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Accreditation for current teachers

Quality teaching is central to improving student learning outcomes. To start or return to working as a teacher in NSW you must be accredited with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Accreditation means that a teacher has met the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at one of the 4 career stages.

Achieving at the various accreditation levels offers you a chance to progress professionally, access support and be recognised for your skills.

Pre-2004 school teachers

All teachers need to be accredited to continue, return to or start teaching in a NSW school from 1 January 2018.  The pre-2004 school teacher accreditation scheme enables Teacher Accreditation Authorities (usually your employer) to accredit you at the level of Proficient Teacher. 

Read more about accreditation for pre-2004 school teachers

Early childhood teachers

From 18 July all early childhood teachers need to be accredited to work in an approved NSW early childhood service. Your accreditation cannot be confirmed until you have submitted your documentation and application to BOSTES. Providers may continue employ early childhood teachers who are yet to be accredited.

More information for early childhood teachers

Get teacher accreditation for the first time

To start or return to work as a teacher in a NSW school you must be accredited with BOSTES.  Depending on your qualifications, you will be given either Provisional or Conditional Accreditation. 

How to get accreditation for the first time

How to get Proficient Teacher Accreditation         

Once you have Provisional or Conditional Accreditation, you must work towards mandatory Proficient Teacher level. Achieving this level supports teachers who are new to the classroom or returning after being away for 5 years or more. By working towards Proficient Teacher level, you get the opportunity to think constructively about your teaching, apply your analytical skills and strengthen your own performance. 

How to get Proficient Teacher Accreditation

How to maintain Proficient Teacher Accreditation

Once you have achieved Proficient Teacher Accreditation, you must maintain this status to continue working as a teacher in NSW. This involves participating in high-quality professional development (PD) that helps you continuously improve and maintain your teaching practice. You must complete the maintenance requirements over 5 years (if employed full-time) or 7 years (if employed part-time). 

How to maintain Proficient Teacher Accreditation

Applying for Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation

Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation recognises highly-skilled teachers who routinely work to improve their practice and are knowledgeable and active members of their school. Applicants typically have taken on roles that guide or advise others and regularly initiate and engage in discussions about effective teaching to improve the educational outcomes for their students. Accreditation at this level is voluntary.

How to apply for Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation

Maintaining Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation

Once you have successfully achieved Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation, you will need to maintain this level by undertaking professional development (which can include postgraduate study) and submitting a maintenance report at the end of a set timeframe.

How to maintain Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation

Applying for Lead Teacher Accreditation

Lead Teacher accreditation recognises exemplary teachers who have demonstrated consistent practice and are well-respected by colleagues, parents/carers and the community. Applicants typically represent the school and the teaching profession in the community and are known for initiating and leading activities that focus on improving educational opportunities for students and for inspiring colleagues to improve their own professional practice. Accreditation at this level is voluntary.

How to apply for Lead Teacher Accreditation

Maintaining Lead Teacher Accreditation

Once you have successfully achieved Lead Teacher Accreditation, you will need to maintain this level by undertaking professional development (which can include postgraduate study) and submitting a report at the end of a set timeframe.

Read how to maintain Lead Teacher Accreditation

Fees

NSW teachers pay an annual fee to support accreditation and ongoing professional development and training. Application fees also apply to higher levels of accreditation.

Information about fees

Guidelines for casual or part-time teachers

Casual and part-time teachers in NSW must be accredited with BOSTES at the same mandatory career stage of Proficient Teacher level, but are allocated additional time to achieve the requirements.

Information for casual and part-time teachers

Taking a break from teaching

If you are taking a break from teaching, going on maternity leave or planning to teach interstate or overseas, you should apply to put your NSW accreditation on hold.

How to apply for a leave of absence

Moving to NSW from another state or territory?

If you are from interstate you need to apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation to teach in NSW. If you hold full and current registration from another Australian teaching body, you can then apply to be recognised by BOSTES as holding Proficient Teacher AccreditationImportant: Teachers must apply for mutual recognition within 60 days of commencing work in NSW.

Information for interstate teachers

Keep your PD up to date

Engaging in professional development (PD) courses is a requirement for maintaining your accreditation at all levels. Endorsed providers may deliver QTC Registered Professional Development at one or more of the teacher accreditation levels.

Find a course

Record your PD

Check your PD is validated

Update your details

Moved or changed your name? Don't forget to let us know and to regularly log in to your online account to keep track of your accreditation details.

Read about accessing and updating your details