Certification

Certifying authorities

In each jurisdiction, there are one or more bodies that manage the certification process. These bodies referred to as the 'certifying authority'. The certifying authority/authorities in each jurisdiction where certification is offered are responsible for implementing and managing the national certification process in that jurisdiction. All applicants will apply for certification through their local certifying authority, and the local authority is the first point of call for all interested parties.

The role of AITSL in the national certification process is to support the certifying authorities and ensure consistency is maintained in the national process. AITSL is not responsible for assessing applications or certifying teachers.

Information sessions, workshops, professional learning and training to support applicants and  assessors are conducted by certifying authorities.

Teachers interested in the national certification process are to contact the certifying authority in their state/territory for further information about national certification.

State/territory Certifying authority Systems/sectors they cover Website address
Australian Capital Territory ACT Teacher Quality Institute Government, Catholic and Independent Web
New South Wales NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Government, Catholic and Independent Web
Northern Territory Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory Government, Catholic and Independent Web


In South Australia, each system/sector are responsible for their own certification assessments so applicants interested in certification will need to contact their employers. Recommendations are then made to the South Australian Teacher Certification Committee (SATCC) to be endorsed or declined.

In NSW, national certification is referred to as 'Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation' and 'Lead Teacher Accreditation'. This process is managed by NESA.

State/territory
Certifying authority
 Certifying authority
Systems/sectors
they cover
Website address
South Australia South Australian Teacher Certification Committee (SATCC) Government Web
South Australia South Australian Teacher Certification Committee (SATCC) Catholic Web
South Australia South Australian Teacher Certification Committee (SATCC) Independent Web
Western Australia Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AIS WA) Independent Web


Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia

National certification is not currently offered in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania or the Catholic or Government sectors in Western Australia. Please contact employers for further information.

Please email certification@aitsl.edu.au if you have any queries regarding the above information.