The Association of Independent Schools values quality teaching and recognises the importance of professional growth and development in improving outcomes for students. The Association established the Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority (ISTAA) to provide teachers in schools that adopted a NSW/ACT Standards or Hybrid Model Multi-Enterprise Agreement or a Tasmanian Independent Christian Schools (Teacher) Multi- Enterprise Agreement 2019 (CMEA) with a means to demonstrate the quality of their teaching and as a result increase their remuneration.

Accreditation provides a consistent and transparent process to assure the quality of teaching in our schools and provide the basis for ongoing growth and development of teachers to raise the outcomes of education for students. The Professional Teaching Standards define the qualities of effective teaching. They describe the knowledge, skills and practices expected of teachers at different stages of their careers, and provide a framework for critical reflection, professional development and growth.

ISTAA Teacher Accreditation: 
Professional growth in and beyond the classroom


  • Learn in their classroom with and from colleagues, using research and feedback
  • Develop quality teaching practice and improve student educational outcomes
  • Build their leadership practice and collaborative skills
  • Gain recognition and respect from students, colleagues and parents

Accreditation Updates

New 2025 Experienced Teacher Accreditation Manual >

We are pleased to announce that the new 2025 Experienced Teacher Accreditation Manual is now available.

Start your 2025 Experienced Teacher accreditation journey now >

Experienced Teacher accreditation offers you the opportunity to gain recognition when your current skills and practice are consistently beyond the level of a Proficient teacher. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on and further develop your teaching practice.

Update on 2025 Experienced Teacher accreditation and key dates >

We are pleased to announce that following feedback from principals, further enhancements are coming to Experienced Teacher accreditation for the 2025 cohort as AISNSW continues to provide more streamlined and flexible processes.

Teacher Accreditation Pathways

Proficient Teacher

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2024 Experienced Teacher Accreditation

For teachers applying in 2023.
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2025 Experienced Teacher Accreditation

For teachers applying in 2024.
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Professional Excellence

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