Information to assist educators who are assessors for national certification or for those who are interested in becoming an assessor

National Standards

A nationally consistent approach to certification must maintain uniformity of standards and judgements across the nation, while being able to be implemented at scale in the diverse contexts in which Australian teachers work. To ensure national consistency, rigor and quality of certification, certifying authorities certify teachers against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST), using assessors of the highest quality who successfully complete the national Assessor Training Program (ATP) developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Aspiring assessors are required to have a high-level knowledge and understanding of the APST and a general understanding of the national Certification process.

Having a trained Assessor on staff who has a comprehensive understanding of the APST, and the national Certification process provides great benefits for their school. Assessors contribute to the professional learning of their colleagues through applying an evidence-informed approach to support teacher practice to positively impact student learning.

Role of the Assessor

  • Assessors will assess an applicant’s achievements against the APST to determine if they meet the required standard to be certified as a Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher.
  • Assessors are trained in the certification and assessment process and will have the expertise to assess against the APST at the relevant career stage and in the applicant’s context.
  • Assessors for Catholic School Authorities (CSAs) will be identified, selected and supported by their relevant Principal and CSA.
  • Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) will co-ordinate and manage Assessor training in conjuction with the QCT.
  • Assessors must continue to meet the eligibility criteria and conditions to be appointed to undertake assessments.

Eligibility and Conditions

  • Assessors must hold current full registration with Queensland College of Teachers.
  • Assessors must be employed by a Queensland CSA (unless retired).
  • Assessors must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Assessors must not currently be subject to formal performance management processes.
  • Assessors must have a minimum of nine years successful teaching and/or education experience, including some of which must have been undertaken in a Catholic school setting within the last five years.
  • Assessors must successfully complete all required Assessor training within the timeframe set by the QCT before being appointed.
  • Trained assessors will form part of a ‘community of practice’, a pool of CSA Assessors who will be used to undertake assessments of HALT applications.
  • QCEC will seek to deploy all Assessors in the pool once before offering a second deployment to an Assessor, to limit the impact of absence on schools hosting Assessors and to make best use of all qualified Assessors.

It is estimated that the time required to undertake the assessment per application for certification will be approximately:

  • Assessment Stage 1:  6-8 hours (for Highly Accomplished Teacher) hours, 8-12 hours (for Lead Teacher) assessing the collection of evidence, referee contact, conferring with another Assessor as required and writing a Stage 1 report.
  • Assessment Stage 2:  Approximately one day to undertake observation of practice (including travel time to site), and 2-3 hours for professional discussions, report writing and to provide recommendation.
  • Unsuccessful HALT applicants at Stage 1 do not progress to Stage 2.
  • An Assessor in the pool will be appointed to undertake each individual applicant’s assessment taking into consideration: geographical location of the Assessor/applicant, conflict of interest issues and compatibility of Assessor/applicant (i.e. area of expertise, specialisation, level, etc.).
  • Principals will need to be prepared to support an Assessor in their school to undertake the training and participate in the assessment processes required in the role in acknowledgement of the potential value to the school in having a trained Assessor on staff.
  • An important role of CSA Assessors is to assist with raising understanding and promoting the certification process among teachers in Catholic schools.

Other requirements of an Assessor

  • Meet all Assessor eligibility criteria.
  • Successfully complete the AITSL National Assessor Training Program presented by the QCT. This will require completion of online modules and three days of face-to-face training (approximately 50 hours in total).
  • Undertake assessment of applications for certification in keeping with the requirements of the National Certification process.
  • Complete required documentation and reporting for Stages 1 and 2 of the certification process.
  • Provide written reports, to the QCT, at Assessment Stage 1 and 2 of the certification process.
  • Participate in all moderation activities as required by the QCT and/or AITSL.
  • Comply with all lawful instructions in performing their duties and perform all duties diligently, honestly and to the best of their ability.
  • Maintain confidentiality, report any potential conflict of interests, act ethically and carry out all duties in a professional manner.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with CSAs, other Assessors, the QCT and QCEC.
  • Maintain current full registration with QCT.

For more information about becoming a CSA Assessor, please email:

QCEC Assessor Guidelines