZ) is a fully registered member of IRMTNZ.  Associate Members have full voting rights, pay the appropriate one-off registration fee and annual subscription, and are encouraged also to join their local branch.

In order to become an Associate Member, you must be able to show you are:

A Provisional Member is a person seeking to become a qualified private music teacher who can show that they can perform at the level of Advanced Certificate (Trinity College London) or 100-level performance music (NZQA Level 5) at university. No qualification or experience in music teaching is required.

Provisional members are given a mentor to guide them through a two-year process (with negotiable extension to three years if circumstances require) that will lead them to meet the requirements of Associate membership.

Provisional Members have no voting rights and pay a modest subscription. They can attend IRMTNZ Continuous Professional Development events at a reduced fee.

Please Submit a Complete Application

Applications for Provisional and Associate Membership will not be considered for review by the Registration Board until they have been fully completed, the application fee received, and supporting documentation including the Ministry of Justice PCCR provided. It may take at least eight weeks to obtain your PCCR and then a further two weeks for the Registration Board to review your application. Please be patient – the Registrar will contact you once the Registration Board has reached a decision. Please note that no applications are reviewed during December and January.

Affiliate Organisation membership

IRMTNZ Teacher Training LibraryIRMTNZ Affiliate Organisations are organisations in the music industry or involved in music education who support our aims and objectives. This category of membership is by invitation of the Council of the Institute. Please contact the Registrar for more information.

Affiliate Individual membership

The Council may invite individual persons to apply for the status of Affiliate who are not music teachers but who have an interest in supporting our aims and objectives. This category of membership is by invitation from the Council of the Institute. Please contact the Registrar for more information.

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