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Proficient Teacher Accreditation 

Research confirms that quality teachers are fundamental to improving student learning outcomes. Proficient Teacher accreditation is a structured induction to teaching practice, designed to support new teachers strengthen their classroom knowledge and skills. It provides a clear framework to help build and enhance your teaching ability.

Proficient teacher level accreditation is mandatory for:

  • teachers looking for ongoing employment upon returning to the workforce, after being away for 5 years or more 
  • all teachers in NSW who are provisionally or conditionally accredited

How it works 

Becoming accredited at Proficient Teacher level involves consistently demonstrating you are meeting the Standard Descriptors at Proficient Teacher outlined in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and collecting evidence of your practice.

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Key roles and responsibilities 

Accreditation at Proficient Teacher is mandatory and is your responsibility. A planned methodical approach can help ensure you complete the requirements within the set timeframe. Establishing good communication with your supervisor and school principal/service director is highly encouraged. They are key people with important roles in the Proficient Teacher accreditation process. 

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Collecting and annotating evidence samples of your work 

Focusing on practice that demonstrates the Standard Descriptors at Proficient Teacher level, encourages you to reflect constructively on your teaching and guide your choice of evidence samples to be collected as part of your accreditation. When you are ready to submit your Accreditation Report, choose the evidence samples that you want to be included with your submission and ensure they are appropriately annotated.  

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Finalising your submission: The Accreditation Report

The final step to getting accreditation at Proficient Teacher level involves the submission of an Accreditation Report.  Your supervisor writes this report when they see you are consistently demonstrating the Standards Descriptors. With samples of your annotated evidence, the Accreditation Report is submitted to the Teacher Accreditation Authority (TAA).  Once the TAA has made the decision about your accreditation, the Accreditation Report and evidence are sent to the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).  

More about the Accreditation Report and download a template

Find a course to support your learning

As a provisionally or conditionally accredited teacher working towards Proficient Teacher accreditation, you are expected to participate in professional learning, however there is no requirement or capacity for you to log the hours of PD you undertake. This occurs once you have achieved and are maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation. 

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Cut off dates for achieving accreditation

Once you have been granted Provisional or Conditional Accreditation, Proficient Teacher Accreditation must be achieved within a set timeframe. Timeframes vary depending on your employment, so it is important you keep your information up to date on your online account. Applications for extensions can be made under limited circumstances.

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I have been ceased

If you do not achieve Proficient Teacher Accreditation by your due date you will cease to be accredited and will not be able to teach in a NSW school/service.  You may apply for a single, two-year period of re-accreditation.

More about applying for re-accreditation