28 APRIL 2020
We will help maintain your registration during COVID-19
VIT understands that the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) may have an impact on some teachers' ability to undertake their registration requirements.
We remain focused on assisting Victorian teachers, early childhood teachers and their employers as we move through the challenging months ahead. As such, we are endeavouring to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on teachers' registration requirements where possible.
The 2020-21 renewal process will continue as usual but, as outlined below, we will be relaxing some of the annual requirements. VIT will keep you informed with everything you need to know about the upcoming renewal period and the plan to transition teachers into the new registration system.
What if I can’t meet my registration requirements?
We recognise it’s a difficult time for teachers, and we appreciate the great work you’re doing in these circumstances. Here are some changes we’re making to support you during COVID-19 restrictions.
I’m (fully) registered. What if I can’t demonstrate that I have completed 20 days of teaching when I renew my registration in 2020?
VIT recognises the impact of COVID-19 on the teaching profession, in particular casual relief teachers and early childhood teachers.
Teachers delivering their lessons in a remote context will be able to count those days to meet the recency of practice requirement.
If teachers are unable to demonstrate at least 20 days of teaching / educational leadership / equivalent practice in the past 12 months, they will be provided with the option to declare that they have undertaken
- 40 days teaching at any time during the previous two years;
- 60 days over the previous three years;
- 80 days over the previous four years; or
- 100 days over the previous five years.
Where possible, teachers should keep a record of the days they complete. For those who are still unable to meet the requirements during 2020, this will not be an impediment to nor preclude them from registration renewal.
I am (fully) registered. What if I can’t demonstrate that I have completed 20 hours of professional development when I renew my registration in 2020?
Any professional learning undertaken from 1 October 2019 until 30 September 2020 counts towards your 20 hours of professional development (PD).
VIT acknowledges that many face-to-face professional learning activities are not taking place due to COVID-19. While this may have disrupted professional learning plans, it is expected that teachers will be able to undertake collaborative online learning, professional reading and other online professional development activities.
Working remotely requires specific teaching and learning skills. Any professional learning you have engaged with to develop your ability to deliver remote learning can be used towards the 20 hours of PD requirement. Read our latest news item for a wide range of professional learning resources related to the remote teaching context.
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Where possible, teachers should keep a record of the hours they complete. For those who are still unable to meet the requirements during 2020, this will not be an impediment to nor preclude them from registration renewal
I am provisionally registered. What if I can't complete my 80 days of teaching so I can move to (full) registration during this time?
Provisionally registered teachers (PRTs) unable to meet their professional practice requirements (80 days of teaching) and demonstrate proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers will be granted an additional 12 months of provisional registration. In this instance, PRTs are encouraged to apply for a further grant of provisional registration (no more than 4 months before their expiry date) through their MyVIT account.
I am provisionally registered. Can I undertake my inquiry during COVID-19 restrictions?
VIT understands that many provisionally registered teachers (PRTs) may still be in a position to be able to complete all of the regulatory requirements of the process. We encourage PRTs who are able to complete applications for (full) registration within their originally planned timeframe to do so, and we will continue to process applications.
If you intend to complete the (full) registration process in a remote teaching context, you must consult with your workplace and mentor to agree that all regulatory requirements can be met via this process. Read information about how to undertake your inquiry during COVID-19 restrictions here.
I have a Permission to Teach grant. What if I can't complete or progress to formal teaching qualifications during this time?
If you have been unable to complete or progress to formal teaching qualifications as a result of COVID-19, you can apply for a further grant of 12 months of Permission to Teach.
I am returning to teach from non-practising registration. What if I can’t demonstrate the 20 days’ practice and / or 20 hours’ professional development requirements?
The same concessions for recency of practice and professional learning (as above) will apply.
Where possible, teachers should keep a record of the days of practice and hours of professional development they complete. For those who are still unable to meet the requirements during 2020, this will not be an impediment. They will be able to apply to renew their registration and VIT will allow an additional 12 months to provide evidence to enable them to return to teaching from non-practising registration (20 days of teaching practice and 20 hours of professional learning).
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