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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 5 year period for full time teachers and 7 years for part-time or casual teachers

Maintaining your accreditation involves you:

•    continuing to demonstrate teaching practice specific to your APST  career stage
•    meeting particular Standard Descriptors,
•    doing 100 hours of professional development (PD)
•    keeping your accreditation details and fees up to date with NESA
•    submitting a report before the end of each maintenance cycle.

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).

PD aligned to school/service goals

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.

PD for early childhood teachers

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). Communicate your intentions through a professional learning plan or professional discussion with the appropriate person.  Seeing where your goals align with your school or service provides provides context for your professional learning. 

More on early childhood teacher maintaining accreditation

Requirements to maintain teacher accreditation at specific career stages

To maintain teacher accreditation at Proficient Teacher, Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher levels, you need to continue to:
•    demonstrate competent teaching practice at the relevant APST career stage level
•    submit a report at the end of each cycle that reflects competent teaching practice
•    complete at least 100 hours of PD over a set period (five years for full-time and seven years for part-time or casual teachers).

Maintenance at Proficient Teacher level

For school teachers the 100 hours of PD may include:
•    at least 50 hours of NESA Registered PD. 
•    50 hours of Teacher Identified PD or NESA Registered PD
•    further undergraduate, postgraduate or TAFE study (this type of PD can fulfil all requirements relating to hours).

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Your selection of NESA Registered PD can be from Proficient Teacher, Highly Accomplished Teacher or Lead Teacher career stages.

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.

Note: Meeting specific Standard Descriptors at Proficient Teacher level from the APST is a requirement for all teachers at Proficient level including early childhood teachers. (Refer to Interim arrangements for early childhood teachers below)

Interim arrangements for early childhood teachers

As an interim arrangement for early childhood teachers who were accredited at Proficient Teacher before 1 October 2016, the 100 hour requirement for your initial maintenance cycle will be:
•    at least 20 hours of NESA Registered PD
•    80 hours of NESA Registered or Teacher Identified PD.

Your selection of NESA Registered PD can be from Proficient Teacher, Highly Accomplished Teacher or Lead Teacher career stages.

More information on early childhood teachers maintenance of accreditation 

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

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.

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 

Write and submit your maintenance report

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 

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 

Talk to NESA if you have any questions

NESA can give you advice about identifying courses relevant to your teaching practice.  We also regularly collect information about what PD you might be interested in to help us source providers of PD. Suggestions are welcome.

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:
•    Maintenance of Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Policy (PDF 448) KB) 
•    Maintenance of Accreditation at Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Policy (PDF 170 KB) 

More information

If you have a question please e-mail or phone us on 1300 739 338 (within Australia).

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