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Range of Professional Learning Opportunities

Professional learning (PL) for the purpose of registration is:

  • learning that all Registered and Provisionally Registered teachers (practising and non-practising) engage in (both in their own time and work time) to continually build their capacities as professionals
  • learning that is over and above the normal expectations of a teacher’s role and responsibilities (including preparation, planning, programming, assessment and reporting)
  • learning that focuses on particular Standards or a combination of Standards at one career stage (proficient as a minimum) or across a range of career stages
  • learning that is referenced by the teacher to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).


Types of Professional Learning

Teachers can choose from a broad selection of professional learning opportunities and it is anticipated that a range of learning opportunities will be undertaken. The Board understands that some employers may require a teacher to complete specific types of professional learning. This will be recognised for registration purposes provided it is referenced by the teacher to the APST.


Professional learning may include any of the following examples and/or other examples identified by a teacher and referenced to the Standards. The examples provided are only a guide to clarify some of the types of professional learning that will meet registration requirements and, therefore, should not be considered exhaustive.

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If you are unsure about any aspect of the professional learning requirements for renewal of registration please contact us by phone (08) 8226 2666 or email. (


Other examples of professional learning opportunities

The following are also examples of professional learning opportunities when the focus is on the professional learning for you as the registered teacher and is clearly connected to the standards:

  • Employer required training
  • Mentoring and coaching or being mentored e.g. pre-service teacher education students, registered teachers who are new to a role etc.*
  • Facilitation or delivery of professional learning opportunities*
  • Working with the community to improve public understanding of educational topics or issues*
  • Involvement in site-based professional learning, e.g. student free days, school development days, professional learning workshops during staff meeting times

*Reminder: These are only applicable when the focus is on the professional learning for you.

Activities NOT accepted as part of your professional learning

  • Administrative, business or day-to-day aspects of participating in networks, associations or staff meetings/sessions, are not recognised
  • Any reading, listening or viewing considered core to a teachers’ work, e.g. curriculum documents or information for use with learners as part of preparation and planning
  • Parent/teacher interviews and meetings