Certificates of Excellence 2024


To recognise exceptional achievement in the field of language learning, NZALT provides certificates, suitably endorsed, for NZALT members to award to their students. Please note that it is not possible to apply for certificates for other (non-member) teachers in your school.

From 2024 certificates will be sent to schools in pdf format for self-printing. We hope that this change will address the delivery issues we have experienced in recent years so that all schools have the certificates available to present in Term 1.

Dates for 2024 have now been set and are as follows:

Friday, 1st March: spreadsheets due, clearly labelled, listing students eligible for recognition. Completed spreadsheets should be sent to certificates@nzalt.org.nz. Only one spreadsheet containing the information for all languages should be sent per school. 

The spreadsheet can be found here: NZALT Certificates of Excellence 2024.

Week beginning Monday 18th March: Certificates emailed to schools.

Please note that applications after the March 1 deadline will not be accepted.


1. Eligibility : 

a student is eligible to receive a Certificate of Excellence if s/he has gained, in a language in any one year, at least:

at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3: 14 or more credits at Excellence level, including at least 3 credits at Excellence from externally and 3 credits at Excellence from internally assessed standards.


Cambridge International Examinations: A or A*


International Baccalaureate (IB): Standard Level grade 7 or Language B Higher Level grade 6 or 7.


2. Applications must state:
  1. Candidate's name (correctly spelt)
    b. Language learned and which examination / level;
    c. School attended;
    d. Name(s) of teacher(s) making application;
    e. Name of school principal;
    f. NZALT region of the school (Auckland, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury, Otago/Southland)


3. Certificates are for students in Years 11 to 13.


4. The student's teacher must be a current member of NZALT (i.e., hold membership in the year in which students completed the standards to which an Excellence certificate applies).


5. Applications for the certificate are to be made on the designated spreadsheet (please rename the file with your school name before submission).