Get accredited

Everything you need to know about getting accredited to teach in NSW. Information on how to apply for current NSW teacher education students, graduates, international or interstate-trained teachers and teachers returning to the profession.

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Check out our new Maintain accreditationGet accredited, Manage your accreditation and Support a teacher sections. More accreditation information is available on the existing NESA website.

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First-time accreditation

Apply for first-time accreditation in NSW if you are a current teacher education student, graduate, or interstate or overseas-trained teacher.



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Working as a teacher in NSW

All teachers must be accredited to work in a NSW school or centre-based early childhood service. Learn about the requirements for getting accredited.

ID requirements

Learn what identification you need to apply for accreditation and re-accreditation, documents we can accept, who can certify copies and how to submit them.


How to apply for re-accreditation to teach in NSW if you voluntarily cancelled your accreditation, or had your accreditation ceased or revoked.

Suitability to teach

Learn what NESA does to assess a person's suitability to teach in NSW, including how we conduct criminal history checks.

Voluntary accreditation

Understand how voluntary accreditation may apply to you if you are a non-school or service-based teacher. 

Learn more about accreditation

Stay informed with NESA newsletters

Subscribe to NESA newsletters for all the latest news, media releases and official notices. 


Contact our teacher accreditation team

You can contact specialist teacher accreditation staff depending on your circumstances.

Call: 1300 739 338 or if you are calling from overseas +61 2 9268 6300

Stay connected

Keep in touch by following NESA on social media.

For more information on how to contact a specific team or make a complaint, visit NESA's contact us page.

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