How accreditation works
- Guide to accreditation
- Your accreditation
- Pre-2004 teachers
- Casual and part-time
- Early Childhood Teachers
- Interstate teachers
- Overseas teachers
- Future teachers
- Returning teachers
- Taking a break
- Voluntary cancellation of accreditation
- Cessation of accreditation
- Revocation and suspension of accreditation
- Your account
- Complete 10 hours of Refresher Courses
- Administering accreditation
- Supervisors/Principal/Service Providers
- Responsibilities when employing teachers
- Professional experience framework
- Download the professional experience framework
- Supervising provisional-conditional accredited teachers
- Checklist for supporting proficient teacher accreditation
- Proficient teacher report
- Supervisor report sample
- Verify maintenance of accreditation
- Plan and validate PD
- Supporting highly accomplished and lead teacher accreditation
- PD Delegates
- Initial Teacher Education
- Program accreditation requirements
- Transition to the revised standards
- Sharing final year student data
- Initial Teacher Education Committee
- Accredited teaching programs
- GTIL ITE reports
- Information sharing protocols
- Providing professional development
English language proficiency test
It is important that teachers are able to effectively communicate with students, colleagues and the broader education community on a daily basis.
Every overseas teacher must have completed (within the past two years) an approved English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) before they can start teaching in NSW.
This accreditation requirement does not however apply to teachers who completed their teacher education qualifications in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, the United States of America, New Zealand or Canada.
Recognised tests and results needed
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic)
- A minimum score of 7 is needed in reading and writing
- A minimum score of 8 is needed in speaking and listening.
This equates to an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR)
- A score of Level 4 is needed in all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, undertaken at approved testing sites where the assessment is teacher focused.
ELPT Preparation Courses
Approved Academic ELPT preparation courses are offered by a range of providers in NSW including NSW TAFE.
Course 1: Academic IELTS Preparation suitable for Overseas Trained Teachers
This is a subsidised Smart & Skilled full time course offered under the Certificate 3 in Advanced English for Further Study: National code: 10593NAT.
Duration: 1 semester
Course 2: Intensive Academic IELTS Preparation
This is taken by attending Saturday workshops or evening workshops. As these workshops require minimal numbers they will be offered on demand.
Course 3: ISLPR Test
The ISLPR Testing Centre will conduct a test in Sydney if there is sufficient demand.
For information on Randwick TAFE workshops contact Jane Lock, Head Teacher of Languages on (02) 9469 8574 or email email@example.com.
Western Sydney TAFE
For information on Western Sydney TAFE workshops contact Geraldine Ricci, Head Teacher of Languages on (02) 9208 1866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.