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Apply for provisional or conditional accreditation

Are you about to start teaching in NSW for the first time? Are you returning to work as a teacher in a NSW school after a break of five or more years? If so you must be accredited with NESA.

Depending on your academic qualifications, you will need to apply for Conditional or Provisional accreditation from NESA.

Watch the video below to see why new teachers think accreditation is important.

Conditional Accreditation

Conditional Accreditation is granted if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or at least 3 years of a 4 year undergraduate teaching degree.

To apply for Conditional Accreditation

  1. Set up on online account and complete all 10 steps and hit ‘submit’
  2. Then email NESA all of the following:
    • a certified (Justice of the Peace signed) copy of your academic qualifications, and
    • a certified (Justice of the Peace signed) copy of two different forms of identification eg: birth certificate, passport, drivers licence and marriage certificate if applicable.

Once Conditional Accreditation is granted you can work as a teacher while you complete your studies.

Moving from Conditional to Provisional Accreditation

You may move from Conditional to Provisional Accreditation if you can provide certified evidence that you have successfully completed your qualification to become a teacher within 12 months of the date of your Conditional Accreditation.

You will need to email a certified (Justice of the Peace signed) copy of your final transcript/s that indicates you have met all course requirements for award of the degree/s within 12 months of the date of your Conditional Accreditation.

Provisional Accreditation is granted if you:

  1. Set up an online account, complete all 10 steps and hit ‘submit’ (if you haven’t already done this as part of the Conditional Accreditation application process)
  2. Email NESA all of the following documents:
    • a certified (Justice of the Peace signed) copy of two different forms of identification eg: birth certificate, passport, drivers licence and marriage certificate if applicable (if you haven’t already done so as part of the Conditional Accreditation application process), and
    • a certified (Justice of the Peace signed) copy of all qualification/s showing you have met all course requirements for award of the degree(s). 

How long will the accreditation assessment take?

Once you have set up your online account and supplied all the necessary documentation, it usually takes 5-10 working days to complete the assessment. You will receive email advice from NESA about your Conditional or Provisional Accreditation.

This email will confirm the level of accreditation you have been granted. There will also be information about the subjects for which you meet the requirements for appointment to a permanent position in NSW public schools.

Literacy and Numeracy test

Students starting or completing a NSW teacher education course on or after the 1 July 2016 will need to have passed an approved literacy and numeracy test to be eligible for Provisional Accreditation.

Graduates who have not met this requirement before completing their course will need to make arrangements to sit for the national literacy and numeracy test as soon as possible.

These graduates will need to provide evidence of successfully passing the test to be eligible for Provisional Accreditation.

What is a certified photocopy?

A certified photocopy is a copy of the original document that has been certified as a true copy of the original by a Justice of the Peace.

Confirmation and payment of accreditation fee

NESA will send you a welcome email with more information on what accreditation means and your responsibilities as an accredited teacher. You will also receive an invoice for your annual accreditation fee.

Already registered in another state or territory?

If you hold current registration from another Australian teacher registration body, your registration may be recognised by NESA. You will still need to apply for Conditional or Provisional Accreditation in NSW. You can then apply to have your interstate registration recognised through a process called Mutual Recognition.

More information

Please call us on 1300 739 338 (within Australia) or email contactus@nesa.nsw.edu.au.

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