How to maintain accreditation

Understand the requirements for maintaining accreditation at proficient, highly accomplished and lead teacher career stages.

Once accredited, teachers are required to maintain their accreditation in an ongoing way in their career stage. The snapshot table outlines the requirements for teachers to maintain accreditation at proficient, highly accomplished and lead teacher career stages.

Find a print-ready version of the snapshot here: Maintaining accreditation snapshot table (PDF 106KB)

Snapshot: requirements to maintain accreditation

Proficient Highly accomplished Lead

Timeframe

   

Teachers accredited at Proficient teacher stage are required to maintain accreditation. Permanent full time teachers maintain accreditation in 5 year cycles.

Part time and casual teachers have 7 year cycles to maintain their accreditation.

Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation at Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead Procedures.

NESA Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation Policy (2018), Section 5, page 8.

Teachers accredited at the Highly Accomplished teacher stage, who are full time, maintain accreditation in 5 year cycles.

Part time and casual teachers have 7 year cycles to maintain their accreditation.

NESA Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation Policy (2018), Section 5, page 8.

Teachers accredited at the Lead teacher stage, who are full time, maintain accreditation in 5 year cycles.

Part time and casual teachers have 7 year cycles to maintain their accreditation.

NESA Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation Policy (2018), Section 5, page 8.

Required professional development

   

Teachers complete a minimum of 100 hours of professional development at or above Proficient Teacher including:

  • a minimum of 50 hours of NESA registered Professional Development
  • Teacher Identified Professional Development (TIPD).

Proficient Teachers must evaluate their NESA Registered Development and record their TIPD in their NESA online account.

NESA Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation Policy (2018) Section 4.2, pages 5-7.

Teachers complete 100 hours of professional development at or above Highly Accomplished including:

  • a minimum of 20 hours of NESA Registered Professional Development at Highly Accomplished and Lead
  • Teacher Identified Professional Development (TIPD)
  • a minimum of 20 hours of professional commitment activities that support the professional development and practice of colleagues, such as: mentoring teachers, supervising teacher education students, provisional/ conditional teachers or Proficient Teachers, leading Professional Development, developing and implementing projects, and writing for publications.

Highly Accomplished Teachers must evaluate their NESA Registered Professional Development and record their TIPD/ professional commitment activities in their NESA online account.

NESA Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation Policy (2018) Section 4.2, pages 5-7.

Teachers complete 100 hours of professional development at Lead Teacher including:

  • a minimum of 20 hours of NESA Registered Professional Development at Lead
  • Teacher Identified Professional Development (TIPD)
  • a minimum of 20 hours of professional commitment activities that support the professional development and practice of colleagues, such as: mentoring teachers, supervising teacher education students, provisional/conditional teachers or Proficient Teachers, leading Professional Development, developing and implementing projects, and writing for publications.

Lead Teachers must evaluate their NESA Registered Professional Development and record their TIPD/professional commitment activities in their NESA online account.

NESA Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation Policy (2018) Section 4.2, pages 5-7.

Finalising maintenance of accreditation

   

To maintain accreditation teachers must:

  • demonstrate that their practice meets the Standards at Proficient
  • undertake applicable professional development requirements
  • pay the annual NESA accreditation fee
  • hold a current NSW Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance.

In the final 3 months of each maintenance cycle:

  • the teacher must declare in their NESA online account that they have maintained their practice at Proficient and completed all maintenance requirements
  • the principal/director must attest as to whether the teacher has maintained their practice against the Standards.

NESA Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation Policy (2018), Section 4 - 4.1.1, page 4.

To maintain accreditation teachers must:

  • demonstrate that their practice meets the Standards at Highly Accomplished
  • undertake applicable professional development requirements
  • pay the annual NESA accreditation fee
  • hold a current NSW Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance.

To maintain accreditation, Highly Accomplished teachers must be engaged in the delivery of curriculum and assessment.

In the final 3 months of each maintenance cycle:

  • Highly Accomplished teachers complete and submit the NESA Maintenance of Accreditation Report in their NESA online account
  • the principal and director verify whether the teacher's report accurately reflects their practice and if their performance is satisfactory.

NESA Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation Policy (2018): Section 4 - 4.1.2, page 9.

To maintain accreditation teachers must:

  • demonstrate that their practice meets the Standards at Lead
  • undertake applicable professional development requirements
  • pay the annual NESA accreditation fee
  • hold a current NSW Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance.

To maintain accreditation, Lead teachers must be engaged in the delivery of curriculum and assessment.

In the final 3 months of each maintenance cycle:

  • Lead teachers complete and submit the NESA Maintenance of Accreditation Report in their NESA online account
  • the principal and director verify whether the teacher's report accurately reflects their practice and if their performance is satisfactory.

NESA Maintenance of Teacher Accreditation Policy (2018): Section 4 - 4.1.2, page 9.

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Other resources

  • NESA - NSW Education Standards Authority (opens in a new window)
  • AITSL - Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (opens in a new window).
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