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Overseas teachers

To start working as a teacher in NSW you need to be accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authortiy, NESA (previously BOSTES). To be accredited to teach in a NSW school, overseas trained teachers must hold recognised qualifications and may also be required to pass an English language proficiency test. You need to complete at least 10 hours of Refresher Courses in your first year of provisional accreditation.

How does accreditation work

To start or return to working as a teacher in a NSW school, you must be provisionally or conditionally accredited with NESA. You must then achieve and maintain Proficient Teacher Accreditation. Higher levels of accreditation are also available to teachers who want to extend themselves professionally and be recognised for stand-out achievements.

More about the NSW accreditation system

Apply for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation

Checking your qualifications

To be accredited by NESA to teach in a NSW school, interstate and overseas trained teachers must hold equivalent qualifications and meet the same requirements for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation as graduates of accredited NSW teaching degrees.

Check your qualifications

Get your documents translated

As part of your application for Provisional or Conditional Accreditation, overseas trained teachers need to provide certified copies of any original language documents (such as your qualifications and proof of identity) as well as certified copies of a translation of those documents.

How to get your documents translated

Do an English language proficiency test

You may receive advice that you need to successfully complete an approved English language proficiency test to be provisionally or conditionally accredited.

More about completing an English test

Complete 10 hours of Refresher Courses

If you are a returning or overseas teacher you need to complete at least 10 hours of Refresher Courses in your first year of provisional accreditation.

More about Refresher Courses

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Working as an exchange teacher

Many teachers from overseas come to NSW to work as a school teacher as part of an exchange program. To work as an exchange teacher in NSW you need to be provisionally or conditionally accredited by NESA.

More about working as an exchange teacher in NSW

How to find work as a NSW teacher

Once you have been provisionally or conditionally accredited by NESA, you need to apply for employment with your employer of choice. You will be required to provide your employer with evidence of your Provisional or Conditional Accreditation.

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