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Guide to accreditation

From 1 January 2018, every teacher in NSW needs to be accredited to teach in a school or early childhood service.

Accreditation guides your ongoing development as a teacher in line with quality standards. It involves a simple step by step process.

How do I get accredited?

To work as a teacher in a NSW school, you must first be provisionally or conditionally accredited by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

If you worked as a teacher in NSW prior to 1 October 2004, and have not had a continuous break from teaching in NSW of more than five years, you are not currently required to be accredited.

From 1 January 2018, all NSW school teachers will need to be accredited to start, continue or return to teaching.

Find out what you need to do to be accredited and who’s involved.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST), describe what a teacher is expected to know and be able to do as a graduate, a Proficient Teacher, a Highly Accomplished Teacher and a Lead Teacher.

Details on the APST, the Standards and Standard Descriptors.

Why accreditation matters

  • Accreditation safeguards the quality of the teaching profession
  • Accreditation means teachers must have a teaching qualification, meet quality standards and keep up-to-date
  • Accreditation continuously develops teachers
  • Accreditation improves student achievement across NSW
  • Accreditation is building a collaborative, reflective and evidence based teaching culture
  • Accreditation celebrates quality teaching and inspirational teachers.

Accreditation safeguards the teaching profession by ensuring that the standards established in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers continue to be upheld.

Teacher accreditation requirements necessitate completion of a NESA accredited initial teacher education (ITE) program offered by Universities and higher education institutions.

More on why accreditation matters.

Annual payment of fees

Teachers in NSW pay an annual fee to support accreditation and ongoing professional development and training. Payment of the annual fee is a mandatory condition for accreditation. Currently the tax deductible fee is $100 and covers the calendar year.

Application fees also apply to higher levels of accreditation.

More on annual fees, how much and payment methods.

Taking a break from teaching

If you are a teacher having a break from teaching, going on maternity leave or planning to teach interstate or overseas, you can apply to put your NSW accreditation and fees on hold.

While you are on leave you cannot work as a teacher in NSW.

More details on taking a break from teaching.

Cessation of accreditation

Provisionally or conditionally accredited teachers are given a date by which to achieve Proficient Teacher Accreditation. In the event of not achieving Proficient Teacher Accreditation by that date, your accreditation will lapse preventing you from teaching in a NSW school/service. You may apply for a single, two year period of re-accreditation.

Find out more.

Voluntary cancellation of accreditation

From 1 January 2017, teachers can apply to voluntarily cancel their accreditation. A teacher can voluntarily apply to cancel their accreditation if they have left the profession or if they wish to return to a prior accreditation level (e.g Lead Teacher accredited teacher wishing to be at Proficient Teacher).

Details on voluntary cancellation of accreditation.

Revocation and suspension of accreditation

Changes to the rules for revoking and suspending a teacher’s accreditation will apply from 1 January 2017. An interim policy is in place and applies to:

  • all teachers accredited under the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004
  • Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAAs)
  • employers of teachers in schools and approved centre based early childhood services.

The NESA will have sole authority to cancel, revoke or suspend a teacher’s accreditation.

More on the rule changes and processes to cancel, revoke and suspend accreditation.

Great Teaching Inspired Learning (GTIL)

Following extensive research and consultation, the NSW Government in 2013 launched Great Teaching Inspired Learning- A Blueprint of Actions to improve teacher quality and student learning outcomes.

More on the GTIL.

Setting up an online account with NESA

Teachers, TAAs, supervisors, principals, PD delegates, referees, External Observers and endorsed professional development (PD) providers are required to create an online account and then regularly log- in, to complete accreditation and numerous other related tasks.

More on setting up an account.

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