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Planning and validating Professional Development (PD)

Principals or nominated PD delegates can help teachers maintain their accreditation at all levels by supporting the planning of PD at the school and teacher level. You also need to ensure processes are in place in the school to validate Teacher Identified PD using the online teacher accreditation tool.

Things to consider

A teacher’s PD should reflect an overall professional learning objective that supports their goals and plans for maintaining accreditation against Standards. When planning PD, principals and PD delegates should:

  • Encourage feedback processes throughout the school to help teachers to identify their learning needs by determining student learning needs and school and system priorities.
  • Encourage teachers to understand the role of reflecting on and evaluating their PD as an active participant in their professional learning.

PD available in schools

Schools generally provide PD for teaching staff. This can be logged as Teacher Identified PD which includes relevant training, courses, workshops, action research, reflection activities, teacher observations and seminars etc which are not registered with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). These activities are valuable as they allow for recognition of activities teachers may have found useful in addressing the Standard Descriptors. The activities may be informal or formal, collaborative or individual. Alternatively schools can choose to run a PD course delivered by a QTC Registered PD provider.

Finding approved PD courses

To support teachers, and help with accreditation, BOSTES endorses training providers who run courses that are in line with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Training providers undergo a rigorous endorsement process to deliver QTC Registered courses

 To review a list of QTC Registered courses:

  1. Log in to the online account tool
  2. Go to Principal > Professional Development > Courses Lookup

Schools can apply to become  endorsed as a PD provider

Validating PD

Principals/PD delegates/TAA’s need to make sure that any Teacher Identified PD has been validated through the online account tool. This includes PD organised by the school (that is non-registered), or examples of teachers choosing to reflect on their teaching practice, plan their professional learning, observe a colleague’s lesson or attend an presentation or seminar, for example at a Museum or Art Gallery.

Teachers accredited at the levels of Highly Accomplished Teacher and Lead Teacher have an additional requirement under Teacher Identified professional development to complete at least 20 hours of Professional Commitment activities. Professional Commitment refers to the responsibility of the teacher accredited at a higher level to support the professional development and practice of colleagues in a teacher’s school and wider community.

Examples of Professional Commitment activities are (the list is not exhaustive):

  • mentoring and/or coaching teachers, supervising pre-service teachers including interns
  • leading professional development, leading educational forums in the school, or professional teaching associations or networks
  • developing and implementing projects, including research in their school and the wider education community
  • writing for publications that contribute to professional knowledge and discussion for teachers.

What does validating PD mean?

When a teacher completes any PD (both QTC Registered and Teacher Identified) it must be recorded and also validated on the online account tool. Course providers validate QTC Registered PD (PD delivered by endorsed training providers), and TAAs, principals or PD delegates validate Teacher Identified PD, including Professional Commitment activities.

How do principals validate PD?

Log in to the online account tool.

Click on either the ‘Principal, Delegate or TAA’ tab and select the ‘Professional Development’ box.

To view any outstanding teacher entries click on the ‘Identified PD Approvals’ option. This will give you a list of Teacher Identified activities (including Professional Commitment activities) that need to be approved.

After reading the information entered by teachers, you may click either 'yes' or 'no'. 'Yes' will validate the activity.

Select submit when you have finished.

NB: It is important that the teacher you are validating has up-to-date employment details that link to your school – otherwise their name will not be listed.

The School Principals and PD Delegates Guide to PD (PDF 282 KB) provides information about the monitoring and validation of Teacher Identified PD.

What else do principals need to know about validating Proficient Teacher Accreditation?

Teachers who have been accredited at Proficient Teacher level need to participate in 50 hours of QTC Registered PD, and 50 hours of either Teacher Identified PD and/or QTC Registered PD over a 5 year period if full time, or 7 years if casual or part-time.

Teachers are also able to have any further undergraduate study or postgraduate study undertaken during their maintenance of accreditation period recognised by BOSTES. Teachers need to apply to BOSTES to have this study recognised.

The Advice for Maintaining Accreditation at Proficient Teacher level (PDF 219 KB) booklet provides teachers and principals with information about the maintenance of accreditation requirements and guides teachers in the use of the online account tool.

The Principals Guide - Maintaining accreditation at Proficient Teacher level (PDF 872 KB) provides principals with information about maintenance of accreditation requirements and guides principals in the use of the online account tool.

What are the requirements for maintaining Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation?

Teachers need to continue to demonstrate competent teaching practice. This 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:

  • at least 20 hours of QTC Registered PD.  Find a course
  • at least 80 hours of Teacher Identified PD - of which 20 hours should consist of Professional Commitment activities.

Record PD

The 100 hours of professional development must also meet particular Standard Descriptors for Proficient Teacher from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers  (PDF 2.2 MB).

These include:

All descriptors in Standard 6

At least one descriptor from Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7

More information

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