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How it works

Maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation happens over a five year period for full time and seven 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 accreditation fees 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 or approved early childhood education and care service.

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 teaching colleagues 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 service or school.

For early childhood teachers, discussions should occur with relevant management representatives for your service and BOSTES (the TAA for early childhood teachers). Communicating your intentions through a professional learning plan or professional discussion with the appropriate person is an important part in this process. Seeing where your goals align with priorities or focus for the school or service 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 period (five years for full-time and seven years for part-time or casual teachers). For school teachers the 100 hours may include:

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

Your selection of QTC Registered PD can be from Proficient Teacher, Highly Accomplished Teacher or Lead Teacher career stages.

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

In an interim arrangement for early childhood teachers who were accredited at Proficient Teacher before 1 October 2016 the 100 hour requirement for their initial maintenance cycle will be:

  • at least 20 hours of QTC Registered PD
  • 80 hours of QTC Registered or Teacher Identified PD.

Your selection of QTC Registered PD can be from Proficient Teacher, Highly Accomplished Teacher or Lead Teacher career stages. More information for early childhood teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher can be found here.

Your 100 hours of PD 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.

Keep focused on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

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

Were you a school teacher 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 PD applies.

PC Accreditation Date

Teacher Identified PD

BOSTES 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 PD (both QTC Registered and Teacher Identified) you need to make sure it has been recorded and 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 teaching practice has reflected the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers over the period of your maintenance cycle.

Advice on reporting requirements for early childhood teachers will be provided in early 2017.

Review templates and report writing tips

Pay your annual fee

BOSTES supports great teaching through overseeing a system of accreditation which helps teachers to improve student and child learning, 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 NSW teacher. 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 us if you have any questions

We can give you advice about identifying courses relevant to your teaching practice. We also regularly collect information on the PD teachers might be interested in to help us source providers of PD. Your suggestions are welcome.

More information

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

Further reading

Professional Learning Policy (PDF 894 KB)

Maintenance of Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Policy (PDF 448 KB)