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Guide to accreditation

From 1 January 2018, you must be accredited to start, continue or return to teaching in a NSW school or early childhood service

Why does accreditation matter?

  • 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.

Being an accredited teacher means you have met the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) at one or more of the four career stages in teaching.

How do I get accredited?

The process for getting accredited differs depending on which stage in your professional career you are at.

Future teachers

Existing teachers

Returning teachers

Pre-2004 teachers

Casual or part-time teachers

Interstate teachers

Overseas teachers

Early Childhood Teachers (ECT)

How much does it cost?

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.

More on annual fees, how much and payment methods.

Need more information?

Teacher Accreditation Support Line

1300 739 338
If calling from overseas: +61 2 9268 6300
Fax: +61 2 8362 9098



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