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 in the Supporting PRT’s Guide PDF, 12539.27 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 in the Supporting PRT’s Guide PDF, 12539.27 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 account. Watch the video below to find out everything you need to know about applying for (full) registration through your MyVIT account.

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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

Registered teachers may be selected to complete an audit process. Audits can occur anywhere up to two years after being granted (full) registration. To ensure the successful completion of an audit, you should keep your evidence during this time. 

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The structure of the panel

VIT expects the below composition for panels.

School setting

Early childhood setting

  • A VIT registered principal (or their delegate)
  • A registered school teacher or early childhood teacher who has completed an EMP or VIT mentor training program
  • A registered school teacher or early childhood teacher colleague nominated by you, who is familiar with your work.
  • A VIT registered early childhood teacher
  • A registered school teacher or early childhood teacher who has completed an EMP or VIT mentor training program
  • A registered school teacher or early childhood teacher colleague nominated by you, who is familiar with your work.
The principal can assume the role of panel chair. If the education leader in the EC service is a (fully) registered teacher with VIT, they should assume the role of the panel chair.

If the education leader is not a (fully) registered teacher, the VIT trained mentor should assume the role of panel chair.

Any deviation from the expected panel composition must be approved by VIT.

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