How does accreditation work?
Let's talk accreditation
"The professional standards will definitely assist my career,"
— Chelsea Helford, training to become a special ed teacher
Accreditation celebrates quality teaching and inspirational teachers. It safeguards the quality of the teaching profession to improve student achievement across NSW. To start or return to work as a teacher in a NSW school, you must be provisionally or conditionally accredited by NESA (previously BOSTES). You must then achieve and maintain Proficient Teacher Accreditation.
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. More on pre-2004 school teachers
From 1 January 2018, all teachers will need to be accredited to continue, return to or start teaching in a NSW school.
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.
Apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation
The first step to being accredited is to apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation from NESA. You have to apply and be accredited first before you start applying for teaching positions.
This steps to applying for provisional or conditional accreditation, are :
- create an online account with NESA
- complete the online form
- post us your certified academic qualifications and other supporting documents.
Once your application is assessed, you will receive advice from NESA on whether you receive a Provisional or Conditional accreditation. At the same time NESA will give you details on the subjects for which you would be approved to teach when you get a a permanent position in a NSW public school.