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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 the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (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, are not currently required 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 for pre-2004 school teachers  

Apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation

The first step to being accredited is to apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation from BOSTES. This is done by creating an online account, completing the online form and posting us your certified academic qualifications and other supporting documents before you start applying for teaching positions. Along with your Provisional or Conditional Accreditation you will receive specific advice regarding the subjects for which you would be approved to teach on appointment to a permanent position in a NSW public school.

Get Provisional or Conditional Accreditation

Getting accreditation for the first time

Depending on your qualifications, you will be given either Provisional or Conditional Accreditation. Once you have been provisionally or conditionally accredited you can take up a teaching position and begin working. 

How to get accreditation for the first time

What are the accreditation levels for NSW teachers?

Quality teaching is central to improving student learning outcomes. Accreditation means a teacher has met the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at one of the 4 key career stages. To start or return to work as a teacher in a NSW school, you must be provisionally or conditionally accredited with 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. 

Review all accreditation levels and maintenance requirements