Significance of Registration
Teacher registration recognises the significant role of teaching as a profession. Teachers occupy positions of trust and responsibility within society. Registration ensures that a high standard of preparation, conduct and practice is upheld. The Queensland College of Teachers, through teacher registration, provides independent, representative and professional voices for teachers along with promoting and advocating the teaching profession.
Queensland has a long and proud history of teacher registration.
Gaining professional registration is an important landmark in a teacher’s career.
It means the teacher has met the professional standards for entry into the profession in Queensland, and opens the way for continuing professional learning and development in the future.
Standards which must be met relate to qualifications and suitability to teach. To satisfy the requirements of the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005, criminal history checks are conducted on all applicants prior to admission to the Register.
Anyone who wishes to teach in Queensland schools must be registered with the Queensland College of Teachers.
Categories of registration
Full registration is usually granted upon completion of one year of full time classroom practice or the part-time equivalent, successful demonstration of the professional standards for full registration and completion of a provisional to full recommendation report.
Applying for registration
Applicants registered in other Australian states and territories (except New South Wales) or New Zealand may choose to apply under the mutual recognition provision.
All other applicants need to complete an online Application for Teacher Registration . Please read the information provided on how to complete the form and details of the required supporting documentation before completing an application.
Very experienced teachers may be considered for full registration if they meet the professional standards for full registration and can provide supporting documentation.
The application fee must be paid before the application can be processed.
The process for assessing an application is rigorous, ensuring that only suitably qualified teachers who meet the Suitability to Teach criteria are granted registration to teach in Queensland. Delays may occur in the processing of applications if the required information and documentation is not provided.
Should the QCT refuse a person registration to teach on the basis that they have not met the academic requirements for registration, or refuse a person permission to teach on the basis they have not met the criteria for granting a permission to teach, the person may seek a review of the decision by making an application for review to the Internal Review Committee.
Should you require a paper copy of the Application for Teacher Registration form, please
Transitioning to a different area of teaching: some useful tips
The QCT sets qualification requirements for the registration of teachers and registers the person as a ‘teacher’, not as an early years, primary or specialist secondary teacher. A registered teacher can legally be employed to teach any year level in a school. The specific subjects, grades or classes assigned to a registered teacher are ultimately decided by the school/employer.
However, for teachers wanting to upgrade their skills to transition from primary to secondary teaching or vice versa; or to early childhood teaching, some useful tips can be found here .