On 20 April 2012, all Ministers for Education endorsed a national approach to the certification of Highly Accomplished and Lead teachers. A national approach means that all Australian teachers will have access to a rigorous and transparent process that recognises Highly Accomplished and Lead teachers which is portable throughout Australia.
Certification of Highly Accomplished and Lead teachers has three primary purposes:
Application for certification is open to all fully registered teachers who meet the eligibility requirements and who can demonstrate achievement of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Highly Accomplished or Lead career stages.
Certification involves a series of observations of a teacher’s practice, including classroom observations. To achieve certification, teachers will therefore need to be able to demonstrate their skills in working with students in a classroom situation.
Providing they can demonstrate this, certification is available to classroom-based teachers in a range of roles including school support professionals, regional support officers, consultants and advisory teachers and those in equivalent roles who work with students.
There are three stages in an application for certification: