How it works
Maintaining Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) happens over a set 5 year period for full time teachers and 7 years for part-time or casual teachers. It involves continuing to demonstrate competent teaching practice, participating in at least 100 hours of professional development (PD), meeting particular Standard Descriptors, keeping your BOSTES membership up-to-date, and submitting a report before the end of each maintenance cycle. Maintaining accreditation is a condition of your employment in any NSW school.
Be proactive and communicate regularly
You are responsible for maintaining your Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation from the day you are accredited at this level. Communicate regularly with your school about your PD preferences and career goals. Your school plays a big role in your PD. Your principal or Teacher Accreditation Authority (TAA) may have a PD plan for your school or network of schools. Communicating your intentions through a professional learning plan or professional discussion with the appropriate person in your school is an important part of the process. Seeing where your goals align with school priorities/focus provides context for your professional learning.
What are the requirements for maintaining Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation?
You need to continue to demonstrate competent teaching practice, which is reflected in a report submitted at the end of each cycle, and complete at least 100 hours of PD over a set 5 year period for full time teachers and 7 years for part-time or casual teachers. These 100 hours may include:
Record your PD
Your 100 hours of professional development must also meet particular Standard Descriptors for Highly Accomplished Teacher level from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (PDF 2.2 MB).
- All descriptors in Standard 6
- At least one descriptor from Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7
Keep focussed on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers describes seven Standards outlining what teachers should know and be able to do. To maintain accreditation you need to keep demonstrating how you are meeting the Standards (at the Highly Accomplished Teacher level) through your classroom practice. Your PD also needs to reflect this. This information will be captured in your final report.
Record and validate your PD achievements
When you complete any professional development (both QTC Registered and Teacher Identified) you need to make sure it has been recorded and also validated.
Record your PD or Check your PD is validated
Write and submit your maintenance report
When you reach the end of a maintenance cycle, you need to write and submit a Maintenance of Accreditation Report at Highly AccomplishedTeacher Level. This report should demonstrate how your classroom practice has reflected the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers over the period of your maintenance cycle.
Review templates and report writing tips
Pay your annual fee
BOSTES supports great teaching through overseeing a system of accreditation which helps train and develop teachers to improve student learning outcomes, further improves the status of the teaching profession, and recognises the invaluable role teachers play in the community. Paying your annual fee is a condition of accreditation, and therefore employment as a teacher in a NSW school. Your annual fee is tax deductible, covers the full calendar year, and can be put on hold if you are taking extended leave. More about fees.
Talk to BOSTES if you have any questions
BOSTES can give you advice about identifying courses relevant to your teaching practice. We are also keen to know your PD interests to help us source providers. Your suggestions are welcome.
If you have a question please email or phone us on 1300 739 338 (within Australia).
Professional Learning Policy (PDF 894 KB)
Maintenance of Accreditation at Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Policy (PDF 170 KB)