Teaching qualification check

To teach in NSW public schools and apply for teaching jobs, you will need to have completed teacher education studies and be approved by the NSW Department of Education, and accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), formally NESA.

Check you are qualified to teach

To get accredited to teach in NSW public schools, you must have completed a minimum of four years of tertiary study that included a teaching qualification in primary, secondary or K-12 teaching.

Check you are accredited to teach

To find out if you are accredited to teach in NSW public schools contact NESA via email: contactus@nswteachers.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 739 338.

Note: Teachers who commenced working in NSW schools prior to 1 October 2004 and have not had a break from teaching for more than five years do not currently need to be accredited by NESA.

Check you have approval to teach

If you have been approved by the department to teach in NSW public schools, you will have been sent an approval letter stating that you have satisfied all the requirements for approval. The letter confirms your teaching/personnel ID number, the type of approval you have been granted (ie permanent, casual or temporary) and the subjects you're approved to teach.

If you have misplaced your approval letter, email teacherapprovals@det.nsw.edu.au to request a copy.

Get accredited and approved to teach in NSW public schools

If you don't have approval to teach, there are specific steps you need to follow depending on your circumstances: