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Accreditation continuously develops teachers. Maintaining accreditation by participating in high quality professional development (PD) is essential for teachers to improve their teaching practice. Teacher accreditation and its maintenance is your responsibility and a condition of your employment in any NSW school or approved early childhood education and care service. It happens over a set five year period for full time teachers and 7 years for part-time or casual teachers.

Be proactive and communicate regularly

Whether you are a school teacher or an early childhood teacher (ECT), it is important to discuss your PD preferences and goals with your colleagues, school principal or management representative (for ECTs) and NESA (as TAA for early childhood teacher).

Your principal or Teacher Accreditation Authority (TAAs or TAA (A/L) may have a PD plan for your service, school or network of schools related to each of the career stages of accreditation.

Early childhood teachers, may be able to discuss PD requirements with relevant management representatives for your service and NESA (the TAA for early childhood teachers).

Maintaining teacher accreditation at specific career stages

To maintain accreditation at specific career stage you need to:

Find out more on the requirements for maintaining accreditation at the career stage of:

Keep focused on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers include seven Standards outlining what teachers should know and be able to do.

To maintain accreditation you need to continue to demonstrate how you are meeting the relevant career stage Standard Descriptors’ through your teaching practice, at either:

  • mandatory, Proficient Teacher level
  • voluntary, Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher level.

Complete your PD then write and submit your maintenance report

Teachers need to undertake 100 hours of PD to meet the maintenance requirements at their relevant career stage.

More about the types of PD which count towards your 100 hours.

At the end of a maintenance cycle, you are required to write and submit a Maintenance of Accreditation Report specific to your career stage at either the:

  • Mandatory Proficient Teacher level
  • Voluntary Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher level.

This report should demonstrate how your classroom practice has reflected the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers over the period of your maintenance cycle.

Review templates and report writing tips.

Record and validate your PD achievements

When you complete any professional development (both NESA Registered and Teacher Identified) you need to make sure it has been recorded and also validated.

Record your PD.

Check your PD is validated.

Pay your annual fee

NESA supports great teaching through overseeing a system of accreditation which helps train and develop teachers to improve student learning outcomes. Accreditation celebrates quality teaching and inspirational teachers and safeguards the the teaching profession.

Paying your annual fee is a condition of accreditation, and therefore employment as a teacher in a NSW school.

Your annual tax deductible fee covers the full calendar year, and can be put on hold if you are taking extended leave.

More about fees.

Maintenance at Proficient Teacher level

Maintenance of accreditation process ensures you continue to meet the Standards at Proficient Teacher. This involves completing 100 hours of PD. More about the types of PD which count towards your 100 hours.

The 100 hours of PD must also meet particular Standard Descriptors for Proficient Teacher from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST), to include:

  • all descriptors in Standard 6
  • at least one descriptor from Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.

Meeting specific Standard Descriptors at Proficient Teacher level from the APST is a requirement for all teachers at Proficient level including early childhood teachers.

Interim arrangements for early childhood teachers

There's an interim arrangement in place for early childhood teachers who were accredited at Proficient Teacher before 1 October 2016 to meet the 100 hour requirement for your initial maintenance cycle.

More information maintaining proficient teacher accreditation for early childhood teachers.

School teacher accredited at Professional Competence (NSW Standards) prior to 1 May 2008

PC Accreditation Date
Teacher Identified PD
NESA Registered PD

1 January 2006 – 31 December 2006

80 hours

20 hours

1 January 2007 – 31 December 2007

70 hours

30 hours

1 January 2008 – 30 April 2008

60 hours

40 hours

1 May 2008 onwards

50 hours

50 hours

Maintenance at Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher level

For school teachers accredited at Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher level, the 100 hours may include:

Your 100 hours of professional development must also meet particular Standard Descriptors for Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher level from the APST (PDF 2.2 MB).

These include:

  • All descriptors in Standard 6
  • At least one descriptor from Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.

Other resources

Details, on the professional development framework on which the maintenance of accreditation policy was developed, are in the Professional Learning Policy (PDF 894 KB).

More information on the requirements and processes around maintenance of accreditation at specific career stages can be found in:

More information

If you have a question please email on contactus@nesa.nsw.edu.au or phone us on 1300 739 338 (within Australia).

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