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How it works

Maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation with The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) happens over a set 5 year period for full time teachers and 7 years for part-time or casual teachers. This involves continuing to demonstrate competent teaching practice, participating in at least 100 hours of professional development (PD), meeting particular Standard Descriptors, keeping your BOSTES membership up-to-date, and submitting a report before the end of each maintenance cycle.  Maintaining accreditation is a condition of your employment in any NSW school.

Be proactive and communicate regularly

You are responsible for maintaining your Proficient Teacher Accreditation from the day you are accredited at this level. Communicate regularly with your school about your PD preferences and career goals. Your school plays a big role in your PD.  Your principal or Teacher Accreditation Authority (TAA) may have a PD plan for your school or a network of schools. Communicating your intentions through a professional learning plan or professional discussion with the appropriate person in your school is an important part in this process. Seeing where your goals align with school priorities/focus provides context for your professional learning.

What are the requirements for maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation?

You need to continue to demonstrate competent teaching practice, which is reflected in a report submitted at the end of each cycle, and complete at least 100 hours of PD over a set 5 year period for full time teachers and 7 years for part-time or casual teachers. These 100 hours may include:

  • 50 hours of Teacher Identified PD or QTC Registered PD
  • further undergraduate or postgraduate study (this type of PD can fulfil all requirements relating to hours).

More about the types of PD which count towards your 100 hours

Your 100 hours of professional development must also meet particular Standard Descriptors for Proficient Teacher from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

These include:

  • all descriptors in Standard 6
  • at least one descriptor from Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7

NB:  Descriptors achieved can be from the Proficient, Highly Accomplished and/or the Lead Teacher levels.

Keep focussed on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers describes seven Standards outlining what teachers should know and be able to do. To maintain accreditation you need to keep demonstrating how you are meeting the Standards (at the Proficient Teacher level) through your classroom practice. Your PD also needs to reflect this. This information will be captured in your final report.

Were you accredited at Professional Competence (NSW Standards) before 1 May 2008?

If you were accredited at Professional Competence level before 1 May 2008, and you have been unable to complete 50 hours of Quality Teaching Council (QTC) Registered PD, the following breakdown of total hours of professional development applies.

PC Accreditation Date

Teacher Identified PD

QTC Registered PD

1 January 2006 – 31 December 2006

80 hours

20 hours

1 January 2007 – 31 December 2007

70 hours

30 hours

1 January 2008 – 30 April 2008

60 hours

40 hours

1 May 2008 onwards

50 hours

50 hours

Record and validate your PD achievements

When you complete any professional development (both QTC Registered and Teacher Identified) you need to make sure it has been recorded and also validated.

Record your PD or Check your PD is validated

Write and submit your maintenance report

When you reach the end of a maintenance cycle, you need to write and submit a Maintenance of Accreditation Report at Proficient Teacher Level. This report should demonstrate how your classroom practice has reflected the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers over the period of your maintenance cycle.

Review templates and report writing tips

The Advice for Maintaining Accreditation at Proficient Teacher level (PDF 219 KB) booklet provides teachers and principals with information about the maintenance of accreditation requirements and guides teachers in the use of the online account tool.

Pay your annual fee

BOSTES supports great teaching through overseeing a system of accreditation which helps train and develop teachers to improve student learning outcomes, further improves the status of the teaching profession, and recognises the invaluable role teachers play in the community. Paying your annual fee is a condition of accreditation, and therefore employment as a teacher in a NSW school. Your annual fee is tax deductible, covers the full calendar year, and can be put on hold if you are taking extended leave. More about fees.

Talk to BOSTES if you have any questions

BOSTES can give you advice about identifying courses relevant to your teaching practice. We also regularly collect information about what PD you might be interested in to help us source providers of PD. Suggestions are welcome.

More information

If you have a question please email or phone us on 1300 739 338 (within Australia).

Critical reading

Professional Learning Policy (PDF 894 KB)

Maintenance of Proficient Teacher Policy (PDF 673 KB)

Advice for Maintaining Accreditation at Proficient Teacher level (PDF 219 KB)