Accreditation resource index

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) developed these resources to support teacher accreditation. Use this index to find resources in all areas of teacher accreditation, including procedures, forms and templates.

Get accredited

Find resources for getting accredited to teach in NSW, including the application for mutual recognition and principles for employers of Conditionally accredited teachers.

ResourceDescription
Applying for accreditation with NESA (PDF 227.41KB)Read this flyer for an overview of the steps graduate teachers must take to apply for Provisional or Conditional accreditation.
Principles for the employment of conditionally accredited teachers (PDF 158.66KB)Read these principles to learn how teacher education providers and employers can support Conditionally accredited teachers.

Apply for Proficient Teacher accreditation

Find out how to apply for Proficient Teacher accreditation, guides to help you demonstrate how the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards) apply to your practice and how to support a teacher applying.


Resources for applicants

ResourceDescription
Applying for Proficient Teacher accreditation procedure for K–12 teachers (PDF 165.47KB)K–12 teachers can read this procedure to understand the steps you need to take toward achieving Proficient Teacher accreditation.
Applying for Proficient Teacher accreditation (Interim arrangements) (PDF 261.35KB)Interim procedures for early childhood teachers, accreditation supervisors, service directors and employers on achieving Proficient Teacher accreditation.
Applying for Proficient Teacher procedure for non-school/service based teachers  (PDF 201.13KB)Non-school/service based teachers can read this procedure on the steps they need to take to achieve Proficient Teacher accreditation.
Proficient Teacher evidence guide (PDF 622.02KB)K–12 and early childhood teachers working towards Proficient Teacher accreditation can use this guide to understand how to compile and annotate documentary evidence.

Resources for supporting applicants

ResourceDescription
Accreditation Supervisor guide (PDF 275.88KB)Read this guide to understand the Accreditation Supervisor role and the process of supporting teachers through the Proficient Teacher accreditation process.
Applying for Proficient Teacher accreditation procedure for Accreditation Supervisors (PDF 148.25KB)Read this procedure to understand how to support provisionally or conditionally accredited teachers working towards achieving Proficient Teacher accreditation.
Applying for Proficient Teacher accreditation procedure for K–12 employers (PDF 123.9KB)

Read this guide to understand the internal procedures you must have in place as an employer.

Early childhood employers should refer to the interim arrangements

Applying for Proficient Teacher accreditation procedure for principals (PDF 151.86KB)Read this procedure to understand your role as a principal supporting a teacher to achieve Proficient Teacher accreditation.
Fact sheet – accreditation requirements to teach in NSW schools (PDF 131.25KB)Read this fact sheet to find out about accreditation requirements for teachers, including principals and executive staff, to teach in NSW schools.
Fact sheet – accreditation requirements to teach in NSW services (PDF 132.62KB)Read this fact sheet to find out more about accreditation requirements for teachers, including service directors and executive staff, to teach in NSW centre-based early childhood services.
Observation report template (PDF 960KB)Accreditation Supervisors can use this template as a framework to record an observation of a teacher who is working towards Proficient Teacher accreditation.

Maintain accreditation

Find resources for teachers maintaining their accreditation, including the Elective Professional Development (PD) log template, an extension form if you need more time to meet requirements and a report to record how you continue to meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards).

ResourceDescription
Elective PD log template (PDF 2.17MB)Use this optional template to log Elective PD as part of maintaining your teacher accreditation.
Extension of time application form (PDF 223.05KB)Complete this application to request an extension to meet Proficient Teacher or maintenance requirements.
HALT maintenance of accreditation report (PDF 323.45KB)Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers can complete this report to record how they continue to maintain the Standards.
Maintenance of Proficient Teacher accreditation form for non-school and service based teachers (PDF 132.36KB)Proficient teachers in eligible non-school and service based roles can use this application to voluntarily maintain their accreditation.
Maintaining Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) accreditation procedure for teachers (PDF 257.19KB)Read this procedure to understand the steps you need to take to maintain your HALT accreditation.
Maintaining Proficient Teacher accreditation procedure for teachers (PDF 240.59KB)Use this procedure to follow the steps you need to take to maintain your Proficient Teacher accreditation.

Resources for supporting applicants

ResourceDescription
Maintaining Proficient Teacher accreditation procedure for principals, service directors, and employers (PDF 222.03KB)Understand your role in assisting teachers to maintain their Proficient Teacher accreditation.
Maintaining HALT accreditation procedure for principals (PDF 207.47KB)Follow this procedure if you are a principal supporting a teacher to maintain their HALT accreditation.
Maintaining HALT accreditation procedure for employers (PDF 170.44KB)Read this procedure to understand your role in supporting a teacher to maintain their HALT accreditation.

Apply for HALT accreditation

Find resources for applying for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) accreditation, including guides and templates to support your application, and resources to use while you support an applicant.

View the resources for the following areas:

Resources for applicants

Evidence guides

ResourceDescription
Applying for HALT accreditation procedure for teachers (PDF 208.7KB)Read this procedure to understand what is involved in applying for HALT accreditation.
Highly Accomplished Teacher evidence guide – For applicants working in K–12 schools (PDF 729.39KB)Teachers can use this guide to understand the evidence needed to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards) at Highly Accomplished Teacher.
Highly Accomplished Teacher evidence guide – For applicants working in early childhood services (PDF 1.14MB)Early childhood teachers can use this guide to understand the evidence needed to demonstrate the Standards at Highly Accomplished Teacher.
Lead Teacher evidence guide – For applicants working in K–12 schools (PDF 751.98KB)Teachers can use this guide to understand the evidence needed to demonstrate the Standards at Lead Teacher.
Lead Teacher evidence guide – For applicants working in early childhood services (PDF 1.11MB)Early childhood teachers can use this guide to understand the evidence needed to demonstrate the Standards at Lead Teacher.

Internal observations

ResourceDescription
Applicant guide – Internal observations (PDF 518.48KB)Read this guide for advice about the requirements for internal observations of teaching practice for HALT accreditation.
Internal observation report template – Applicant’s observation of a colleague (PDF 192.44KB)HALT applicants can use this template as a framework to report on an observation of a colleague’s teaching practice.
Internal observation report template – Colleague’s observation of a HALT applicant (PDF 167.55KB)The colleague of a HALT applicant can use this template as a framework to report on their observation of the applicant’s teaching practice.

Site visits

ResourceDescription
Site visit guide – Applicants (PDF 527.41KB)Read this guide for advice on planning, preparing and running a site visit.
Site visit – Recorded observation schedule and details (PDF 188.6KB)Use this template to share information with the External Assessor for a recorded observation.
Site visit – On site observation schedule template (PDF 75.03KB)Use this template to share information with the External Assessor for an on site observation.
Site visit session plan template (PDF 117.1KB)Complete this template to plan your sessions.
Site visit professional discussion notes template (PDF 25.41KB)Use this template to help prepare your own discussion points for the professional discussion with the External Assessor.

Resources for supporting applicants

ResourcesDescription
Applying for HALT accreditation procedure for principals and service directors (PDF 198.9KB)Read this procedure to understand what you need to do when supporting a teacher applying for HALT accreditation.
Applying for HALT accreditation procedure for employers (PDF 154.39KB)Read this procedure to learn your role in supporting teachers applying for HALT accreditation.
External Assessor Guide – Site Visit (PDF 468.89KB)External assessors can use this guide to learn about their role and responsibilities in the application process.
Internal observation report template – Colleague’s observation of a HALT applicant (PDF 167.55KB)The colleague of a HALT applicant can use this template as a framework to report on their observation of the applicant’s teaching practice.
Principal or service director guide (PDF 382.03KB)Principals and service directors can read this guide to understand their role in the application process.
Principal or service director observing the applicant template (PDF 167.61KB)Principals and service directors can use this template as a framework to report on their observations of the applicant.
Referee guide (PDF 231.05KB)Referees can use this guide to learn about the requirements for supporting applicants.

Manage your accreditation

Find resources for managing your accreditation, including forms for voluntary cancellation and Leave of Absence.

ResourceDescription
Applying for a Leave of Absence procedure (PDF 198.21KB)Read this procedure if you are applying for a Leave of Absence.
Non-practising teacher accreditation procedure information for K–12 and early childhood teachers (PDF 160.04KB)Follow this procedure if you want to change to Non-practising accreditation.
Leave of Absence for suspended teachers application form (PDF 699.77KB)Suspended teachers who do not hold an active accreditation can use this application to apply for a Leave of Absence. All other teachers can apply in their NESA online account (eTAMS).
Voluntary cancellation of teacher accreditation application form (PDF 183.25KB)Use this application to voluntarily cancel accreditation.

Returning Teachers

Use these resources to apply for re-accreditation, or immediate accreditation at Proficient Teacher.

ResourceDescription
Applying for immediate accreditation at Proficient Teacher procedure for teachers (PDF 225.58KB)Eligible returning teachers can read this procedure how the steps they need to take to apply for immediate accreditation at Proficient Teacher.
Applying for immediate accreditation at Proficient Teacher procedure for principals (PDF 210.97KB)Learn about the steps you can take to support an eligible returning teacher to apply for immediate accreditation at Proficient Teacher.
Immediate accreditation at Proficient Teacher application form (PDF 112.44KB)Eligible returning teachers can use this application to apply for immediate accreditation at Proficient Teacher.
Re-accreditation after Voluntary Cancellation, Ceasing and Revocation procedure for teachers (K–12 and early childhood) (PDF 237.58KB)Read this procedure on the steps required to apply for re-accreditation under the different pathways.
Re-accreditation after cancellation application form (PDF 210.48KB)Teachers can use this application to apply for re-accreditation after cancelling their accreditation.
Re-accreditation after ceasing application form (PDF 279.28KB)Provisional and Conditional teachers can use this application to apply for re-accreditation after their accreditation has ceased.
Re-accreditation after revocation application form (PDF 296.43KB)Teachers can use this application to apply for re-accreditation after their accreditation is revoked.

Related information

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

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