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Frequently Asked Questions

Types of Registration

Teachers with provisional registration have met the minimum requirements to become registered as a teacher, including qualification and fitness and propriety requirements. They are considered to have met the Graduate level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).

Once a teacher has completed one year of full-time (or the part-time equivalent of 200 days) teaching experience in Australia or New Zealand within the last five years, and been assessed as meeting the Proficient level of the APST, they are expected to apply for (full) registration.

Your certificate of teacher registration will reflect your status, as well as any conditions or notations. ‘REGISTRATION’ means you have (full) registration status. The public register also reflects a teacher’s registration status, number, and expiry date.

If you hold provisional registration with conditions your eligibility to transition to (full) registration will depend on the nature of your conditions. Please contact the Board about your specific circumstances.

A Special Authority to Teach is not a form of teacher registration, so you are not able to apply for (full) registration. If you gain provisional registration after holding a Special Authority to Teach (e.g. on completion of an initial teacher education qualification) you may only start counting days of teaching service from the date you are granted provisional registration.

Moving to (full) registration is not an automatic process and you must complete an Application to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration. You are eligible to apply for (full) registration once you have completed one year of full-time (or the part-time equivalent of 200 days) satisfactory teaching service in Australia or New Zealand in the last five years, and been assessed as meeting the Proficient level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

This certification is not undertaken by the Teachers Registration Board. Please contact the relevant employing authority.

Time frame to Apply for (full) Registration

You should apply for (full) registration as soon as practicable once you have completed one year of full-time (or the part-time equivalent of 200 days) satisfactory teaching service. You do not need to wait until the renewal period.

It is a condition of your provisional registration that if you are eligible to apply for (full) registration you will do so before your current term of registration is due to expire. You can have up to two 3-year terms of provisional registration to complete the required teaching service to apply for (full) registration.

It has always been an expectation that teachers with provisional registration would apply for (full) registration when eligible. The new requirements were effective from 1 January 2013 and are not retrospective.

That is, the first time you registered or renewed your registration in 2013 or later is considered to be your initial 3-year term of provisional registration under these new requirements. If you do not complete the required satisfactory teaching service and achieve (full) registration within that initial 3-year term you can apply for one further 3-year term of provisional registration.

If you haven’t been able to undertake sufficient teaching service by the end of your first 3-year term of provisional registration you can apply for renewal of provisional registration for one further 3-year term as long as you meet all other renewal requirements. It is anticipated you will complete the teaching service requirement and apply for (full) registration within that second 3-year term of registration.

If you are unable to achieve (full) registration within that timeframe you will not be permitted to renew your provisional registration again, but must apply under a modified process.

If you have completed one year of full-time (or the part-time equivalent of 200 days) satisfactory teaching service within the last five years you are expected to apply for (full) registration before your renewal of registration is due.

If you are eligible for (full) registration but fail to complete the transition to (full) registration process prior to your renewal date you will need to provide an explanation on your renewal application as to why you have not complied with this requirement. On consideration of this, the Board may grant you one further term of provisional registration in which you will be expected to transition to (full) registration as soon as practicable.

Moving to (full) registration is not an automatic process and you must submit an Application to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration. Additionally, if you previously held (full) registration but allowed the registration to expire for a period of time you would have been granted provisional registration upon re-applying. 

Application Process

If you have completed one year of full-time (or the part-time equivalent of 200 days) satisfactory teaching service within the last five years you are expected to apply for (full) registration before your renewal of registration is due.

If you are eligible for (full) registration but fail to complete the transition to (full) registration process prior to your renewal date you will need to provide an explanation on your renewal application as to why you have not complied with this requirement. On consideration of this, the Board may grant you one further term of provisional registration in which you will be expected to transition to (full) registration as soon as practicable.

Renewal of registration is:

  • for continuing your registration past the next expiry date;
  • a requirement for all registered teachers, regardless of registration status;
  • completed every three years; and
  • undertaken in the renewal period at least one month prior to the expiry date.

Transition to (full) registration is:

  • for changing your registration status;
  • a requirement for teachers with provisional registration;
  • usually completed only once; and
  • undertaken at a time when the requirements have been met.

On approval of your Application to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration only your registration status will change – not the expiry date – so you will still need to renew your registration at least one month before its next expiry date. 

There is no fee to transition to (full) registration. However, this process will change only your registration status – not the expiry date – so you will still need to apply and pay for your renewal of registration at least one month before its next expiry date.

If you are a temporary relief teacher (TRT) it is recommended that you complete the evaluation at a site you work with regularly. It is suggested that you establish a rapport with an appropriate person at that site e.g. Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal to negotiate a process.

Other

If you haven’t been able to undertake sufficient teaching service by the end of your first 3-year term of provisional registration you can apply for renewal of provisional registration for one further 3-year term as long as you meet all other renewal requirements. It is anticipated you will complete the teaching service requirement and apply for (full) registration within that second 3-year term of registration.

If you are unable to achieve (full) registration within that timeframe you will not be permitted to renew your provisional registration again, but must apply under a modified process.

Moving to (full) registration is not an automatic process and you must submit an Application to Transition from Provisional to (full) Registration. Additionally, if you previously held (full) registration but allowed the registration to expire for a period of time you would have been granted provisional registration upon re-applying. 

This certification is not undertaken by the Teachers Registration Board. Please contact the relevant employing authority.