Professional learning and engagement

1. ​How many hours of 'formal' professional learning activities do I have to undertake per year of registration?

For renewal of registration, as a mininum requirement, applicants are required to complete the following hours of professional learning activities:

  • 80 hours if an application for renewal is made between 7/12/2016 and 6/12/2017

  • 100 hours if an application for renewal is made after 7/12/2017.

Professional learning activities can be either formal and/or informal in each of the three Domains of the Professional Standards – Professional Knowledge (Standards 1 and 2), Professional Practice (Standards 3, 4 and 5) and Professional Engagement (Standards 6 and 7).  The proportion of activities across the three domains will vary according to the teacher's situation.

More information on professional learning

2. Is there a pro-rata rate for relief teachers with regards to the professional learning hours to be completed for renewal of registration?

No. The Teacher Registration Act 2012 does not provide for any waiver for relief teachers or teachers on short contracts with regards to the number of professional development hours to be completed in order to meet the renewal of registration requirements.

3. Would the work undertaken in the role of Education Officer within a private organisation or other government department count towards the 20 hours per year professional engagement for renewal of registration purposes?

No. For a person to be deemed as teaching, duties must include either delivering and assessing student performance in an educational programme implementing a prescribed curriculum or administering such a programme. For more information on which curriculums are recognised as prescribed curriculums for the purpose of registration with the TRBWA please refer to the Initial Registration Policy.

4. I am an experienced teacher and I hold Provisional Registration. Am I able to apply for Full Registration without having to complete one of the provisional to full registration processes?

To meet the Professional Standards at the Proficient level, it is a requirement that the teacher has taught for a minimum period of 100 days in one or more Western Australian educational venues or other Australian or New Zealand schools for 100 days in the 5 years prior to application.

Meeting the Professional Standards is generally based on an assessment of evidence at the school/workplace level and is verified by a declaration from an appropriate person. The declaration must be against a range of substantive evidence and must demonstrate that all of the Professional Standards have been met.

The applicant will be required to declare that relevant evidence has been retained, and the appropriate person will be required to declare that this evidence has been sighted, provide a summary of the evidence sighted and confirm that the evidence supports the declaration by the applicant that the Professional Standards have been met.

Guide to Evidencing the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level

5. I am currently teaching overseas and hold Provisional Registration.  Can I apply for Full Registration whilst teaching overseas?

Individuals that have neither taught nor studied in the Australian teaching and educational context are generally considered by the TRBWA to be unable to fully meet the Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia

In order to be in a position to meet the Professional Standards, it is a requirement that the teacher has taught for a minimum period of 100 days in one or more Western Australian educational venues or other Australian or New Zealand schools for 100 days in the 5 years prior to application.

6. Does the mentor in the 'Mentored transition process' need to hold Full Registration as a teacher?

Yes, the mentor is required to hold Full Registration as a teacher. Throughout the mentored period, the teacher holding Provisional Registration will need to have their teaching observed on several occasions and have their collection of evidence reviewed by an appropriate person.

An appropriate person for the purposes of the Provisional to Full Registration process is defined as a person who holds Full Registration in Australia or New Zealand.  This is generally the applicant's Principal, Deputy Principal, Head of Department, Supervisor, Line Manager or Mentor who is currently working at an educational venue in Australia or New Zealand.

7. Who would be an appropriate person to sign a standards declaration for a Principal?

An appropriate person to sign a standards declaration for a Principal would be their direct Line Manager or Supervisor.

8. What evidence do I need to collect for the 'Compilation of Evidence' process for Full Registration?

The evidence collected needs to demonstrate that the applicant clearly meets the professional standards for teachers at the proficient level, taking into account all of the focus areas and level descriptors under each  of the seven standards.

The TRBWA is not prescriptive in the type of evidence that needs to be collected and relies upon the professional judgement of the appropriate person signing the standards declaration in determining if a standard is being demonstrated by the evidence collected.

Guide to Evidencing the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level

9. Is it possible to submit an application for Full Registration without a signed declaration from an appropriate person?

Applications containing a declaration from an applicant without a supporting declaration from an appropriate person may still be submitted to the TRBWA, although such applications will generally be subject of closer scrutiny, and examination of evidence to ensure that the professional standards have been met.

10.What professional learning activities will be acceptable?

Please refer the Professional Learning page on this web site.

Last modified: 18/09/2017 4:31 PM