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Learn how to apply for Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES)

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 it works

NSW teachers who apply for accreditation with The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) at the Highly Accomplished Teacher level are invited to do an online preliminary assessment and follow with an evidence-based submission process, including external observation. Read what’s involved

Read advice from the Moderating and Consistency Committee

Advice based on analysis of more than 100 submissions, is available for teachers considering applying for higher level accreditaton.

View MCC advice

Do an online preliminary assessment

If you are applying for accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher level, you are invited to do an online preliminary assessment to assess your achievements and if you are ready to achieve this level of accreditation before you continue with your full application. This is not compulsory but strongly recommended. A fee applies. More about the online preliminary assessment

Develop your application

If you decide to proceed with your application for Highly Accomplished Teacher level, you will need to develop a cohesive body of evidence that supports your application and becomes part of your formal submission. This includes documentary evidence, reports from referees and a report from the external observer. Read advice on developing a strong application.

Submit your application online

NSW teachers applying for accreditation at Highly Accomplished Teacher level must submit their application online. It is important to check that all required documents, referee reports and the external observer report have also been submitted. Follow these steps to submit your application.