Gaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation

Gaining accreditation is the process by which you demonstrate quality teaching practice against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards). As a teacher on the journey to achieve Proficient Teacher accreditation, this information will provide you with an overview of what you need to know and how to access useful resources to help you on your way.

Proficient teacher accreditation

Gaining accreditation at Proficient Teacher focuses on building your core skills to reflect, analyse, develop and document classroom practice aligned with the Standards. This supports your professional growth and development as a teacher to ensure continual improvement of student outcomes.

Steps to gaining your accreditation:

1. Develop practice

  • Know the Standards
  • Collect and annotate evidence
  • Complete observation of practice

2. Finalise submission

  • Discuss your submission with your supervisor
  • Submit evidence and observation report

3. Decision process

  • Supervisor writes accreditation report
  • Declare you have read the report
  • TAA makes decision

The submission process is completed in your NESA online account (eTAMS).

You can view your accreditation due date by accessing eTAMS

Your NESA number can be found in:

  • MyPL – go to ‘My Learning Transcript’ and
  • your NESA card

The timeframe to gain Proficient Teacher accreditation is:

Additional information is available for teachers employed on a casual basis.

To gain Proficient Teacher accreditation you must:

  • demonstrate that your practice meets the Standards for Proficient Teacher
  • submit 5-8 pieces of annotated evidence addressing at least one Standard Descriptor from each of the seven Standards
  • complete a mandatory observation of practice conducted by your accreditation supervisor
  • if conditionally accredited, provide a certified copy of your transcript as evidence of completion of your teacher education program
  • pay the annual accreditation fee
  • hold a current NSW Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance
  • follow the formal process in applying for Proficient Teacher accreditation.

Note: ensure your TAA information is up to date on eTAMS..

To assist with evidence selection, use NESA’s Proficient Teacher Support Document and NESA’s Proficient Teacher Evidence Guide.

The snapshot table outlines the specific requirements to gain accreditation. Find a print-ready version of the snapshot here: Snapshot: requirements for gaining accreditation (PDF 89KB).

If you are seeking to gain Proficient Teacher accreditation, you need to ensure that your Teacher Accreditation Authority (TAA) information is up to date on eTAMS..

Follow the steps on NESA’s guide to updating employment to identify your current workplace and ensure your TAA details are correct.

As the TAA, your principal will be responsible for deciding whether you meet the requirements for accreditation at Proficient Teacher level. Your TAA will make their decision based on your annotated evidence as well as your supervisor’s observation report and accreditation report.

Accreditation supervisor

An accreditation supervisor may be allocated to help facilitate support to assist you in achieving Proficient Teacher accreditation. The principal may act as both your supervisor and TAA.

You and your supervisor will discuss the support you may need. They will also complete your mandatory observation of practice and write your accreditation report.

Working in multiple schools

If you work across multiple schools, you can nominate which school will support your accreditation. The most appropriate TAA is usually the principal of the school where most of your work is undertaken. You should then establish a relationship with the appropriate school leaders to support your accreditation.

NESA will review this on case-by-case basis if required

Your evidence demonstrates that your practice meets the Standards for Proficient Teacher. This can be collected from different schools. If you work across multiple schools it is recommended that you have your evidence authenticated by colleagues in each school as you collect it.

Authentication does not validate the quality of your work or whether it demonstrates the Standards. It verifies that the evidence is your own work, which will assist your TAA in their review.

As your evidence is collected, it can be authenticated electronically by a colleague at the school, nominated through eTAMS. Evidence authenticated in hardcopy must be signed, dated and include the NESA account number of the authenticator.

You can apply to NESA for an extension if you have had limited opportunities to meet the requirements during your maximum timeframe. This can be done in eTAMS.

You may apply to NESA for an extension on the following grounds:

  • childcare responsibilities
  • home or carer responsibilities
  • illness or misadventure
  • undertaking further teaching-related study
  • other appropriate professional or individual circumstances, including changing from full-time to part-time or casual employment.

You should apply to NESA no less than three months before the end of your maximum timeframe.

If you are taking leave from teaching, you can apply for a leave of absence from your accreditation. A leave of absence can be granted for a period of 6 months up to 5 years.

Some examples of when you may consider applying for a leave of absence include:

  • maternity leave;
  • long-term sick leave; or
  • extended leave (previously long service leave).

You cannot teach in any NSW school or preschool while on a leave of absence and your annual fees may not apply.

You can apply for leave through eTAMS. For past leave, you can submit a retrospective leave of absence application via email to NESA – Retrospective NESA Leave of Absence application.

Further to the resources listed in the Department’s Accreditation at Proficient Teacher Procedures (PDF 406.17KB), other ways to seek support include:

For any questions about your teacher accreditation, contact NESA on 1300 739 338 or send an email to

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