Membership Categories

There are currently 10 categories of membership

As part of the application process you must agree to abide by the NZSTA Principles Rules of Ethics.

To assist you with your application process, please note the requirements for each membership category below. (Please note,  evidence for some of the requirements does not need to be sent with membership application but is required before Membership Application is approved).

Type of membership

CPD  

Employer’s
details

CV 

Previous
Membership
details (if applicable)

Copy of
SLT Qualification

Registered Member

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Registered Member – New Graduate

Y

Y

Y

Y

Registered Member – Return to Practice

Y

Y

Y

Y

Registered Member – Not dysphagia Trained

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Student Member

Y

Y

Y

Associate Member

Y

Y

Y

Y

Retired Member

Y

Y

If not a current NZSTA member – click here for the Application for Membership form.

If you were trained outside of New Zealand and have not had your qualifications previously assessed and approved then you need to complete the Qualifications Approval Application or follow the MRA Application Procedure.

Membership Voting Rights

All Registered and Life Members have voting rights and are eligible to accept nomination for office.

All Associate and Retired Members have voting rights but are not eligible to accept nomination for office.

All Student and All Honorary Members do not have voting rights and are not eligible to accept nomination for office.

 

Fee Categories for Registered Members, Associate Members, Registered Members – New Graduate, Registered Members – Return to Practice and Registered Members – Not Dysphagia Trained, Student Members:

  • Full-time:  Those working 26 hours or more per week. The annual fee for 2019 is NZD486.62 (including GST)
  • Part-time: Those working less than 26 hours per week. The annual fee for 2019 is NZD339.51(including GST)
  • Non-working: Those who will not be engaged in wage- and/or salary-earning speech-language therapy related activities for all or any part of the year (e.g. when on parental leave). The annual fee for 2019 is NZD120.75  (including GST).
  • Student Member: Those currently enrolled in a NZSTA accredited speech-language therapy programme. The annual fee for 2019 is NZD$49.51 (including GST)
  • 2019 First Time Student Member: Those student members new to NZSTA and currently enrolled in a NZSTA accredited speech-language therapy programme. Annual membership is free for 2019.

Payment can be made by internet banking, over the counter into the NZSTA bank account (Kiwibank), credit card, or by cheque.  More details are on our Payments page.

The NZSTA relies on the honesty of its members. If paid work is undertaken during the year then a change to the full-time or part-time Registered Member fee category is required. Members should notify the National office and make arrangements for the additional payment.

 

Please note: New graduates who were student members of NZSTA in the previous year are granted a discount of 10% off their membership fee for each year of student membership.

Register Member - New Graduate, Registered Member – Return to Practice, Registered Member – Not Dysphagia Trained

The categories Registered – New Graduate, Registered Member – Return to Practice and Registered Member – Not Dysphaghia Trained are those taking part in supervised professional clinical practice or completing further training in order to be eligible to be a registered member of the NZSTA.

Registered Members

Registered members of the NZSTA are currently engaged in the activities of speech-language therapy as a practitioner, administrator, manager, educator, researcher, or any combination thereof.

Eligibility Criteria

The following individuals are eligible to be or become Registered Members of the NZSTA:

  • those trained in New Zealand with a Teachers’ Certificate endorsed with qualifications in speech-language therapy, or with a Diploma in Speech-Language Therapy awarded prior to 1993; or
  • those who hold the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy awarded by the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, prior to January 2004; or
  • those who hold a Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy or an equivalent Bachelors or Masters degree from an NZSTA-accredited programme; or
  • those who have had their qualifications approved by the NZSTA.

In addition the following criteria must be met:

  • A minimum of 1,000 hours engaged in the activities of speech-language therapy as a practitioner, administrator, manager, educator, researcher, or any combination thereof, for which payment was received in the last five years. Evidence of these hours is required for those applying for Registered Membership of the NZSTA for the first time (excluding Registered Members – New Graduates). This may include, but is not restricted to a signed and dated letter from an employer, HR department, or auditor/accountant attesting to these hours of work over the past five years (or more). Registered Members of the NZSTA who are renewing their membership are not required to provide this evidence but members are trusted to respond honestly to the disclosure statement.
  • Fulfilling the NZSTA’s Continuing Professional Development requirements.
  • Abiding by the NZSTA Principles Rules of Ethics

Registered Members - New Graduate

Registered Members – New Graduate are in a period of transition between supervised student practice and independent delivery of services.

Eligibility Criteria

The following individuals are eligible to be or become Registered Members – New Graduate of the NZSTA:

  • Graduates of an NZSTA accredited-programme in their first or second year of practice (paid employment)
  • Graduates of an overseas programme in their first or second year of practice (paid employment) who have had their qualifications approved by the NZSTA’s Qualification Approval Committee
  • New graduates/newly qualified speech-language therapists who have not yet found employment. Please note: If applying for this category under these circumstances please be aware that you will not be able to work towards fulfilling the requirements to become a Registered Member until you are employed in a paid SLT position. 

 

Requirements

In addition to meeting the above criteria, Registered Member – New Graduate requires the following:

 

Guidelines

The Registered Member – New Graduate in paid employment, looking to progress to registered member of the NZSTA, is required to organize their own supervisor for the duration of the 12 month period (first year working). This supervisor must be a registered member of the NZSTA. The Registered Member – New Graduate will need to contact the NZSTA National Office giving them the name, membership number and contact details of this supervisor within three months of commencing their employment.  Full details of the Registered Member – New Graduate Member Framework can be found here.

 

Progression from Registered Member – New Graduate to Registered Member

The process for progressing from Registered Member – New Graduate to Registered Member is the submission of the Recommendation for Registered Membership of the NZSTA form with appropriate documentation as indicated in the Framework document.  This needs to be completed by the Registered Member – New Graduate’s supervisor, who must be a Registered Member of the NZSTA.

Registered Member - Not Dysphagia Trained

Registered Membership – New Zealand Not Dysphagia Trained indicates that a member does not have sufficient dysphagia education/clinical experience to meet the requirements of Registered membership. A person may remain in this category permanently if they choose not to undertake any further education/training in dysphagia.

Those who choose to undertake further training as directed by the NZSTA, will be eligible to apply for Registered membership once they have met the education/clinical experience requirements.

 

Eligibility Criteria

The following individuals are eligible to be or become Registered Members – New Zealand Not Dysphagia Trained of the NZSTA:

  • Speech-language therapists, NZ-trained prior to 1992 with no/limited under-graduate or post-graduate dysphagia education, whose qualifications have been deemed provisional by the NZSTA due to insufficient education or experience in dysphagia
  • Any of the above who are temporarily not working (i.e. seeking employment or on parental leave). Please note: If applying for this category under these circumstances, please be aware that you will not be able to fulfill all the requirements to become a Registered Member until you are employed in a paid SLT position.

 

Requirements

In addition to meeting the above criteria, Registered Member – Not Dysphagia Trained requires the following:

 

Guidelines

Please contact the National Office for individual guidance.

 

Progression from Registered Member – Not Dysphagia Trained to Registered Member

The Recommendation for Registered Membership form for Registered Members – Not Dysphagia Trained can be downloaded here. This needs to be completed by the Member’s supervisor under which they furthered their education/training in dysphagia.

The process for progressing from Registered Member – Not Dysphagia Trained to Registered Member is only relevant for those who wish to become a Registered Member.  A person may remain in this category permanently if they choose not to undertake any further education/training in dysphagia.

Registered Member - Return to Practice

Registered Member – Return to Practice is viewed as a period of transition between a time of absence from the profession and re-entry into the profession.

 

Eligibility Criteria

The following individuals are eligible to be or become Registered Members – Return to Practice of NZSTA:

  • speech-language therapists who have not accumulated 1000 hours of speech-language therapy practice within the five years immediately prior to the application for membership;

 

Requirements

In addition to meeting the above criteria, Registered Member – Return to Practice requires the following:

 

Guidelines

Please contact the National Office directly for individual guidance on this and progression from Registered Member –  Return to Practice to Registered Member.

Student Members

Student members of the NZSTA are student speech-language therapists who have not yet graduated/are not fully qualified and therefore cannot practice as a speech-language therapist or qualified speech-language therapists who are doing post-graduate study in speech-language therapy or a related area.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals eligible for this category are:

  • All persons currently enrolled in an NZSTA accredited speech- language therapy programme;
  • All persons holding an NZSTA recognised qualification who are enrolled full-time or part-time in a speech-language therapy-related course of post-graduate study and who are not receiving remuneration for any speech-language therapy-related work.
  • All persons enrolled full-time in a speech language therapy programme accredited by one of the signatory Associations of the Mutual Recognition of Credentials Agreement (2008) (updated 2017).

 

Requirements

In addition to meeting the above criteria, Student membership requires the following:

 

Student Membership Fee

The annual fee for 2019 is NZD49.51 (including GST).

Retired Members

Retired members of the NZSTA are any speech-language therapists who were Registered members or Provisional members (insufficient dysphagia competence) who have retired from all paid employment or any Associate members retired from all paid employment.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Please contact the National Office if you think you fit this category.

 

Retired Membership Fee

The annual fee for 2019 is NZD120.75 (including GST).

The NZSTA relies on the honesty of its members. If paid work as an SLT is undertaken during the year then a change to the full-time or part-time Registered Member fee category is required. Members should notify the national office and make arrangements for the additional payment.

Associate Members

Associate members of the NZSTA are members who are not speech-language therapists but work in a related field (e.g. an allied profession) and wish to be a member of the NZSTA.

 

Eligibility Criteria

The following persons are eligible to be or to become Associate Members of the NZSTA.

Any person who is:

  • in an allied field whose application is approved by the relevant sub-committee of the NZSTA
  • trained as an SLT but does not meet the criteria for Registered Membership and whose application is approved by the relevant sub-committee of the NZSTA.

Applications for Associate Membership must be approved by the NZSTA.  Please contact the National Office for more details.

 

Requirements

In addition to meeting the above criteria, Associate membership requires the following:

Life Membership

Life Members of the NZSTA are members who have made a significant contribution to the Association and the profession, through both outstanding leadership and committed service, over the course of their career as a speech-language therapist. Life membership is the highest honour awarded by the Association and confers Registered membership or Non-practicing membership on a person for the rest of his or her life.

 

Eligibility Criteria

The Board of the NZSTA may elect to confer life membership on suitably qualified persons. This is determined via evidence of outstanding service rendered to the profession of speech-language therapy and significant contribution to the Association during their years as a practicing speech-language therapist. It is also a requirement that the nominated persons have held NZSTA membership for the majority of their practicing years as a SLT in New Zealand (a minimum of at least 15 years applies).

Eligible persons must be nominated by one member of the Association and seconded by another in order to be considered for life membership. Nominations can be made at any time and these will be considered at the next scheduled Board meeting. For full information on the eligibility criteria and process please see the NZSTA Life Members Criteria.  To nominate a member for life membership the on-line form is available here but please read the eligibility criteria information first.

 

Requirements

In addition to meeting the above criteria, Life membership requires the following:

There is no annual fee for Life Members.

Honorary Members

Honorary members are individuals who do not hold a qualification in speech-language therapy but who have made an outstanding contribution to speech-language therapy in New Zealand. Honorary membership is an award conferred by the Association.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Honorary membership may be conferred on any individual who:

  • does not hold a qualification in speech-language therapy
  • has made an outstanding contribution to speech-language therapy in New Zealand.

 

Guidelines

Please contact the National Office for guidance on how to nominate a person for honorary membership.  Applications must be supported by a majority vote of the Board to be successful.

There is no annual fee for Honorary Members.