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Fast facts and statistics

Interesting facts, statistics and historical information about teacher accreditation in NSW are available below.

  • On 1 January 2014 NSW Institute of Teachers and the Board of Studies merged to become Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES). 
  • To start working as a teacher in a NSW school, you must be accredited with BOSTES.
  • Teachers who have worked in NSW since before 1 October 2004, and have not had a break from teaching of more than 5 years are not currently required to be accredited.  
  • Any teacher can choose to seek accreditation.
  • There are four levels of NSW teacher accreditation:
  1. Provisional/Conditional Teacher
  2. Proficient Teacher
  3. Highly Accomplished Teacher
  4. Lead Teacher
  • Before the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004, there was no law requiring a minimum qualification to teach in NSW schools.

Statistics (as at 31 December 2014)

  • 36,771 NSW teachers are accredited at Provisional or Conditional Teacher level.
  • 33,361 NSW teachers are accredited at Proficient Teacher level.
  • 117 NSW teachers are accredited at the voluntary Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher levels.
  • 371 training providers are endorsed by BOSTES to deliver registered professional development for teachers.
  • Over 18,000 BOSTES registered professional development courses are available.
  • 103 NSW undergraduate teacher education programs are accredited.
  • 31 NSW postgraduate teacher education programs are accredited.