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1. What qualifications do I need to gain registration as a teacher in Western Australia?
To be registered as a teacher in Western Australia in the categories of Provisional Registration (Graduate Teacher and Returning Teacher) and Full Registration, you must hold a teaching qualification from an accredited initial teacher education (ITE) program or a qualification that the Board recognises as equivalent. For further information on equivalency, please refer to ‘How does the TRBWA determine whether a qualification is equivalent to an accredited ITE program’.
Alternatively, you may submit a Request for Qualifications advice prior to making an application for registration. You will need to complete the online Request for Qualification advice form via Teacher Login and pay the non-refundable fee. Please refer to the Schedule of Fees for current fee information.
If you do not hold a teaching qualification from an accredited initial teacher education (ITE) program or a qualification that the Board recognises as equivalent, you may still be eligible to be registered as a teacher in the category of Limited Registration. For further information on Limited Registration please refer to TRBWA website, Registration Categories – Limited Registration.
2. What identification and supporting documents do I need when applying for registration?
When processing an application for registration, the TRBWA needs to be certain that the person applying to be registered is a fit and proper person to teach and meets the qualification and English language requirements. To do this, you will need the following identification and supporting documentation ready to upload as part of the online application process:
(1) Four identity documents, compliant with the requirements of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
- one document from the list of Commencement of identity documents (such as, but not limited to, an Australian birth certificate, Australian passport, ImmiCard, Australian Citizenship certificate);
- one document from the list of Primary use in the community documents (such as, but not limited to, an Australian driver’s licence, Australian marriage certificate, a non-Australian passport with valid entry stamp);
- two documents from the list of Secondary use in the community documents (such as, but not limited to, certificate of identity issued by DFAT, Medicare card, Australian tertiary student photo identity document, Working with Children check).
The combined identity documents must contain your:
- full name;
- date of birth; and
- clear, colour photograph.
Please note, at least one identity document needs to include a photograph.
All documents must be current. Please do not remove or cover any expiry dates on the identification documents. Any expired documents will not be accepted.
Please refer to the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check Application and Informed Consent Form for a list of the identity documents that may meet the minimum proof of identity requirements.
(2) Change of name certificate issued by the Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages or an Australian marriage certificate issued by a state or territory (where applicable). These documents are only required if you provide identity documents in different names, such as a former name.
(3) Final Academic transcript(s). Please refer to question 3 for further information about what is required in the document.
(4) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment (where applicable).
3. What is an academic transcript and where do I get one?
If you are applying for registration after you have completed your qualification, a copy of your final academic transcript is required for evidence. If you are currently completing your qualification, please refer to the FAQs for Final Year ITE students.
A final academic transcript shows information such as the higher education provider’s name, student's name (printed in full), name of the course of study, minimum length of the course (in years), enrolment and completion dates, a list of all subjects and marks/grades, and states that the course was completed.
If you do not have your official academic transcript, you should contact the university at which you completed your studies and request, generally from the Academic Registrar's office, an official statement of your student record.
The academic transcript should be on university letterhead, be signed by the Academic Registrar of the university (or a person in an equivalent position), must be dated and carry the appropriate stamps or seals of the university. All pages of the final academic transcript need to be submitted as part of the application for registration.
4. Why do I need to supply supporting documentation to show I have completed supervised teaching practice when it is stated on my transcript?
For WA graduates who have completed an accredited initial teacher education program, additional supervised teaching practice evidence is not required.
For all other initial teacher education programs, although your transcript shows the supervised teaching practice unit, it may not show how many days have been completed. To evidence that you have completed a sufficient amount of supervised teaching practice, please provide either:
a statement from the awarding institution to confirm the amount completed as part of the course; or
a course handbook for the year that you enrolled into the course which shows the number of days of supervised teaching practice required to be undertaken within the program.
If you are unable to provide evidence of your supervised teaching practice, please provide evidence of any teaching experience that you may have.
5. What if my supporting documents are not in English?
If your academic records or documents are not in English, you must attach copies of the documents, both in the original language and the English translation. Please note that translations must be prepared and certified as correct by an official translator.
6. Why is an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result only valid for two years?
The two-year validity period is commonplace among organisations which use the IELTS test as an indicator of English language proficiency, and is based on the recommended validity period from IELTS itself.
This validity period is in accordance with the English Language requirements of the Teacher Registration (General) Regulations 2012.
For further information on the English language requirements of the Board please refer to the TRBWA’s English Language Policy and Limited Registration English Language Policy.