Professional development

As a registered teacher or early childhood teacher, you will need to engage in at least 20 hours of professional development (PD) activities, each year to renew your registration.

Your PD must be referenced to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and address at least one standard in each of the three domains of the APST: Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement. 

For example:

If completing first aid training is an organisational requirement for you, then this will address APST 7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements.

APST 7.2 is in the Professional Engagement domain of the standards, so to meet the PD requirements you will also have to complete PD that addresses at least one standard in the Professional Knowledge domain and one standard in the Professional Practice domain.

You should retain evidence of any PD you have undertaken in case you are selected for audit. You can store information and upload documents about your PD in your MyVIT portal.

If you haven't already done so, some of the PD activities you undertake must build your capacity to teach learners with a disability.

Choosing PD activities 

PD IDEAS: where can you source quality professional development?

If you’re looking for quality PD sources, there are a wide range of options - especially for teachers who work in circumstances that make it difficult to access PD.

Watch this video to find out more.

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VIT has no list of required PD activities for renewal of registration. You should consider your individual professional learning needs in relation to your context of teaching, the needs of your learners and the priorities of your learning environment or education sector.

Thinking about professional practice in terms of the APST will help you select PD activities that will keep your knowledge and practice updated. When selecting PD activities consider asking:

How does this activity contribute to my professional knowledge and how will I apply that knowledge to my practice to support the learning of those I teach?’ 

The Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders helps all teachers to select and reflect on their professional development. Early Childhood Teachers can use this too.

A range of special needs PD activities are currently available for teachers and early childhood teachers who need to complete this PD.

Types of PD activities

You may engage in a range of activities that update your professional knowledge and practice. These may be undertaken individually or with colleagues, in your learning environment or externally and online or face-to-face.

The following diagram provides an understanding of the range and variety of methods you can use to update your professional knowledge and practice.

PD activities diagram 

Recording PD activities

When you renew your registration we may ask you to provide evidence of the PD activities you have undertaken to meet the renewal requirements.

You will be asked to show:

  • the date and duration of the PD activity
  • a brief description of the type of activity
  • the relationship between the APST and the PD activity

You may also show:

  • where you have undertaken PD that relates to teaching learners with disabilities.

You can provide evidence of your PD activities by using one or more of the following sources:

  • Certificate of attendance or participation in a PD activity.
  • Verification by a principal, employer, professional learning coordinator or appropriate leader of your engagement in PD activities. 
  • Receipts of payment for courses or activities.
  • Academic transcripts.
  • Using your personal reflection that explains how the PD activity;
    • addresses the APST
    • contributes to your professional knowledge and practice
    • supports learning for those you teach.

How you keep your records is up to you and may include:

  • recording your activities and uploading evidence by using our online tool MyPD, which is available by accessing your MyVIT account
  • keeping hard-copy records
  • documentation associated with PD plans, or other records of PD activities.

Providing teacher PD

Please keep in mind that we do not accredit PD. 

As a provider, if you wish to promote your PD for the purposes of registration and renewal, you will need to ensure it is referenced against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).

Teacher PD can be characterised by activities that:

  • demonstrate a focus on teacher growth and extending professional knowledge
  • contribute to increased expertise and improved practice with the goal of improving student learning outcomes
  • extend a teacher's professional learning and capacity in relation to the APST.

Some examples of activities include: 

  • school-based curriculum days, meetings, team activities, projects and trials.
  • sector initiatives such as trials and projects.
  • professional conferences, seminars, workshops and networks.
  • research, training and courses. 
  • professional reading

It is the teacher's responsibility to:

  • identify how the activity addresses the relevant standards
  • articulate how the activity supports their professional growth. 

Find out more about our requirements for registration renewal.

Visit the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) where you will find stimulus materials and resources related to the charter.

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