Accreditation (NESA)

Teacher accreditation means a teacher has met the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers  at one of the four career stages:

  • Graduate
  • Proficient
  • Highly Accomplished
  • Lead

Teacher Accreditation at Proficient Teacher  level is a mandatory process that supports quality teaching, recognises the invaluable role that teachers play in the community, helps develop teachers and contributes to improved student learning outcomes


The CEDoW Teacher Accreditation Policy applies to teachers who are seeking accreditation at Proficient Teacher and those teachers who are maintaining their accreditation status at Proficient Teacher. It outlines the requirements for evidence-based and procedurally fair Teacher Accreditation processes.

This Policy has been developed to ensure that schools and teachers meet their compliance requirements with Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW), the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Australian Education Act 2013.

From 1 January 2018, employees must be accredited to start, continue or return to teaching in any NSW school or early childhood service. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website has a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about being accredited to work and teach in NSW schools. 

links to Accreditation INFORMATION (NESA website)


  • Why does accreditation matter?
  • How do I get accredited?
  • How much does it cost?


  • Pre-2004 school teachers
  • Casual and part-time teachers
  • Interstate and overseas teachers
  • Returning teachers
  • Refresher courses

Provisional and Conditional Accreditation

  • How does accreditation work?
  • Getting accreditation for the first time
  • Applying for provisional or conditional accreditation

Proficient Teacher Accreditation

  • Steps toward Proficient Teacher accreditation
  • Get to know the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • Casual and part-time teachers

Maintaining Your Accreditaiton

  • Maintaining teacher accreditation at specific career stages
  • Maintenance at Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher level

Higher Levels of Accreditation

  • Considering applying for higher levels
  • Characteristics of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers
  • Resources and links
  • Video success stories