Returning to teaching after an absence
If you are returning to teaching in NSW after a break of five years or more, you must be accredited by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).
How does accreditation work?
Accreditation supports quality teaching, recognises the invaluable role teachers play in the community, helps train and develop teachers, and improves student learning outcomes. To start or return to working as a teacher in a NSW school, you must be provisionally or conditionally accredited. You must then achieve and maintain Proficient Teacher Accreditation. Higher levels of accreditation are also available to teachers who want to extend themselves professionally and be recognised for stand-out achievements.
Read how accreditation works
What steps do you need to take to become accredited?
Teachers returning after an absence of five years or more follow a similar accreditation process as new teachers, or teachers from overseas or interstate. This includes:
1. Apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation
The first step to accreditation is to apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation. This is done online and by posting us your academic qualifications and other supporting documents – ideally before you start applying for teaching positions. BOSTES will confirm your accreditation level and give specific advice on subjects for which you would be approved to teach on appointment to a permanent position in a NSW public school. Depending on your qualifications you will be given either Provisional or Conditional Accreditation.
How to get Provisional or Conditional Accreditation
Read the document checklist
How to get accreditation for the first time
2. Refresher Courses
You will need to complete at least 10 hours of Refresher Courses in your first year of provisional accreditation if:
- you are returning to teach in NSW after five or more years away from teaching or
- you are coming to teach in NSW from overseas.
Read more about refresher courses
Find a refresher course
How to find work as a NSW teacher
Once you are provisionally or conditionally accredited, you should provide evidence of your accreditation to prospective employers as part of the selection and recruitment process.
See NSW school employers
What if you have been away for less than 5 years?
If you taught before 1 October 2004 and your last day of teaching was not more than 5 years ago, then you do not currently have to be accredited to work as a teacher in NSW. Accreditation will be mandatory for all NSW school and early childhood teachers in the future. This requirement will be rolled out over the next three years with a focus, during 2015, on consultation and planning with key stakeholders.
If you have a question please email or call us on 1300 739 338 (within Australia).