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1. Check you meet the eligibility criteria

To be eligible for teacher registration for the school sector you must hold an accredited initial teacher education (ITE) degree. Alternatively, you must hold an equivalent qualification(s) (previously accredited), or comparable qualification(s) from overseas*.

A teaching qualification (ITE program):

  • prepares students to be teachers
  • contains general education studies
  • contains discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies
  • includes professional experiences in a school setting.

The professional experience components of an ITE program must consist of supervised and assessed teaching practice undertaken over a substantial and sustained period, in a recognised school setting.

Your qualifications must be awarded by a higher education institution and equate to a minimum of four years of full-time tertiary study.

If you completed your teaching degree as a postgraduate, you must also provide evidence of your undergraduate degree.

*If you studied to be a teacher overseas, your qualifications must be formally assessed by the Board before you apply for registration, to ensure that they compare to Australian accredited initial teacher education programs. The assessment will also determine whether you meet the English language proficiency requirements. 

To be eligible for registration to teach in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, you must hold:

  • TAE40116 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (or its successor)
  • TAE40110 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and one of the following units: 
    • TAELLN411 – Address adult language, literacy, and numeracy skills (or its successor) 
    • TAELLN401A – Address adult language, literacy, and numeracy skills

And one of the following units:

  • TAEASS502 – Design and develop assessment tools (or its successor) 
  • TAEASS502A – Design and develop assessment tools
  • TAEASS502B – Design and develop assessment tools

Alternatively, you must hold a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education and be able to demonstrate current competency.

Please note
Changes to the requirement for registration to work at TasTAFE are in effect from July 2022.

It is essential that teachers are of good character and fit to teach in order to maintain public confidence in the teaching profession. The Board must consider any behaviour that does not satisfy the standards generally expected of a teacher and shows the person is unfit to be granted teacher registration or a Limited Authority to Teach (LAT).

Good character
Factors that the Board must consider when determining a person’s good character are outlined in the Teachers Registration Act 2000. These include:

  • charges and convictions (in Australia or overseas)
  • current Registration for Working With Vulnerable People (RWVP) status
  • any behaviour that:
    • does not satisfy a standard of behaviour generally expected of a teacher
    • is otherwise disgraceful or improper.

The Board may also consider “any other matter it considers relevant”.

Fitness to teach
Factors that the Board may consider when determining a person’s fitness to teach are also outlined in the Act. These include:

  • any medical, psychiatric, or psychological condition
  • the competence of the person as a teacher
  • any other matter it considers relevant.

You must hold a current Registration to Work With Vulnerable People (RWVP). You must ensure your RWVP status remains current at all times to teach in Tasmania.

Please note
You must record your RWVP details as part of your application in TRB Online. Your RWVP status is automatically validated by the Department of Justice Tasmania.

Everyone who applies for teacher registration must be able to communicate in English at a professional level with students, parents, colleagues, and other education professionals. 

You will automatically meet this requirement if you have completed four or more years of higher education in any of these locations: 

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Canada (if tertiary studies were completed in English)
  • United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
  • United States of America

Alternatively, you can demonstrate English language proficiency with one of the following assessments: 

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic assessment 
    •  Requires:
      • an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing)
      • a score of 7 or higher in all four skill areas
      • a score of 8 or higher in speaking and listening.
  • International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) assessment
    • Requires a score of 4 in all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).
    • The assessment is only valid if provided by an approved testing site where the assessment is teacher-focused.

Please note:

  • The required scores must be achieved in one assessment.
  • The assessment must have occurred no more than two years prior to the date you submit your application for registration.

2. Complete your application in TRB Online

If you are applying for registration for the first time, please create an account on TRB Online. If you already have an account, log in, click on ‘Apply for New Registration’, and follow the prompts.

Complete all the information required at each step, answer the declarations, and organise your payment.

Please note: You cannot directly apply for a specific type/category of registration. When you apply for registration, the type/category of registration granted is determined by your qualifications and other aspects of your application. For more information, please see our page about types of registration.

In Tasmania, annual registration fees are for the calendar year, regardless of when you apply for registration. For example, if you pay for one year of registration commencing in 2022, your registration will expire on 31 December 2022 whether you applied in February or October.

Applications for registration open in TRB Online from 1 September each year. Please choose carefully when selecting which year you want your registration to start, as you can choose the current year or the following calendar year. ‘Start year’ is the first question on the application.

Applications incur an application fee of $59.11 and an annual registration fee of $110.18. You can pay for one year at a time or up to five years in advance.

  • 1 year = $169.29 (application fee + 1 x annual registration fee)
  • 2 years = $279.47 (application fee + 2 x annual registration fee)
  • 3 years = $389.65 (application fee + 3 x annual registration fee)
  • 4 years = $499.83 (application fee + 4 x annual registration fee)
  • 5 years = $610.01 (application fee + 5 x annual registration fee)

Application fees
Application fees are not refundable or transferable.

Annual registration fees
Once your registration is granted, the annual registration fee for the current year cannot be refunded. Annual registration fees for future years are refundable. To request a refund, email enquiries@trb.tas.gov.au.

3. Provide the Board with certified copies of documentary evidence

All hard copies of documentary evidence must be correctly certified and mailed to the Board. We can only accept evidence electronically if it meets the requirements for certified evidence.

All applicants must provide appropriate proof of identity and evidence of all names they have been known by. For more information on how to provide documentary evidence, please see our fact sheets on:

Evidence requirements for specific applicant situations:

If you hold a current teacher registration for the school sector elsewhere in Australia or in New Zealand, you must provide a certified copy of your current registration card or certificate/s showing:

  • jurisdiction
  • registration category
  • expiry date.

If your registration certificate is only available online, please send us a copy via post or email. It does not need to be certified. We will verify your registration status using the relevant regulatory authority’s register of teachers.

If you hold current accreditation with NESA, please include your NESA Statement of Accreditation/Summary Report and your invoice from ‘eTAMs Help’ confirming your fees are current.

If you previously held full registration (in the last five years) for the school sector elsewhere in Australia or in New Zealand, you may be required to provide evidence of employment and registration. To do this you must provide:

  • original or certified copies of Statement(s) of Service from one or more employers (relief days, contracts, fractional workloads, and permanent employment all count for this purpose)
  • a certified copy of your previous teacher registration card/certificate or an original ‘Letter of Professional Standing’.

If you have previously held teacher registration in Tasmania, we should already have your proof of identity evidence. You only need to provide additional proof of identity if you have changed your name since you last held teacher registration.

For more information, please see our fact sheets on:

Qualification upgrade requirement
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) sets the minimum qualification benchmark for trainers and assessors in the vocational education and training (VET) sector who deliver accredited qualifications in its Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). These standards form part of the ASQA VET Quality Framework, a system that ensures the integrity of nationally recognised training in Australia. RTOs must comply with the VET Quality Framework at all times.

The qualification criteria for Specialist Vocational Education and Training (SpVET) registration has changed to reflect these changed requirements for RTOs.

You may need to provide additional evidence that you meet the qualification criteria before SpVET registration can be granted. If you hold TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and have completed the upgrade of two additional units, you must provide evidence to the Board.

For more information, please see our fact sheet on qualification evidence requirements.

If you have lived outside of Australia as an adult for one year or more in the last decade, an international police history check (or its equivalent) is required for all countries you have lived in.

Please list all international residency on your application’s ‘Declarations’ page. For each country, list the month and year you moved there and the month and year you left.

A member of our Professional Conduct Team will contact you to discuss your application when we receive it.

4. Notification of teacher registration status

If the Board approves your application for Tasmanian teacher registration:

  • you will be notified by email
  • your name will go on the Tasmanian Register of Teachers*
  • you can log in to your TRB Online account to view/print your certificate* and read about your rights and responsibilities as a Tasmanian teacher.

If the Board does not approve your application for Tasmanian teacher registration you will be notified in writing.

*View your registration status, registration category, registration number, financial expiry date, and registration cycle expiry date.

How long will my application take to process?

Applications can take up to four weeks to finalise, but many are finalised in approximately 10 business days. When your application is complete (submitted in TRB online, fees paid and correctly certified evidence received) we must assess your qualifications and request a national police history check.

Approximately 40 percent of police checks are returned in 10-21 days, but we cannot control how long it takes. We must confirm your character and fitness to teach to finalise your application, and we can only do that once we receive your police check. Every application is processed as quickly as possible.


You cannot legally teach in Tasmania until you receive formal notification from the Board that your registration has been approved.