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Working as a teacher in NSW

Great teachers inspire students, and can make significant differences to young people’s lives. To start or return (after a break of five years or more) to work as a teacher in NSW you need to be accredited by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

How does accreditation work?

Accreditation supports quality teaching, recognises the invaluable role teachers play in the community, helps train and develop teachers and improves student learning outcomes. To start or return to work as a teacher in a NSW school, you must be provisionally or conditionally accredited by BOSTES. You must then achieve and maintain Proficient Teacher Accreditation. Higher levels of accreditation are also available to teachers who want to extend themselves professionally and be recognised for stand-out achievements. Teachers who have worked in NSW since before 1 October, 2004, and have not had a break from teaching in NSW of more than five years, do not currently need to be accredited. From 1 January 2018, all teachers will need to be accredited to continue, return to or start teaching in a NSW school. 

More information for pre-2004 school teachers  

Read how accreditation currently works

Become a teacher in NSW

Great teachers inspire students to achieve learning outcomes that prepare them for success in work and life.  BOSTES supports the training of quality teachers by accrediting teaching degrees. BOSTES also provisonally or conditionally accredits teachers by assessing the qualifications of any teacher who is seeking to be employed as a teacher in NSW.

Read what you need to do to become a teacher and find an accredited degree in NSW

Information for interstate teachers 

If you are from interstate and wish to teach in NSW, you need to be provisionally or conditionally accredited first.

You can apply for provisional or conditional accreditation by creating an online account, completing the online form and posting the relevant documents including evidence you hold full teacher registration in another Australian state or territory.

Your documentation will then be assessed and you will be sent email confirmation of your provisional or conditional accreditation. You can then apply for teaching positions in NSW.

We will then confirm your current full teacher registration with the relevant teacher registration authority and your status will be changed to Proficient Teacher (Full Registration). You will receive an email and a letter confirming this.

If you are an interstate graduate who is not yet registered in any Australian state or territory, you will need to complete the same accreditation process as NSW graduates.

View the step-by-step guide for interstate teachers

Information for teachers from overseas

If you are from overseas and wish to teach in NSW, you need to have your academic qualifications assessed, and be provisionally or conditionally accredited by BOSTES. You may also need to do an English language proficiency test before you can be accredited by BOSTES.

Information for overseas teachers

Returning to teaching after an absence

If you haven’t worked as a teacher in NSW for 5 years or more, and would like to return to teaching, you will need to become provisionally or conditionally accredited by BOSTES. Accreditation is mandatory for all teachers in NSW who started teaching from 1 October 2004, or have had a break from teaching in NSW of more than 5 years.

Information for returning teachers

Complete 10 hours of Refresher Courses

If you are a returning or overseas teacher you need to complete at least 10 hours of Refresher Courses in your first year of provisional accreditation.

More about Refresher Courses

Find work as a teacher in NSW

Once you have your been conditionally or provisionally accredited by BOSTES, you can apply for employment as a teacher in NSW with either the Department of Education, which is the public school system, or in Catholic schools or independent schools.

More about finding work as a teacher in NSW