Professional Teaching Standards
Accreditation at Proficient Teacher / Professional Competence
In 2011, all states and territories in Australia agreed to implement nationally consistent practices to guide teachers’ preparation, induction, professional development and return to the profession. Central to this was the endorsement of the National Professional Standards for Teachers.
In NSW, the transition to the National Professional Standards for Teachers for mandatory levels of accreditation will occur during 2013 and 2014.
The Institute will continue to oversee the process of accreditation, in consultation with Teacher Accreditation Authorities across the state.
Gaining accreditation at Proficient teacher / Professional Competence
- Teachers who started teaching in NSW before 1 October 2012 may continue to use the NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Professional Competence, but will be expected to complete their accreditation process by the end of 2014.
- Teachers granted initial accreditation on or after 1 October 2012 will be required to use the National Professional Standards for Teachers – Proficient Teacher level.
For more information about the transition to the National Standards, see Accreditation Matters.
The similarity between the National and NSW standards will enable teachers currently working under the NSW Professional Teaching Standards to continue to develop their practice against a familiar framework.
The transition period will conclude at the end of 2014; all teachers currently working against the NSW Standards will need to ensure they have achieved Professional Competence by that date. Accreditation decisions in NSW from 2015 will be made using the National Standards.
All teachers accredited against the NSW Standards at the level of Professional Competence will be transferred to Proficient Teacher status from October 2013.
For the National Professional Standards for Teachers and information to support teachers seeking accreditation at Proficient Teacher, see here.
For the NSW Professional Teaching Standards and information to support teachers seeking accreditation at Professional Competence before the end of 2014, see here.
Maintenance of Accreditation at Proficient Teacher / Professional Competence
Teachers who are maintaining their Professional Competence or Proficient Teacher status should be aware of the following arrangements in transitioning to the National Standards:
- Teachers who achieved Professional Competence before 1 October 2012 with a maintenance period ending in 2013 will complete all maintenance of accreditation requirements against the NSW Standards. All subsequent maintenance periods will use the National Professional Standards for Teachers.
- Teachers who achieved Professional Competence before 1 October 2012, with a maintenance period ending in 2014 or later will use the NSW Standards at Professional Competence to log their Teacher Identified professional development during 2013, but will change to the Proficient Standards in 2014.
- Teachers who achieve Proficient Teacher (Professional Competence) on or after 1 October 2012 will undertake and record the required professional development and write the maintenance of accreditation report against the National Standards for Teachers – Proficient Teacher level.