Eligibility for Registration
To be eligible for teacher registration in Tasmania you will need to meet the following criteria:
- have completed an approved, accredited qualification
- have a current registration to work with vulnerable people (RWVP)
- be of good character and fit to teach
- meet minimum English language proficiency requirements.
Please see more information below about each of these 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 and 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 to determine if they are comparable to Australian accredited ITE programs and meet the Board requirements. You must request an assessment before you apply for registration.
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.
Changes to the requirement for registration to work at TasTAFE come into effect from July 2022.
Registration to Work with Vulnerable People
All applicants are required to hold current Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP) with the Tasmanian Department of Justice.
Applying for a RWVP through the Department of Justice can take a few weeks, so it is strongly recommended that you apply as soon as possible to limit any delay to approval of your teacher registration. Applicants record their RWVP details in their TRB Online account as part of their application for teacher registration.
RWVP status is automatically validated by the Department of Justice.
Tasmanian teachers must ensure their RWVP remains up to date and does not expire.
If you need to apply for RWVP, please visit the Tasmanian Government’s Registration to Work with Vulnerable People (RWVP) website for current requirements.
Good character and fitness to teach
In order to maintain public confidence in the teaching profession teachers are to be of, good character and fit to teach, pursuant to the Teachers Registration Act 2000.
Consideration of good character and fitness to teach includes consideration of any behaviour of the person that does not satisfy a standard of behaviour generally expected of a teacher and shows the person is unfit to be granted teacher registration or a limited authority to teach (LAT).
English language proficiency
All applicants for registration must have a level of English proficiency that enables them 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 a minimum of four years of higher education in any of these countries:
- Republic of Ireland
- Canada (where tertiary studies were completed in English)
- United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
- New Zealand
- United States of America
If you do not automatically meet this requirement, English language proficiency can be demonstrated through one of these assessments:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic assessment
- an average band score of at least 7.5 across all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing)
- a score of at least 8 in speaking and listening
- no score below 7 in any of the four skill areas.
- International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) assessment
- Requires an average score/result of at least 4 in all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing)
- Only valid if provided by an approved testing site where the assessment is teacher-focused.
The English language proficiency assessment must have occurred no more than two years prior to the date that your application for registration is submitted. The required scores must be obtained in one test. An exemption from completing an English language test may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
More information is available in the English Language Proficiency Policy.