As part of the process of moving to (full) registration, a provisionally registered teacher (PRT) needs to present the evidence they've collected to a recommendation panel in their school or early childhood (EC) service.

The panel then assesses their evidence of practice, and makes a determination whether the PRT has met the 37 descriptors of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) at Proficient Teacher level and undertaken the VIT Inquiry process.

The principal / panel chair will then complete a recommendation for registration.

The application process: step-by-step

Step 1

Gather evidence of professional practice

Refer to the checklist (page 26) in the Supporting PRT’s Guide PDF, 12541.55 KB to ensure you have the required evidence of professional practice.

Step 2

Arrange for a panel to assess your evidence

Ensure you have given prior notice and arranged for a panel to be convened to assess your evidence. Your mentor may be able to assist you do this. Organise a time for the meeting, ensuring this is convenient for all members. The meeting should take about 30–45 minutes. In some circumstances, you may be assigned a time for your meeting by your educational leader or principal.

Step 3

Provide your evidence and the short guide to referencing the standards

Refer to the short guide to referencing the standards (pages 36 - 38) in the Supporting PRT’s Guide PDF, 12541.55 KB and provide copies of your evidence of professional practice to your panel members, allowing sufficient time for them to consider your evidence prior to the meeting.

Step 4

Initiating application for full registration

Initiate an application for (full) registration through your MyVIT portal.

Step 5

The meeting and panel consideration of your evidence of professional practice

The purpose of the meeting with your panel is to provide an opportunity for you to present your evidence of practice for their assessment of whether you have demonstrated the standards and their descriptors at the Proficient Teacher level. Be prepared to present a brief overview of your evidence, explaining how the evidence has been developed and where you have demonstrated the APST.

The meeting is also an ideal time for you to reflect on your development as a teacher during the time you have gathered your evidence. In the discussion that follows, panel members may ask questions seeking clarification or further information about your evidence.

The aim for the panel is a consensus view of whether your evidence meets the standards and their descriptors.

Once you have presented your evidence and answered any questions, your panel members will confer about whether your evidence references the Proficient Teacher standards and their descriptors. Using the short guide to referencing the standards PDF, 400.54 KB, they will tick off each descriptor as they work through your evidence.

Step 6

Finalising application for teacher or early childhood teacher registration

Following the panel, your principal / panel chair will complete a recommendation report and submit to VIT.

Step 7

Granting (full) registration

Where all requirements have been met, you will be granted teacher or early childhood teacher registration by VIT. This registration indicates that you have attained the Proficient Teacher level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Once your registration is approved, you will be mailed a registration card with details of your new registration status.

VIT audits

To ensure compliance, registered teachers may be subject to an audit process. VIT randomly selects teachers to provide a copy of their evidence of professional practice. Original documents will be accepted by VIT, but will not be returned. You should provide all evidence that was used by your panel to make a recommendation.

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The structure of the panel

VIT recommends the below composition for panels.

School setting

Early childhood setting

  • Your principal (or their delegate)
  • A registered teacher who has participated in VIT’s mentor training program
  • A registered teaching colleague nominated by you, who knows your work.
  • A registered early childhood teacher
  • A registered early childhood teacher or teacher who has participated in VIT’s mentor training program
  • Another registered early childhood teacher or teacher colleague nominated by you, who knows your work
The principal can assume the role of panel chair. Any panel member can assume the role of panel chair.

In some cases, there may need to be variations to the panel composition.

Read more about the workplace recommendation panel PDF, 1408.95 KB.