Will YOU Meet The 2018 BOSTES Requirements?

From 1 January 2018, all teachers must be accredited to continue, return to or start teaching in a NSW school. This is a new requirement for pre-2004 teachers. Touchstones delves into what requirements are needed for teacher accreditation and where to start the process!

“Quality teaching is central to improving student learning outcomes. To start or return to working as a teacher in NSW you must be accredited with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). To be given or maintain accreditation as a Proficient Teacher, teachers will need to show their practice continues to meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers” – BOSTES, 2016.

What is a Proficient Teacher?

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers comprise seven Standards that outline what teachers should know and be able to do. The Standards are grouped into three domains of teaching: Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement.

In practice, teaching draws on aspects of all three domains.

Download the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (PDF 300KB) 

What are the requirements for maintaining accreditation at Proficient Teacher?

Accredited teachers are required to maintain their accreditation in five-year (for full-time teachers) or seven-year (for casual or part-time teachers) cycles. For those accredited at Proficient Teacher, this involves:

  • completing 100 hours of professional development linked to the Standard Descriptors of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and
  • submitting a Maintenance of Accreditation Report at the end of each cycle.

How do I start the process?

BOSTES has created a three-step process for awarding Proficient Teacher Accreditation to pre-2004 teachers. The process will recognise your skills, knowledge and expertise meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher. 


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