Professional learning

It is a requirement of teacher registration that a teacher completes sufficient professional learning to maintain the currency of their professional competence.

As part of the renewal of registration application process, a teacher is required to declare that they have met this obligation. Evidence may be requested by the TRBWA to support this declaration.

It is generally expected that professional learning claimed for the renewal of registration, is over and above the normal expectations of a teacher's role and responsibilities (including preparation, planning, programming and assessment and reporting) and aims to improve the teacher's knowledge, practice and competencies as set out in the Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia.

The requirement to undertake a minimum amount of professional learning applies to all registered teachers. There is no pro-rata. Should a teacher not be able to fulfil this requirement as part of the renewal process they are able to submit a request to the Board for consideration of extenuating circumstances.

The minimum requirements for the completion of professional learning activities are:

  • 40 hours if an application for renewal is made between 7/12/2014 and 6/12/2015
  • 60 hours if an application for renewal is made between 7/12/2015 and 6/12/2016
  • 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

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).

Formal activities can include:

  • activities offered by professional development providers such as workshops, seminars, online learning
  • school-based and employer-provided professional development including professional development days, action research projects, mentoring a junior colleague
  • giving conference or workshop presentations or writing for publication

Informal activities can include:

  • professional reading
  • professional or collegiate meetings dedicated to teacher professional learning or requiring reflection on professional practice
  • participation in the development of policy or practice within the educational venue or a wider context

The proportions of activities across the three Domains will vary according to the particular teacher's situation and current career focus. Formal learning activities undertaken in one Domain may be minimal, for example. The selection of activities is at the discretion of the individual teacher subject to the requirement:

  • that each claimed activity is clearly directly related to at least one of the elements of the Professional Standards and
  • that relationship has been articulated in the evidence collected and retained by the teacher.

The Professional Learning Activities Policy details the requirements for professional learning and provides an example on how this may be recorded.

Recording Professional Learning Activities

It is recommended that teachers maintain a log of their learning activities.

You may continue to update your professional learning activities using the Professional Learning Log that is currently available through Teacher Login. ​

Last modified: 18/05/2015 9:03 AM