BOSTES updates

Early childhood accreditation

From 18 July it is mandatory for all early childhood teachers working in approved services/centres to be registered with BOSTES.

The IEU has negotiated with BOSTES that early childhood teachers who have taught in a NSW approved service/centre in the five years previous to 18 July 2016, will be deemed at Proficient accreditation level. The only exception is those teachers working in Department of Education preschools, and they should contact the NSW Teachers Federation for further information.

Teachers should apply here:

Early intervention teachers

Early intervention (EI) teachers who have been ‘engaged’ by an approved NSW service/centre can also access accreditation at Proficient, as described above. In the latest round of negotiations with BOSTES, the IEU secured an understanding that EI teachers are able to be accredited. If you have any queries about this, email

Primary and secondary accreditation at Proficient

From 26 April all evidence, annotations and the accreditation at Proficient report must be uploaded to BOSTES directly instead of being submitted online. Paper copies will no longer be accepted.

This is a positive step forward as delays in processing accreditation at Proficient applications will be reduced.

More information can be found here:

BOSTES information sessions on accreditation at Proficient

BOSTES is hosting 1.5 hour sessions regarding gaining accreditation at Proficient. These sessions are open to casual and short term temporary teachers only. The sessions do not cover maintenance requirements or information for pre 2018 teachers.

The sessions are being held throughout NSW. For more information follow this link:

Don’t forget that the IEU hosts many different courses on accreditation processes across NSW. These are free to IEU members, and more information can be found here:

Pre 1 October 2004 primary and secondary teachers

The Union is engaged with negotiations regarding the accreditation at Proficient of pre 1 October 2004 primary and secondary teachers, including school executive and system consultants.

At this stage if you have worked since before 1 October 2004 and have not had a break from teaching in NSW of more than five years, a teacher is eligible to be accredited at Proficient on 1 January 2018. The IEU will advise its members when more information about the process is known.

Members interested in accreditation can come to the course: PIP: How NSW Accreditation Works. Look for sessions around the state here:

Amy Cotton
Professional Officer