To be registered as a teacher in South Australia you must meet the Board’s minimum qualification requirements. You must hold higher education (i.e. university) qualifications that total at least 4 years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) study, including an approved teacher education qualification.

This could include:

  • an approved undergraduate teacher education qualification of at least 4 years’ (full-time) duration which includes a sufficient supervised teaching practice component.


  • an approved postgraduate teacher education qualification at least 1 year’s (full-time) duration which includes a sufficient supervised teaching practice component AND a non-teaching undergraduate qualification of at least 3 years’ (full-time) duration.

Applicants need to lodge an Application for Teacher Registration.  Please  refer to the   Application for Teacher Registration Guidelines for further information.

Australian preservice teachers may lodge an Application for Teacher Registration during their final semester of study.

Required documents to accompany application

The following list indicates the supporting documents required to be included in the Application for Teacher Registration. Documents not in English and the translation must be lodged with the application form.

  • full birth certificate
  • current photographic identification e.g. drivers licence or passport
  • change of name document if applicable e.g. deed poll certificate, marriage certificate or decree nisi
  • unofficial statement of results for your teaching course if not yet completed
  • official academic transcript showing conferral or course completion for ALL completed higher education study

An academic transcript, sometimes called an academic record, statement of results or mark sheet, shows the name of the qualification, awarding institution, subjects studied, and grades received. An official academic transcript is printed on the higher education institute’s transcript paper and shows that you have completed all requirements of the qualification or that the qualification was conferred/awarded.

As part of the application, you are required to consent to  the Board conducting a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Record Check.

Certification of Documents

All required documents other than the original must be certified copies. Copies of original documents must be certified as a true and correct copy of the original by the same person, whether that is a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner for taking Affidavits or Notary Public or Proclaimed Police Officer or any other person of a class prescribed by the Oaths Regulations 2021, Section 5 .

Each document submitted for certification must be a photocopy with the original document available for sighting at the time of certification. In some circumstances the Board may require presentation of an original document.

If all documents have not been correctly certified, the application will not be accepted and will be returned to you.

Translation of Documents into English

All documents not in the English language that are lodged as part of an application for teacher registration, must be submitted along with English translations. Attach the English translation to the foreign language document. All documents must be originals or certified copies.

English translations undertaken in Australia will only be accepted if completed by an accredited translator, that is, someone who has been accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI).

English translations undertaken overseas will only be accepted if completed by an officially accredited or licensed translator or an officially recognised organisation.

English Language Requirements

All applications for teacher registration must meet the requirements of the Board's English Language Proficiency Policy.

For detailed information about the requirements refer to English Language Proficiency Requirement Policy.

Below are the contact details for agencies providing English language proficiency tests recognised by the Board.

  • International English Language Testing System IELTS
  • International Second Language Proficiency Ratings ISLPR  (Please note there are currently no accredited ISLPR South Australian based testing facilities available.)

These agencies can be contacted regarding any available preparation programs.

The Board strongly encourages applicants to adequately prepare themselves for the English language test.