Teachers

Questions and Answers

   

ASSESSMENT PROCESS

 

Q1:

Can AITSL help with migration and visa advice?

 

Q2:

I want to gain a successful outcome. What course should I study?

 

Q3:

What is the reference for AITSL's assessment of overseas qualifications?

 
   

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Q4:

My Bachelor's degree is not related to teaching. Can I still factor this into my assessment?

 

Q5:

What is an initial teacher education qualification?

 

Q6:

What is supervised teaching practice? 

 

Q7:

Does work experience count towards supervised teaching practice?

 

Q8:

I have not completed my qualification.Can I still include it in my application?

 

Q9:

Does an employment/school based route into the teaching profession, such as the Graduate Teacher Program (GTP) or School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in England, meet AITSL's requirements?

 

Q10:

I have qualifications in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or English as a Second Language (ESL). Can I apply for an assessment with AITSL? 

 

Q11:

I have Montessori qualifications. Can I use them as evidence of initial teacher education studies? 

 

Q12:

My initial teacher education qualification doesn’t specify specialist area studies in early childhood, can I still apply for the Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher occupation (ANZSCO Code 241111)?

 
   

EVIDENCE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

 

Q13:

How do I demonstrate English language proficiency? 

 

     

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Q14:

How do I determine which ANZSCO code to select? 

 

Q15:

Can I submit my application form ahead of my supporting documents? 

 

Q16:

I need my assessment urgently. Can AITSL fast track my application? 

 

Q17:

How can I check the progress of my application? 

 

Q18:

How long is an AITSL assessment valid for? 

 

Q19:

My assessment certificate is no longer valid. Can I renew it with AITSL? 

 

Q20:

I want to withdraw my application. Can I get a refund? 

 

     
 

AFTER AN ASSESSMENT

 

Q21:

I disagree with my assessment outcome. What can I do?  

 

Q22:

I have an AITSL Skills Assessment Certificate and I want to claim points for skilled employment as part of the migration process. Can AITSL assist  with this? 

 

Q23:

I have received my Skills Assessment Certificate. What should I do now?

 

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Q1: Can AITSL help with migration and visa advice?

No, AITSL does not answer queries about migration to Australia or provide advice on visas. The Skilled Migration program is continually changing and adapting to Australia's economic needs. Up-to-date information about migration is on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website. AITSL advises all prospective applicants to check the latest requirements for the Skilled Migration program before applying for an assessment.

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Q2: I want to gain a successful assessment outcome. What course should I study?

AITSL does not provide advice on what programs of study to undertake to meet the requirements of this assessment. From time to time the AITSL assessment criteria are reviewed and updated to better reflect current Australian teaching standards. There is a risk that an applicant who commits to a course of study to meet specific assessment criteria may find at the completion of their study the criteria have changed and the qualification is not appropriate.

AITSL will consider each qualification in the context of a total application against the criteria in place at the time of the assessment.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) advises against making educational choices on the basis of hoping to achieve a particular migration outcome as the Skilled Migration program will continue to change.

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Q3: What is the reference for AITSL's assessment of overseas qualifications?

AITSL assesses overseas qualifications using the Country Education Profiles (CEP) which are produced and maintained by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR), the Australian Government authority on the recognition of overseas qualifications in Australia.

In cases where a qualification is not covered by the CEP, other resources such as the UK National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC) and university handbooks may be used.

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Q4: My Bachelor's degree is not related to teaching. Can I still factor this into my assessment?

Yes, provided you have completed a minimum of four years, full time higher education level study of which, one of those years involved completion of an initial teacher education qualification. For example, you may have completed a three year Bachelor of Science degree and a one year Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

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Q5: What is an initial teacher education qualification?

This is the qualification required to teach in an early childhood (pre-primary school), primary or secondary school classroom. The initial teacher education qualification must involve at least one year of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) and be specific to the stage of schooling of the nominated occupation. The final academic transcript for the initial teacher qualification must include a program of professional studies in education including discipline-specific curriculum, pedagogical studies, general education studies and supervised teaching practice relevant to the age range of the students for the occupation you have nominated. 

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Q6: What is supervised teaching practice?

Supervised teaching practice is the compulsory component of an initial teacher education program during which time a student teacher is on a school placement and engaged in the teaching and learning process with school students. This teaching practice is under the supervision of a qualified teacher and university education staff and is formally assessed. A minimum of 45 days of supervised teaching practice with the age range of the students relevant to your nominated occupation is required. University based teaching practice activities undertaken with fellow students and university staff will not be considered. 

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Q7: Does work experience count towards supervised teaching practice?

No, only supervised teaching practice undertaken with school students in a school setting as a requirement of the initial teacher education program will be considered. 

Work experience as a teacher undertaken before or after the completion of an initial teacher education qualification is not considered as supervised teaching practice. This includes employment as a teacher while studying for an initial teacher education qualification as this teaching experience is not a compulsory part of the initial teacher education program.  

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Q8: I have not completed my qualification. Can I still include it in my application?

No. AITSL does not consider incomplete studies in the assessment process. 

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Q9: Does an employment based route into the teaching profession, such as the Graduate Teacher Program (GTP) or School Centred initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in England, meet AITSL's requirements?

Initial teacher education programs that do not result in the issue of a formal academic award, final academic transcript and a statement of supervised teaching practice issues by an accredited higher education institution will not be considered in the assessment process.

The GTP with Qualified Teaching Status enables a graduate to work in a secondary school in England or Wales. It does not enable an applicant to work as a qualified teacher in most other European Union countries and is not recognised in Australia for the purpose of migration or teacher registration. 

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Q10: I have qualifications in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or English as a Second Language (ESL). Can I apply for assessment with AITSL?

No, AITSL completes assessments for the purpose of migration for school teacher occupations only. If your qualification is in TESOL, TEFL or ESL you may need to refer to the SOL for an appropriate occupation. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection can direct you to the relevant assessment authority. 

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Q11: I have Montessori qualifications. Can I use them as evidence of initial teacher education studies?

No, Montessori qualifications are not recognised by AITSL as meeting the professional criterion for the purpose of migration as it is considered a specialised method of teaching.

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Q12: My initial teacher education qualification doesn’t specify specialist area studies in early childhood, can I still apply for the Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher occupation (ANZSCO Code 241111)?

Applicants nominating Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher need to present higher education early childhood initial teacher education qualification/s (undergraduate or post graduate) that includes early childhood teacher education studies such as:

  • Psychology and child development
  • Early childhood education and curriculum studies
  • Early childhood pedagogies
  • Early childhood professional practice
  • History and philosophy of early childhood
  • Family and community contexts

The minimum duration of supervised teaching practice is 45 working days with students across the 3 to 8 age range in education programs prior to and in the early years of Primary School.

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Q13: How do I demonstrate English language proficiency?

All applicants must meet the English language proficiency criterion. The criterion is informed by the nationally consistent teaching registration requirements which represent the standard of English required for teaching in Australia. All applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency by meeting one of the following options:
 
(i) An Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Report Form (TRF) that shows:

  • a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing; and 
  • a score of at least 8.0 for Speaking and Listening.

The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 12 month period prior to submitting an application.

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(ii) An applicant has completed at least four full years of study in higher education (university) in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. This study must have resulted in award of qualification(s) comparable to the educational level of an Australian bachelor degree or higher and must include a recognised initial teacher education qualification.

 

Important Advice for applicants

Applicants who choose and submit evidence for option (ii) (4yrs study) but also submit an IELTS TRF should note that AITSL will consider the IELTS results. If the IELTS TRF does not meet the requirements of option (i) the application will be assessed as not meeting the English language proficiency criterion. Any subsequent application from the same applicant will require submission of a suitable Academic IELTS TRF to meet the English language proficiency criterion.

AITSL reserves the right to ask an applicant to undertake the Academic version of the International English Language Testing System IELTS examination if there is uncertainty about their level of English language profi-ciency. Applicants must achieve a score of seven (7.0) or more for Reading and Writing and a score of eight (8.0) or more for Speaking and Listening.

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Q14: How do I determine which ANZSCO code to select?

AITSL will assess the initial teacher education qualification against the requirements of the occupation nominated. 

As a guide, in Australia, Early Childhood (pre-primary school) teachers teach children aged 3 to 8 years of age. Primary school teachers teach children aged 5 or 6 to 12 years of age. Secondary school teachers teach children aged 13 to 18 years of age.  

AITSL assesses one occupation only per application.

AITSL is not able to advise you on which nominated occupation to select. Refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Australian Skills Recognition Information (ASRI) website

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Q15: Can I submit my application ahead of my supporting documents?

No. AITSL requires all supporting documents at the time the application is submitted.

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Q16: I need my assessment outcome urgently. Can AITSL fast track my application?

No, AITSL does not provide a fast track assessment service. AITSL is committed to processing all applications within 10 weeks from the date of the initial notification email, providing all the required supporting documents are submitted with the application. Assessments will be delayed if AITSL has to request documents after the application has been received. 

If an assessment outcome is needed by a specific date, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure a complete assessment application is lodged well before the date an assessment outcome is required.

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Q17: How can I check the progress of my application?

AITSL provides an online facility at our AITSL Application Status webpage that indicates the status of your application.

Please do NOT contact AITSL for an update, as it will further delay processing times for all applications.

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Q18: How long is an AITSL assessment valid for?

An AITSL Skills Assessment Certificate is valid for two years from the date of issue.

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Q19: My assessment certificate is no longer valid. Can I renew it with AITSL?

No, for a valid assessment criteria you will need to apply for a new assessment. This will require a new application, including a complete set of certified supporting documents and payment in advance of the assessment fee AUD600.

Applications forms are available on the Applying for an Assessment page. Make certain your select the correct occupation application form and review all assessment criteria prior to lodging your new application. Assessment criteria and requirements may have changed since your last application.

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Q20: I want to withdraw my application. Can I get a refund?

AITSL will only issue a refund of AUD500 if the assessment of your application has not commenced. To withdraw your application you will need to notify AITSL in writing via overseasquals@aitsl.edu.au.

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Q21: I disagree with my assessment outcome. What can I do?

Your first step is to contact AITSL to clarify the reason behind your assessment outcome. If you still do not agree after with your outcome, you may request a formal appeal. This request must be made within 60 days of the date of your assessment outcome.

The Assessment Appeal form will be emailed on request then must be lodged within 30 days of receiving the form. The fee for the appeal is AUD $600 payable in advance.

An independent reviewer will consider new information/evidence demonstrating you met the assessment criteria at the time of your initial assessment. If you wish to submit new evidence, obtained after the date of your assessment outcome, you will need to submit a new assessment application.

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Q22: I have an AITSL Skills Assessment Certificate and I want to claim points for skilled employment as part of the migration process. Can AITSL assist with this?

Yes. Applicants who hold a valid AITSL Skills Assessment Certificate may apply to AITSL for a Skilled Employment Statement to assist with claiming of points as part of the Skilled Migration Points Test. For detailed information on the Points Test refer to the New Skilled Visa and Points Test Arrangements website

The AITSL Skilled Employment Statement will provide advice on claims of skilled employment in the nominated occupation or other school teacher occupations on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) comparable to the professional level of that occupation.

To request a Skilled Employment Statement contact AITSL via overseasquals@aitsl.edu.au providing your full name as it appears on the AITSL Skills Assessment Certificate and the reference number. The fee for an AITSL Skilled Employment Statement requested after a Skills Assessment Certificate has been issued is AUD200.

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Q23: I have received my Skills Assessment Certificate. What should I do now?

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