1. As an experienced teacher who holds Provisional Registration, do I have to demonstrate I meet the Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia to apply for Full Registration?
Yes, all applicants for Full Registration must, among other requirements, demonstrate that they meet the Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia (Professional Standards) at the Proficient Level.
To meet the Professional Standards at the Proficient level, it is a requirement that you have taught for a minimum period of 100 days in one or more Western Australian educational venues or other Australian or New Zealand schools 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, as part of the application process, 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.
Please refer to the ‘Guide to Evidencing the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level’ for further information.
2. I am teaching overseas and hold Provisional Registration. Can I apply for Full Registration whilst teaching overseas?
To be eligible to apply for Full Registration in Western Australia, you must demonstrate that you meet the Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia (Professional Standards) at the Proficient Level or have done so in the previous 5 years.
In order to be in a position to meet the Professional Standards, it is a requirement that you have taught for a minimum period of 100 days in one or more Western Australian educational venues or other Australian or New Zealand schools in the 5 years prior to application.
3. What evidence do I need to collect to demonstrate that I meet the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level?
The TRBWA Transition to Full Registration – Guide to Evidencing the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level provides advice about collecting and presenting evidence to demonstrate that you meet the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level. This document is available on the TRBWA website www.trb.wa.gov.au.
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) offers a number of resources regarding the collection of evidence to demonstrate that you have met the Professional Standards at the Proficient Level. These are available on the AITSL website www.aitsl.edu.au.
4. What are the requirements to be an appropriate person?
An appropriate person must hold Full Registration in Australia or New Zealand and must be in a reasonable position to assess an applicant against the Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia and make a declaration to the TRBWA in relation to this.
In a school, an applicant’s Principal or a person delegated by the Principal who is currently working within the same educational venue as the applicant would be appropriate.
In an education and care service, it is the “responsible person” who has day-to-day management responsibility or control (the nominated supervisor) or their delegate.
Persons delegated responsibility as the appropriate person to determine whether an applicant meets the standards may be a Deputy Principal, head of department, experienced/senior teacher, supervisor or line manager.
5. Is it possible to submit an application for Full Registration without a signed declaration from an appropriate person?
Yes, for circumstances where an applicant is unable to obtain a declaration from an appropriate person, the TRBWA may accept direct submissions of evidence. For example, teachers who are without permanent employment and whose teaching opportunities have come from periods of casual employment or temporary contracts across a number of educational venues.
Additionally, the direct submission pathway may be utilised by teachers in centre based educational and care services who do not have direct access to an appropriate person (e.g. Nominated Supervisor or their delegate) who holds Full Registration.
Please refer to ‘Information for Applicants – Direct Submission of Evidence’ for further information.
6. How do I demonstrate that I meet the Professional Standards at the Graduate Level?
You are considered to have met the Professional Standards at the Graduate Level if, within the five years prior to application, you have graduated from either:
- an accredited initial teacher education (ITE) program from Australia or New Zealand; or
- an Australian early childhood teaching qualification approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Agency (ACECQA).