Teacher Accreditation – NESA

On 1 January 2017, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

To work as a teacher in a NSW school, you must be accredited with NESA if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • have not taught in NSW before 1 October 2004,
  • have had a 5 year continuous absence from teaching,
  • are an overseas or interstate teacher, new to teaching in NSW
The process of acquiring accreditation involves the following:
  • creating an online account with NESA
  • completing an online application for accreditation with NESA
  • providing qualifications for assessment by NESA, and
  • applying for a Working with Children Check
Accreditation supports quality teaching and recognises the invaluable role teachers play in the community.

Teachers who have worked in a NSW school since before 1 October 2004, and have not had a break from teaching of more than 5 years, do not currently need to be accredited. Accreditation requirements will apply to all school teachers from 1 January 2018.

For further information regarding Teacher Accreditation please refer to the NESA Teacher Accreditation website;


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