What accreditation means for you
Accreditation celebrates quality teaching and inspirational teachers. It means that teachers must have a teaching qualification, meet quality standards and keep up to date.
It’s mandatory, from 1 January 2018 that all teachers need to be accredited by NESA (previously BOSTES) to start, continue, or return to teaching in a NSW school.
To start or return to work as a teacher in NSW, you must be provisionally or conditionally accredited. Then you will need to achieve and maintain Proficient Teacher Accreditation to continue to teach.
Pre-2004 school teachers
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 start, continue or return to teaching in a NSW school.
A simple 3 step process has been developed to for pre-2004 teachers to be accredited at the required level to comply with the mandatory requirements.
Casual or part-time teachers
Casual and part-time teachers in NSW have to meet the same accreditation requirements as fully employed teachers. Mandatory accreditation at Proficient teacher level has to be achieved within the additional time frame allocated to complete the requirements.
Early childhood teachers (ECT)
From 18 July 2016 all early childhood teachers were required to be accredited to work in an approved NSW early childhood education and care service or school.
Early childhood teachers (ECT) with approved, recognised childhood teaching qualifications should first apply to be provisionally accredited. Once provisionally or conditionally accredited, they need to work towards Proficient Teacher accreditation to be achieved over a set timeframe.
Interstate teachers wishing to teach in NSW need to be provisionally or conditionally accredited by NESA (previously BOSTES) as a first step. To start the application process, requires creating an online account, completing a form and providing documented evidence of teacher registration from another State or Territory.
Teachers from overseas wishing to teach in NSW, have to get their academic qualifications assessed, and be provisionally or conditionally accredited by NESA (previously BOSTES) first. You may also need to do an English language proficiency test before you can be accredited by NESA.
When considering teaching as a profession, there are a number of ways to become a primary or a high (secondary) school teacher in NSW.
Preparing quality teachers requires quality initial teacher education (ITE) programs. NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) accredits all teaching degrees. This includes setting pre-requisites for admission to four year degrees and graduate entry teaching degrees.
There are many higher education providers of teaching degrees in Australia. Future teachers need to find the right accredited program and choose one that suits their needs.
Find out more on choosing the right teaching degree.
Teachers returning to teach after a break of five years or more follow a similar accreditation process as new teachers, teachers from overseas or interstate. The first step is to apply for Provisional or Conditional accreditation.
Teachers returning to teach in NSW after five or more years away from teaching or coming to teach from overseas, have to complete a minimum number of hours of Refresher Courses in the first year of provisional accreditation.
Read more on Refresher Courses