Answering your questions
From 1 January 2018, all teachers must be accredited to continue, return to or start teaching in a NSW school. This is a new requirement for pre-2004 teachers.
Who is a pre-2004 teacher?
A pre-2004 teacher may be referred to as an ‘existing teacher’. A pre-2004 teacher started teaching in a NSW school before 1 October 2004 and has not had a break from teaching for five or more years. Pre-2004 teachers were not previously required to be accredited.
Which pre-2004 teachers will need to be accredited?
All teachers working in a NSW school including:
- full-time, part-time and casual classroom teachers
- executive teachers
- teachers who may teach outside the classroom, such as teacher librarians and teacher careers advisors.
How will the process for accrediting pre-2004 teachers work?
NESA (previously BOSTES), the Department of Education, the Catholic Education Commission NSW and the Association of Independent Schools of NSW have worked together to develop a simple, three-step process for awarding Proficient Teacher Accreditation to pre-2004 teachers. The process will recognise your skills, knowledge and expertise meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher.
Do I need to do anything now?
Employers will be facilitating the first step involving Working With Children Checks and registering teachers’ details with NESA (previously BOSTES) during 2016 and 2017. Please follow your employer’s instruction regarding your Working With Children Check process.
Will there be a cost?
Payment of an annual fee (currently $100) is a condition of accreditation.
You will be invoiced in late 2017 for the 2018 calendar year. The annual accreditation fee is payable for each year you actively teach.
The fee is payable upon receipt of an invoice from BOSTES. The invoice will be posted to your home address.
What if my qualification isn’t on the current list of accredited teaching degrees?
The existing qualifications of all pre-2004 teachers will be recognised. This includes an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline and/or a teaching qualification.
No pre-2004 teacher will need to upgrade their qualifications to be accredited.
What is the date of accreditation for pre-2004 teachers?
From 1 January 2018, all teachers need to be accredited to continue, return to or start teaching in a NSW school.
What if I started teaching before 1 October 2004 but have taken a break from teaching in the meantime?
As long as your break has not been longer than five years, you can be accredited at Proficient Teacher. This accreditation scheme for pre-2004 teachers is open until 31 December 2022.
What if I am not accredited?
If you are teaching or intend to teach after 1 January 2018, you must be accredited.
Do non-school based teachers need to be accredited?
Pre-2004 teachers working in non-school based positions can apply for voluntary accreditation (eg school counsellors, those working for a union, professional association, as an initial teacher education lecturer, or in an administrative role within the education sector).
Do pre-2004 teachers in non-teaching roles within schools (eg school principals) need to be accredited?
School principals and executive teachers are responsible for curriculum and assessment and make decisions about the accreditation of teachers in their school. It is critical that principals and executive teachers are accredited to provide leadership in quality teaching practice.
Do teachers in other states and territories need to be accredited/registered?
Yes. Accreditation/Registration is compulsory for teachers in all other states and territories. Until now, NSW was the only jurisdiction which did not require all teachers to be accredited. Accreditation at Proficient Teacher (or Full Accreditation) in NSW is equivalent to full registration as a teacher in other states and territories.
What are the requirements for maintaining accreditation at Proficient Teacher?
Accredited teachers are required to maintain their accreditation in five-year (for full-time teachers) or seven-year (for casual or part-time teachers) cycles. For those accredited at Proficient Teacher, this involves:
- completing 100 hours of professional development linked to the Standard Descriptors of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and
- submitting a Maintenance of Accreditation Report at the end of each cycle.
How will accreditation requirements help to support teacher performance?
Accreditation requirements for all NSW teachers have been introduced to ensure quality and consistency across all NSW schools. To maintain accreditation at Proficient Teacher, teachers will need to show their practice continues to meet the Standard Descriptors at proficient teacher level in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.