Frequently Asked Questions
Professional Learning Requirement
This minimum requirement applies regardless of whether; you are working full-time, part-time, or as a temporary relief teacher, are interstate or overseas, have been on leave from employment (e.g. parenting leave, long service leave, retired) or you are not employed as a teacher.
Some employers will expect that you participate in professional learning on-site and/or in your own time. Any learning you do for this purpose can also be counted towards your 60 hours for registration requirements, as long as the activity meets the definition of professional learning given on the Professional Learning page.
You are encouraged to take ownership of your learning by using your professional judgement to seek out activities specific to your teaching circumstances. The information on the Professional Learning and Types of Professional Learning pages can help you determine the kinds of activities you could count and so find learning opportunities that are interesting and relevant to you and the students/children you are teaching now or into the future. Examples of possible resources can be found on the Professional Learning Resources page.
Professional learning does not have to be (but can certainly include) face-to-face and/or paid learning opportunities such as workshops and conferences. The definition of professional learning also includes self-directed learning such as online courses, professional reading, research, listening to podcasts, participating in webinars, etc. These types of professional learning activities would be particularly suited to those who are not teaching full-time or who are working in regional/remote areas. Check Types of Professional Learning for more examples.
You can choose from a broad range of professional learning opportunities and it is anticipated that a variety of learning opportunities will be undertaken depending on your particular circumstances. Please refer to Types of Professional Learning to find out about the many ways you can access your learning.
Recording and Evidencing Professional Learning
You need to keep both a summary record of your professional learning and supporting evidence for each learning activity you have recorded.
The Teachers Portal is the recommended tool for recording your professional learning as it is in one secure, online location. Please refer to Recording Professional Learning.
You also need to retain supporting evidence for completing each learning activity, such as a certificate, your own notes, a record of attendance, a reflection journal, etc. Please refer to Evidence of Professional Learning. It is recommended that you keep your evidence for at least a year after renewal
It is highly recommend that you use the Teachers Portal as it is an easy, secure way of tracking your professional learning online. The portal is also used to renew your registration online every 3 years and update your contact details with the Board instantly. You can find video tutorials about using the Teachers Portal, and information about the alternative methods for recording, on the Recording Professional Learning page.
Please do not submit your Professional Learning Summary Record unless requested by the Board. Each time you renew your registration you will be asked to self-declare whether you have completed at least 60 hours of professional learning within your term of registration. Following the renewal process the Board will conduct an audit of professional learning declarations and you will be asked to submit your summary record if you are randomly selected for inclusion in the audit.
You will be notified by email (or letter) and asked to submit your Professional Learning Summary Record to the Board by a specified due date. If you have been using the Teachers Portal to record your professional learning, the information will simply be downloaded by the Board on the due date. If you have been using the Board’s Word template, or your own method of recording, you will need to submit a signed and dated copy of your records to the Board by post or in-person before the due date.
Please do not submit your actual pieces of supporting evidence to the Board unless specifically requested. These documents will not be accepted in place of a Professional Learning Summary Record. You will be contacted if further information is needed about your submission.
There are many alternative forms of evidence you can keep for learning activities where you don’t receive a certificate. These include your own notes, an attendance record, annotated handouts, a booking receipt, etc. Please refer to Evidence of Professional Learning for more examples.
If you have used the Teachers Portal to record your professional learning this information will remain available on the portal indefinitely. Within the My Professional Learning History tool you can toggle between your current and previous terms of registration to view and/or edit professional learning you have already recorded. You can also download and print off the Professional Learning Summary Record for each term of registration.
It is recommended that you break down your study program into more manageable “chunks” by recording separate entries for the individual modules or units you completed rather than the course as a whole. You will find it easier to adequately describe a link between specific topics and one or more of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) than trying to explain how the entire course could be connected to a large range of APST. This also allows you to record professional learning study hours even if you have not completed the course at the time of renewing your registration.
It is your professional judgement as to how many hours you allocate to your study. The course outline may include information about the expected time commitment. See the examples for Study on the Referencing Professional Learning to the Standards page.
Referencing Professional Learning to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)
For each learning activity recorded towards the professional learning requirement, you need to be able to briefly describe, in your own words, how you have made a connection to one or more of the APST. For examples of this refer to Referencing Professional Learning to the Standards.
Some professional learning providers may nominate which of the APST they consider the learning activity relates. However, you still need to describe the link between the learning and one or more APST in your own words.
Your description will generally only need to be one or two sentences long. You should assume that a person reading your Professional Learning Summary Record does not know your teaching context or the particular professional learning activity. Using your own words, specify how the learning activity was relevant to the APST and your professional growth as a teacher.
Please do not use acronyms, vague descriptions or list the focus areas for your learning activity. Refer to Referencing Professional Learning to the Standards for more information.
The Focus Area Descriptors are there to help you unpack the APST and work out where your learning activity best fits. You only need to describe how the learning fits one or more of the APST, so focus areas are not required.