Returning to the register requires more than payment of an annual fee. If a teacher reapplies for registration in the future, there will be application fees involved. Maintaining registration for three years is often less expensive than reapplying.
For most teachers the renewal process takes five minutes every five years. If they instead allow their registration to end, and subsequently reapply, the process is more involved.
Gaining registration again will require a full application process. Teachers may have to supply additional documentation, and they will not be able to teach until granted registration.
If a teacher is on an extended period of leave from a school, but still employed there, they should check with their employer before allowing their registration to end.
A teacher’s leave arrangements may require them to hold registration. Remember, teachers can renew even if they are not teaching.
Requirements for registration change over time. For example, until the 1990s some teachers met qualification requirements with less than four years of higher education. If they allow their registration to end, and later decide to reapply, they may not meet current requirements for registration.
These teachers may not be able to gain registration again without additional studies.
Teachers may hold an exemption card because they are registered with the QCT. This system allows them to work in regulated child-related services without requiring a blue card. For example:
Allowing their registration to end would invalidate a teacher’s exemption card and they would need to apply for a blue card.
A teacher may require registration for roles other than teaching in schools. For example: