Please fill out this form if you would like to join the National Council of Home Educators NZ. If you are already a member of the National Council but you don’t know your membership number, please request it here.


[ Where do I find my exemption number?]

It's a 5 digit base number followed by a -1 for first child, -2 for second, etc. There's only one reference number for the family - the "suffix" indicates the order of exemptions granted. You will find the exemption number on each Certificate of Exemption and also declaration letters. Your exemption number is not the same as the NSN (National Student Number) which is about 9 digits and unique to each student.


If we are unsure whether or not you are genuinely homeschooling [or intending to/considering homeschooling], we may ask further questions or for a copy of your child’s exemption certificate.

The National Council communicates with members via email, the Forum and Facebook. When your membership has been approved you will be invited to join the National Council on Facebook and the Forum - it would be appreciated if you would choose one or both of these methods of communication so that you can be kept informed of special offers to members and other activities. If you choose neither, the only emails you will receive from the National Council will be the quarterly newsletter four times per year and a couple of AGM notices.

Membership to the National Council is free and has been for many years so that the organisation is available to every NZ home educator - but we do rely on donations to keep the [virtual] lights on. If you are in a position to make a donation please consider doing so. We suggest $25-$50/family per year. Our account details are Kiwibank 38-9014-0162108-00; Account name: National Council of Home Educators NZ Inc. Please include reference “donation” and if you wish, you can include your last name.

You can also ensure our emails get through by emailing us on or add our email address to your 'safe sender' list. You will be emailed a membership number within a few days, please get in touch if you don't get it: