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Accreditation for current teachers

Quality teaching is central to improving student and children's learning. To start teaching or return to working as a teacher in NSW you must be accredited with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). 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 Accreditation. 

Read more about accreditation for pre-2004 school teachers

Early childhood teachers

From 18 July 2016 all early childhood teachers were required to be accredited to work in an approved NSW early childhood education and care service or school.

More information for early childhood teachers

How to get Proficient Teacher Accreditation         

Once you have Conditional or Provisional Accreditation, you must work towards mandatory Proficient Teacher Accreditation. Achieving this level supports teachers who are new to teaching or returning to work as a teacher after five years or more. By working towards Proficient Teacher Accreditation, 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 level to continue working as a teacher in NSW. This involves participating in high-quality professional development (PD), which can include postgraduate study, that helps you to continuously improve and maintain your teaching practice. You must complete the maintenance requirements over five years (if employed full-time) or seven years (if employed part-time). 

How to maintain Proficient Teacher Accreditation

Information for early childhood teachers on maintaining 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 early childhood education and care service or school. Applicants have typically taken on roles that guide or advise others. They regularly initiate and engage in discussions about effective teaching to improve children and student learning. 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, families and the community. Applicants typically represent the teaching profession and their early childhood education and care service or school in the community. They are known for initiating and leading activities that advocate for the improvement of educational opportunities for children and 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 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

Getting teacher accreditation for the first time

To start teaching or return to work as a teacher in a NSW early childhood education and care service or school, you must be accredited. Early childhood teachers who started or returned to work from 1 October 2016 are required to be conditionally or provisionally accredited.

How to get accreditation for the first time

Fees

All accredited 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 at the same mandatory career stage of Proficient Teacher Accreditation, but are allocated additional time to achieve the requirements for their maintenance period.

Information for casual and part-time teachers

Taking a break from teaching

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

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 accreditation to teach in NSW. Once this is granted you are able to apply for teaching positions.

If you hold current full teacher registration from another Australian state or territory, you should provide evidence of this with your application for accreditation. This will then be verified by BOSTES who will provide you with email confirmation of your Proficient Teacher Accreditation (Full Registration).

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. Make sure you regularly log in to your online account to keep track of your accreditation details.

Read about accessing and updating your details