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Guidelines for Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAAs) at Proficient Teacher

TAAs are responsible for accrediting teachers using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. TAAs accredit teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher and decide whether a teacher continues to maintain their Proficient Teacher accreditation.

TAAs can suspend or revoke a teacher’s accreditation for failing to meet any of their accreditation requirements. A separate category of TAAs, known as TAAs (A/L) are responsible for making accreditation decisions at the voluntary higher levels of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher.

New regulatory process for approving TAAs

From 1 January 2016, BOSTES will introduce a new regulatory framework for approving TAAs for non-government schools and early childhood education centres to make accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher level.

The provisions of the BOSTES Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres apply from 1 January 2016. If at that time there are any differences between the TAA Guidelines and information published on the Teacher Accreditation website, the provisions of the TAA Guidelines will apply.

More about the new regulatory framework for the approval of TAAs 

Who is the TAA for my school?

The person appointed as TAA and TAA (A/L) varies between government, Catholic and independent schools.

More about who undertakes the TAA role

First stage in accreditation

To start or return to work as a teacher in a NSW school, teachers must be accredited with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

Accreditation for the first time

Authorise Proficient Teacher Accreditation

Provisionally or conditionally accredited teachers must achieve Proficient Teacher Accreditation within a set timeframe. TAAs are responsible for making the accreditation decision and submitting teachers' accreditation reports to BOSTES.  

How to authorise Proficient Teacher Accreditation 

Authorise Highly Accomplished/Lead Teacher Accreditation

Teachers applying for the voluntary levels of Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation must make a formal submission with multiple sources of evidence, including external observation. A separate category of TAAs, known as TAAs (A/L) review submissions and makes accreditation decisions at the higher levels, following advice from the Moderating and Consistency Committee (MCC). 

How to approve Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Accreditation

Read advice from the MCC

Advice based on analysis of more than 100 submissions, is available for TAAs (A/L) authorising higher level accreditaton.

View MCC advice for TAAs (A/L) 

Validate Professional Development (PD)

TAAs (or where delegated, principals or PD delegates) are responsible for validating Teacher Identified PD in the online account tool.

TAAs are typically responsible for authorising a new or returning teacher’s accreditation, and ensuring teachers maintain their accreditation by monitoring and validating completed PD, and that teachers are continuing to practice according to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (PDF).

How to validate PD

Approve maintenance of accreditation reports

Towards the end of every ‘maintenance of accreditation’ cycle, NSW teachers write a Maintenance of Accreditation Report. The TAA is responsible for making the accreditation decision and submitting the report to BOSTES.

How to approve maintenance reports

New to the role?

New TAAs need to formally register with BOSTES.

How to become a TAA

Update your TAA details

TAAs must advise BOSTES of any changes to roles within their organisation that may impact on accreditation decisions. This includes principals and TAA delegates, who require access to the online account tool. 

How to update TAA details