SPELD NZ Assessor training focuses on the administration and interpretation of the Woodcock-Johnson test batteries. It’s aimed at those who are likely to get the required NZCER Level C grading after course completion.

Training to be a SPELD NZ Assessor requires successful completion of the

  • Certificate in Diagnostics: Introduction to the Woodcock Johnson IV, SPELD NZ Assessment and Report Writing, and
  • SPELD NZ Certificate in Assessment and Report Writing.

Part A: The Certificate in Diagnostics: Introduction to the Woodcock Johnson IV, SPELD NZ Assessment and Report Writing is a comprehensive part time seven month course.  It focuses on developing the background knowledge needed to effectively administer the WJ IV and interpret the results.  This is a mainly online course with a five day face-to-face workshop in Auckland, probably during the July school holidays.  The course covers acquisition of reading skills, identification of specific learning disabilities, use of the WJIV assessment batteries, report writing, and three to five mentored practice assessments reports.

More details on course content is available on request.

Part B: The SPELD NZ Certificate in Assessment and Report Writing is a ‘train while you work’ course.  Participants must have successfully completed SPELD NZ’s Certificate in Diagnostics and have been identified as suitable candidates to become a SPELD NZ Assessor. Course participants work as SPELD NZ Probationary Assessors and complete a minimum of four paid assessments under the supervision of a mentor.  Participants will have a maximum of eight months from invitation date to complete the practicum, but earlier completion is possible. During this training, no report is to be sent to a client until the mentor has approved the release.

See below for details on how to apply for SPELD NZ assessor training and the eligibility requirements.

2025 Course fees to be confirmed. 2024 fees were $3800.

Read about what it’s like to train and work as a SPELD NZ Assessor

Natalie Wallace - SPELD NZ Assessor Training

Natalie Wallace of New Plymouth did the SPELD NZ Assessor training in 2018, spurred on by her own son’s learning challenges.

“Seeing my child’s journey through the education system made me really want to make a difference for children struggling to achieve their potential.”
Read about Natalie’s experience

Mike Sleeman describes what’s involved with an assessment and the rewards of working as a SPELD NZ Assessor.

“Judith’s knowledge is impressive and her passion engages the learner”

To be eligible to enrol, you must have recent qualifications and background to meet NZCER’s eligibility requirements for Level C registration including:

  • Appropriate Bachelor or higher qualifications in Education, Teaching or Educational Psychology;
  • Advanced courses in psychometric theory, and personality/abnormal psychology, as outlined by NZCER;
  • The psychology papers must have been completed within five years of the assessor training course. If papers are completed earlier, to be eligible, course applicant must have been working in a related field during the last 5 years;
  • If course applicant’s psychology papers are not listed in NZCER’s guidelines, applicant must provide SPELD NZ with an overview of the papers completed (including learning objectives) with an indication of which NZCER prescribed papers that they are most like. These applicants must sign an acknowledgement that SPELD NZ does not guarantee that NZCER will provide Level C certification following completion of our assessor training;
  • Trainees who are not educational psychologists must have within the last five years, practical experience in educational psychology, education, teaching or teacher-aide experience working with students with disabilities.

We recommend you dedicate approximately 10-12 hours a week for the guided reading and viewing tasks, contributing to online discussions and completing assignments. However, you may need to dedicate additional time over the four weeks following the workshop when you will be analysing assessment data and writing your first report.

We welcome inquiries and applications for training in 2025.
Preferably applications should be received  before 31 October 2024.  Applicants will be invited to a Zoom information session at the beginning of November.

For further inquiries on our Assessor training, please contact us here or call 028 25507415.

How to apply

Send us a copy of the Assessor training application, reference form, and a police vetting request. On receipt of your application you will be sent a short writing task to complete and an online phonemic awareness quiz. Please also provide certified copies of your:

  • university transcript completion of appropriate courses
  • passport and driver licence (or Birth Certificate)
  • Marriage Certificate or Dissolution Certificate, if your name differs on transcript, passport driver licence

Email your application to training@speld.org.nz and post original documents to SPELD NZ, National Office PO Box 24-617, Royal Oak, Auckland 1345.

Please note:  Ongoing use of Woodcock-Johnson test kits
Unless you are a registered educational psychologist, graduates of our training must be under the umbrella of an oversight body such as SPELD NZ, or under the supervision of a registered educational psychologist.