As a non-school based teacher (NSBT), your duties may be related to:

  • the development or implementation of the curriculum (including assessment and reporting) for preschool, primary and secondary education
  • the learning and wellbeing of school students or preschool children
  • curriculum teaching and learning in schools and preschools
  • educational consultation for schools and preschools.

You can continue to use the Performance and Development Framework and the Standards to guide your professional growth in your NSBT role.

Maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation

As a NSBT, it is highly reccommended that you maintain accreditation. Maintaining accreditation demonstrates commitment to continually develop and strengthen effective practice to enhance student learning and engagement.

During your maintenance period you need to:

  • demonstrate that your teaching practice continues to meet all of the Standards
  • complete and evaluate 100 hours of professional development (see below for more information)
  • plan, implement and review your PDP annually with the support of your supervisor
  • pay your accreditation fee by the due date each year
  • hold a current verified NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance
  • confirm in eTAMS that you have maintained your practice at Proficient and completed all requirements.

You can view your maintenance due date by accessing your NESA online account (eTAMS).

Your NESA number can be found in:

Important update from NESA

Are you an experienced teacher who was teaching before 1 October 2004 (pre-2004) and was accredited at Proficient Teacher on 1 January 2018? This information is for you.

  • Your first maintenance of accreditation period finished/finishes on:
    • 31 December 2022 if you are working full-time
    • 31 December 2024 if you are working casual or part-time.
  • If you have met the requirements for maintaining accreditation, you can submit your maintenance of accreditation at any time between:
    • January and December 2023 if you are working full-time
    • the start of Term 2 2024 and December 2025 if you are working casual or part-time.
  • Once your TAA makes a decision to accredit, your new maintenance period will begin.
  • Your PD hours will then count towards your new maintenance period.

It is possible to put your accreditation on hold by applying for a Leave of Absence (LOA). Whilst on a LOA you cannot teach in any NSW school or early childhood service and you do not pay annual fees.

Whilst on a LOA you can continue to accrue any PD hours undertaken, provided they align to the Standards and meet NESA’s criteria for elective PD. PD hours evaluated will count towards your current maintenance period.

To apply for a Leave of Absence log into your eTAMS account.

You will need to complete and evaluate 100 hours of professional development (PD) during each maintenance cycle:

  • NESA Accredited PD - minimum 50 hours
    This includes any course delivered through an endorsed provider across NESA’s identified priority areas and aligned to the Standards. You must evaluate the course in your NESA eTAMS account.

  • Elective PD - 50 hours
    This may include activities completed in or outside your school that contribute to your ongoing professional learning, such as educational leadership or mentoring. PD must meet NESA Elective PD criteria.

Two methods for logging Elective PD

Self-identified Elective PD

  1. Log in to your NESA eTAMS account.
  2. Select from the left-hand menu: Maintenance of Accreditation > Elective PD > Add Elective PD.
  3. Provide activity details.
  4. Select Add Elective Activity.


  1. Log in to your NESA eTAMS account.
  2. Select from the left-hand menu: Maintenance of Accreditation > Elective PD.
  3. Select any PD activity currently in draft status.
  4. Follow the prompts to log activity.
  5. Select Add Elective Activity.

For support evaluating PD visit NESA's website.

It is important to maintain your professional development hours and ensure your accreditation remains current in order to teach in any NSW school. For information on how to apply for reaccreditation, visit NESA’s website.

NESA’s maintenance of accreditation transition arrangements

If your maintenance cycle started before 29 November 2020 you must adhere to NESA's transition maintenance requirements.

  • If your accreditation was due from 2022 onward, you must complete at least one NESA Accredited PD course. The rest of your required hours need to meet NESA's Elective PD criteria.

For more details, read the Accumulate your professional development hours fact sheet (PDF 209KB) and NESA transition arrangements.

Learn more

If you have any questions about accreditation procedures within the department, contact the accreditation support team at

You can also contact NESA on 1300 739 338 or

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