Certification of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers

Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers

Certification is a process whereby experienced classroom teachers in Queensland schools voluntarily pursue national Certification to demonstrate their teaching skills and abilities at the higher career-stages of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).

Certification supports teachers to document their practice at the HAT or LT career stage of the APST. Assessment is made against all the descriptors of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST):

Certification is portable as Highly Accomplished Teachers (HATs) and Lead Teachers (LTs) are certified through a national process applied by Certifying Authorities in each participating state or territory.


Deciding to apply for Certification requires considerable reflection from teachers about their practice against the APST. AITSL has provided a Teacher Self-Assessment Tool to support this reflection:

The national certification process is detailed in the Guide to the Certification of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers in Australia, which includes eligibility requirements.


To read about the experiences of certification of recently certified teachers and assessors who took part in the Department pilot of Certification, refer to Stories on the QCT website. These stories provide useful advice and tips for applicants.


For employer specific information about applications:

Department of Education:

Queensland Catholic Education Commission:

Independent Schools Queensland:

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