HAT & LT Certification: Applicant Support Program 2024

The QCT are facilitating an Applicant Support Program for all eligible Queensland teachers intending to apply for certification at the Highly Accomplished or Lead career stage, from July to October 2024.

The program consists of a range of downloadable resources, and a series of videos and interactive webinars that are designed to help applicants, referees, and school leaders to understand:

  • the application process and requirements
  • the role of the APST when applying for certification
  • how to effectively evidence practice
  • where to find resources and support.

Download the 2024 Applicant Support Program schedule.

Register for interactive webinars.

Downloadable resources

Please view and download these resources prior to viewing the video vignettes and attending the webinars. Additional resources are available at the bottom of this page.

Guidelines: Certification of Highly Accomplished and Lead teachers in Queensland

Guidelines: Certification of Highly Accomplished and Lead teachers in Queensland


View the Guidelines in a flip book

Guidelines for certification referees

Guidelines for certification referees

FAQ - Certification Application Referees

Certification Annotation Planning Template

Lead Teacher Verification

Classroom Practice Continuum

Evidence Map

Information sessions

Participants are encouraged to watch the video vignettes prior to joining the corresponding webinar. The webinars will be interactive, and participants will have the opportunity to ask the facilitators questions. Questions and answers will be provided as notes following the live webinars.

Note: Webinar registration numbers will be capped, please register promptly to secure your place

  1. Understanding the Standards

    Unpack the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards) to understand the language used in the descriptors and the difference between the two career stages (Highly Accomplished and Lead).

  2. Certification process

    Understand what is required in preparing an application for certification,
    from eligibility to completing Stage 2.

  3. Effective evidence

    What does quality and effective evidence look like? Learn the difference between evidence, artefact, and evidence set.

  4. Annotating evidence

    Learn how to compose purposeful and effective annotations, and understand the link between career stage, the Standards and evidence.

  5. Artefacts in focus

    Unpack a sample of evidence to discover how artefacts should best demonstrate evidence of the Standards.

  6. Referees

    Who do you choose, what do they do? Discover how to invite a referee and understand how they can support you in certification.

  7. Application – plan, prepare & present

    How to compile and submit your application.

Key dates for certification


5 – 19 August Expression of interest open for teachers employed in state or Catholic schools
9 September – 8 October Evidence sample feedback open for EOI state school teachers
4 – 21 October Evidence sample feedback open for EOI Catholic school teachers


3 – 17 March Application portal open for state school teachers
26 May – 9 June 2025 Application portal open for Catholic school teachers

Additional resources

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (PDF, 2.0MB)
Highly Accomplished career stage descriptors
Lead career stage descriptors
Highly Accomplished and Lead teacher certification Policy 2024
AITSL Teacher Self-assessment tool
Applicant Profile


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