As a registered member of the NZSTA you are also able to:
- Practice as a Registered Member with the NZSTA. This is a mandatory employment requirement for the majority of New Zealand work places. The NZSTA strongly encourage the public seeking a speech-language therapist to only engage in an agreement with a speech-language therapist who is a registered member with the NZSTA. The NZSTA strongly encourage employers only to employ a speech-language therapist who is registered with the NZSTA.
- Receive an Annual Practicing Certificate and be listed in the public online list of registered members of the NZSTA (hyper-link)
- Apply under the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) that NZSTA signed in 2008 (updated 2017) with SPA, RCSLT, ASHA, IASLT and SAC. The MRA is an agreement which allows members of signatory associations to apply for mutual recognition of their credentials from another signatory association. Note: In order to demonstrate that you are in “good standing” with the NZSTA, you must be a current registered member, and have been a registered member for at least one year immediately prior to applying.
- Use the title speech-language therapist registered with the NZSTA after your name to recognise your regulated status with your professional Association.
- Stand for election to area representative and governance roles within NZSTA.
As a student member the following benefits are also available to you:
- Free membership for first time student members, for their year of membership. (Expires 31 December of year joined)
- Student representatives in each New Zealand university training programme. Networks are being developed by your representatives with the other programmes.
- Being part of your professional association as the first step on the pathway to becoming a registered member of the NZSTA.
- Eligibility for nomination for the student achievement award – presented to one student from each New Zealand training programme.
- For post graduate students, eligibility to apply for the Research Excellence Award.
Once you graduate and become a registered member – new graduate of the Association you will receive mentorship while you gain experience before progressing to a registered member.
Once you become a registered member of the NZSTA you will have access to the Mutual Recognition Agreement. This enables members of signatory associations (e.g., NZSTA) to apply for mutual recognition of their credentials from the other signatory associations – currently Speech Pathology Australia, the RCSLT, CASLPA, ASHA, and the Irish Association of SLTs. Put simply, it is a time and cost effective way of becoming a member of the overseas Associations.