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Teacher accreditation: What you need to know

The NSW Government Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL) reforms mean that every NSW school teacher now needs to meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. This includes the need for all teachers to be accredited to continue, return to or start teaching in a NSW school from 1 January 2018.

Pre-2004 school teachers

For pre-2004 school teachers, accreditation is a new requirement. The pre-2004 school teacher accreditation scheme, available until 31 December 2017, enables Teacher Accreditation Authorities (usually your employer) to accredit you at the level of Proficient Teacher. Your first Maintenance of Proficient Teacher Accreditation cycle will start in 2018. More for pre-2004 school teachers

Early childhood teachers

BOSTES is currently developing, in consultation with key early childhood education stakeholders, a suitable process and timeframe for the accreditation of early childhood teachers working in pre-schools, long day care centres and other early childhood settings. More for early childhood teachers

Post 2004 teachers

For graduates, returning and accredited teachers an overview of your accreditation requirements and opportunities is below.

New or returning teacher?

Graduates and teachers returning from a break of five years or more need to be provisionally/conditionally accredited. This involves:

  • providing a current Working With Children Check clearance
  • providing certified academic transcripts
  • providing certified proof of identity
  • refresher courses if you are returning to teaching in NSW.

You may also need to do an English Language Proficiency Test if you trained as a teacher overseas.

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Working towards Proficient Teacher Accreditation?

Provisionally/conditionally accredited teachers need to be collecting and annotating evidence about how your practice meets the Proficient Teacher standards. This evidence needs to accompany your Accreditation Report, which is written and submitted by your supervisor. Your timeframe for achieving Proficient Teacher Accreditation is dependent upon your employment and provisional/conditional accreditation status.

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Maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation?

Teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher need to be logging professional development with BOSTES and submitting Maintenance of Accreditation Reports every five years if full time and every seven years if part-time.

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Interested in higher level accreditation?

Any teacher may apply for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Accreditation which recognise outstanding teaching practice. The rigorous application process requires you to submit extensive evidence how your practice meets the Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher standards. An online preliminary assessment of your application is available and strongly encouraged. Fees apply.

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