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Assessment of overseas qualifications

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Registration to teach in Tasmania is required to apply for teaching roles in Tasmanian schools and TasTAFE. If you studied to be a teacher overseas, the Board must assess your qualifications to determine if they are comparable to Australian accredited initial teacher education programs and meet Board requirements. The assessment will also determine if you meet the English language proficiency requirements for registration. Once it has been determined that you meet these criteria, you can apply for registration.

The Board only undertakes assessments of international qualifications for Tasmanian residents and non-Tasmanian residents who are seeking (or have a bona fide intention of seeking) employment as a teacher in a Tasmanian school, college, or TasTAFE.

You should only request an assessment when you have all the required documentation.

Please wait until your Skills Assessment Certificate is issued and it has been deemed that you are suitable for a nominated occupation as a teacher. Skills Assessment Certificates are issued by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Once you have met this requirement, please contact us by email at trb.admin@trb.tas.gov.au before requesting an assessment.

To be eligible for teacher registration in Tasmania you must be able to meet all four qualification criteria:

1 – A teaching qualification that meets these requirements:

a) Prepares students to be teachers
b) Contains general education studies
c) Contains discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies
d) Includes professional experiences in a school setting

2 – A conferred degree that meets these requirements:
You must hold a conferred degree/s awarded by a higher education institution/s that equates to four years of (full-time equivalent) tertiary study.

3 – A pattern of tertiary study that aligns with one of these requirements:
The Board may recognise the following higher education qualifications (a degree awarded by a higher education institution) for teacher registration:

a) Other national and international four-year undergraduate initial teacher education (ITE) programs assessed as comparable to those currently approved by the Board.

b) Other national and international two-year graduate entry or postgraduate ITE programs assessed as comparable to that currently approved by the Board, combined with the equivalent of a suitable three-year undergraduate degree (minimum).

c) Other national and international one-year graduate entry or postgraduate ITE programs assessed as comparable to those currently approved by other Australian regulatory authorities or the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, combined with the equivalent of a suitable three-year undergraduate degree (minimum).

d) Other national and international programs of teacher education, as the Board may determine in a particular case, where the applicant has tertiary qualifications that are assessed as being equivalent to a four-year degree (minimum) when combined with the teacher education programs.

4 – The professional experience components of your ITE program are sufficient and evidenced

The professional experience components (practicum) of an ITE program must consist of supervised and assessed teaching practice undertaken over a substantial and sustained period, in a recognised school setting. The professional experiences are as diverse as possible and provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to observe and participate purposefully in a school/site as early in the program as is practical. Sufficient professional experience is:

  • at least 80 days in a four-year undergraduate or double-degree ITE program
  • at least 60 days in a two-year graduate entry or postgraduate ITE program
  • at least 45 days in a one-year graduate entry or postgraduate ITE program.

The professional experience component of your ITE program must be evidenced by a letter from the awarding university (not teaching college if affiliated). The letter must provide details of the professional experience undertaken as part of the course and include:

  • the name of the ITE program
  • the name of the school/s, location, level (e.g., primary/secondary), and grade where you undertook the professional experience
  • the total number of days that involved directly teaching students in the school/s

You should only request an assessment when you can provide all the required documentation. Please see our fact sheet on certifying your evidence correctly before organising certified copies of your evidence.

Proof of identity
You must provide evidence of all names you have been known by. A certified copy of one of the following documents is required:

  • Full birth certificate (birth extracts are not accepted)
  • Current or expired passport
  • Australian naturalisation or citizenship document (only valid for this purpose if it lists your place of birth)

If you have been known by any other names you must provide certified copies of documentary evidence of all those names. Suitable evidence includes:

  • a marriage certificate
  • a deed poll
  • a divorce certificate/order (decree absolute)
  • other official name change documentation.

If you are or have been known by a name for which an official name change has not been made, you must provide a statutory declaration clearly stating the name by which you are or have been known.

Proof of qualifications
Certified copies of all the following documentation are required for international tertiary qualifications:

  • Full academic transcript listing all units studied during the program and each unit results/marks/grade indicating that the degree/award was conferred/awarded
  • Testamur (degree certificate)
  • Grading schema to assist with assessment of the qualification (usually printed on the back of the academic transcript)
  • Diploma Supplement (European countries only)

Proof of professional experience
For tertiary teaching qualifications, a letter is required from the awarding university (not teaching college if affiliated). The letter must provide details of the professional experience undertaken as part of the course and state:

  • the name of the initial teacher education program
  • the name of the school/s, location, level (e.g., primary/secondary), and grade where you undertook the professional experience
  • the total number of days that involved directly teaching students in the school/s.

Go to TRB Online and use “Create Login” to establish an account.

Please note
Do not apply for registration until the assessment of your qualifications is complete and you have received a determination from the Board that you are qualified to teach.

To request an assessment, email trb.admin@trb.tas.gov.au and include:

  • your full name
  • your date of birth
  • confirmation that you have collected all the required documentary evidence and had it correctly certified.

We will generate an invoice in your TRB Online account and notify you by email that the invoice is available. You must pay the invoice before your assessment will proceed.

Log in to your TRB Online account and click “View and Pay Invoice” for information about how to make the payment.

Payments can take two to three business days to reconcile in our system. You will receive an email notification once your payment is reconciled. Your payment must be reconciled before the assessment will proceed.

  1. Log in to your TRB Online account
  2. Click on the second blue tab labelled “My Details”
  3. Click the heading “Qualifications” to add your qualifications. Make a separate entry for each qualification awarded and include your major and minor areas of study

Please read our fact sheet on certifying evidence correctly before you organise certified copies of your documentary evidence. We are unable to accept your evidence if it is not correctly certified.

Send your certified documents by mail to:

Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania
GPO Box 539
Hobart
Tasmania   7001

Please note
Any documentary evidence sent without a corresponding TRB Online account will be disposed of by secure shredding after four months from the date it is received.

Assessments generally take six weeks from the time we have all of your correctly certified documentary evidence, your completed self-assessment, and once the assessment fee is paid.

However, it is not unusual for some assessments to take up to eight to ten weeks to complete. We may need to contact regulatory authorities in other jurisdictions for assistance with assessing international qualifications and related documents, which can create delays.

You should only submit your request for an assessment of international qualifications when you have all the required documentation.

Please note
Requests for international assessment where documentation is outstanding, or payment is not received will be cancelled after four months. The assessment fee is non-refundable.