To be granted full registration, provisionally registered teachers are required to gather evidence that their practice meets all eight professional standards (see below).
There are three options for teachers to develop the evidence of their practice to meet the standards of professional practice for full registration.
Only one option should be selected.
These options are summarised in the following table:
In selecting an option, provisionally registered teachers consider the opportunity that each option provides for development of their professional practice in the context of their teaching.
All options focus on observing the practice of others and sharing practice with more experienced colleagues. They offer a chance for provisionally registered teachers to reflect upon the
effectiveness of their teaching practice and the resources they use to promote student learning.
Teachers work from their normal practice and draw on the documents and resources they use in their school or workplace when gathering evidence of their professional practice.
The evaluation of the evidence of professional practice is a school-based process. The evidence is normally presented to and evaluated by a school-based panel.
This process maximises the benefits of professional learning, builds stronger collegial practice within the profession and affirms the professional practice of provisionally registered teachers
within their own professional communities.
When the provisionally registered teacher has documented the evidence required and feels ready to present it for evaluation they will ask their school principal to begin the recommendation process.
This will often occur towards the end of Term 3 or during Term 4. Panels may be convened at any time, provided at least 80 days of teaching has been completed and the evidence has been gathered.
The school panel should include:
In some cases this composition may not be possible and variations to the panel process may occur.
It is this panel of professional peers who make a recommendation to the Institute regarding the full registration of the applicant.
Where the evidence presented demonstrates that the eight standards have been achieved a recommendation for full registration should be made. Teachers are expected to reach a level of competence that
would be reasonable for a teacher at the beginning of their teaching career.
Where the evidence is not complete or insufficient to meet all eight standards a recommendation should be made that provisional registration be continued to develop practice and gather further
evidence of professional practice. The teacher may need to re-apply for provisional registration if they are nearing the end of their second year of registration.
A recommendation report is completed online from the Institute’s website. Provisionally
registered teachers should be provided with feedback from the school panel and a copy of the recommendation report.
It is the responsibility of the provisionally registered teacher to formally apply for full registration. While the school provides essential support, it is the teacher who must ensure the application
is appropriately completed and submitted to the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
The decision to grant full registration rests with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Where there is
a discrepancy between the recommendation of the panel and the view of the provisionally registered
teacher, these applications will automatically be noted as requiring independent review of the evidence
of professional practice. This will mean that the Registration Committee of the Institute, in consultation
with the Standards and Professional Learning Branch, will deal with these on a case-by-case basis seeking further information from both parties and making a determination of registration status.
Teachers are granted up to two years of provisional registration and are expected to apply for full registration during that time. Many teachers employed in schools will complete the evidence based
process to apply for full registration during their first year of registration.
Where personal circumstances or lack of employment means that provisionally registered teachers cannot apply for full registration in their initial two years, they are able to re-apply for a further
period of provisional registration using Form R.