Progressing to Full Registration

Welcome to the teaching profession. Education is entering an era of increased professionalism and innovation and we are all playing a part in the transformation. It’s a great time to be a teacher.

Your registration as a teacher through the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) is an important marker in your career as a teaching professional. Registration ensures the integrity and accountability of the profession as a whole. It recognises the expertise of teachers and the position of trust and responsibility they hold in the community.

Whether you are newly qualified or an experienced teacher returning to the profession, you know that all teachers identify and collect evidence for ongoing reflection, feedback, growth and development. This is all the more important during the first years of teaching when you will be part of a school-based development and assessment process.

Progressing to Full registration requires you to be able to demonstrate your achievement of the Proficient level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and you can do this by selecting key pieces of evidence of your everyday work as a teacher for presentation to a school-based panel.

The TQI Teacher Portal provides you with support on your professional journey to Full registration. Among other things, it includes useful guides and tools as well as information about professional learning opportunities.

TQI also conducts a number of information sessions and workshops for those working towards Full registration. Most teachers progress to Full registration over the course of one to two years while in a fulltime teaching role. Of course, it may take longer for those employed on a casual, temporary or contract basis.

As a qualified teacher you have already met the Graduate Standards. Now you need to demonstrate your achievement of the Proficient level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers using annotated evidence of your day-to-day classroom practice and teacher professionalism.

First you need to download and read the Guide for Provisionally Registered Teachers which includes some helpful tools. You should also be familiar with the Proficient career stage of the Professional Standards.

Arrange a meeting with your principal, deputy or supervisor to discuss your transition to Full registration. Find out about the support provided in your school and identify your mentor and Professional Guidance Panel (formed early in your employment, the panel includes the principal or their delegate, your mentor and supervisor and others as negotiated).

When you can demonstrate that you have:

  • taught in an Australian or New Zealand school for the equivalent of a full school year or more (a minimum of 180 days)
  • participated in a work-embedded assessment process at your school
  • received development support from a school-based Professional Guidance Panel (refer to the Quick Reference Checklist on page 3 of the Guide for Provisionally Registered Teachers)
  • presented evidence of your professional practice, knowledge and engagement at the Proficient level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to your Professional Guidance Panel
  • completed the required 20 hours of reflected Professional Learning each year and maintained your TQI registration
  • maintained professional conduct in accordance with the Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for ACT teachers
  • been recommended by the principal for Full registration following presentation of your evidence.

Once you have taught for 180 days or more, completed your panel presentation and believe you have met the requirements to progress to Full registration, the completed Principal’s Recommendation for Full Registration report needs to be submitted to TQI. You can read this report in the Guide for Provisionally Registered Teachers and find editable electronic versions of this and other documents on the TQI Teacher Portal.

Make sure that you make the most of opportunities that come from blocks of casual employment or temporary contracts, as they give you the chance to address more of the standards at proficient level. When you start a period of employment at a school, talk to the school about what you want to achieve while you are there. You can also collect evidence of your practice across a number of schools, it doesn't all need to be done at the same one.

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