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Registration exam support

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If you have a learning difficulty, or a short term medical or physical disability we can support you.

The Board has two options available to support practitioners when sitting examinations with the Board:

  • Literacy Aotearoa
  • Special conditions

Literacy Aotearoa 

If you have difficulty with literacy and numeracy or suffer from severe anxiety support is available through the Literacy Aotearoa exam support programme. 

This can be a game-changer for many. The Board recognises that some practitioners may be prevented from becoming qualified and registered because of learning difficulties. We want to support those individuals to be successful. 

Your options

If you have a learning difficulty for example dyslexia you can register for an alternative assessment pathway.

We can support you by:

  • providing extra time / or reader-writer assistance, and
  • in some instances, an oral exam can be recommended instead of a written exam


  • $387.50 + GST paid directly to Literacy Aotearoa. 
  • Many learning support services offered by Literacy Aotearoa or other parties are free or funded by the government if you qualify.  However, fees may be payable if not.
  • The Board exam fee of $350.00 will be charged for each written exam attempt.
  • Fees for oral exams are charged on a cost recovery basis, where travel arrangements might affect costs.

How to register

Contact Literacy Aotearoa on 0800 678910 or via email

A dyslexia screening and a comprehensive interview will be arranged to determine the best way forward towards registration.

Special conditions

If you have a long or short term medical, physical, or learning disability we can support you.

You may be eligible to apply for special assessment conditions if this will significantly impair your performance when sitting the Board's registration exams. 

Applications for special conditions must be made before booking your examination and will be processed within 10 working days.

What type of special conditions are available?

  • Reader/writer assistance
  • Extra time
  • Special venue (available for certifying examinations only)
  • Hardcopy resources (available for tradesman examinations only)

The form can be found here on the Board's website.

Applications must be made and received no later than 15 April for June certifying examinations, and 15 September for November certifying examinations.

More information is available on our website or in our special assessment conditions information booklet or you can contact us at or by phone at 0800 743 262.