Information to assist educators who have been asked to be a referee for an applicant for national certification
One of the applicant’s referees must be their current Principal (or their appointed delegate). The other referees are nominated by the applicant. Referees may include, but are not limited to:
- Classroom teachers,
- School leaders,
- Education consultants,
- Teacher educators, and
- Other specialist staff with knowledge and understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).
All referees, (other than the applicant’s current principal, or the principal’s delegate), have the option to say no to an applicant’s referee request.
Applicants can select referees who they have previously worked with in school settings other than their current school, to verify their evidence of practice.
If the Applicant is applying for Lead Teacher career stage, at least one referee must have knowledge of the Lead Initiative led by the applicant.
Referees can also apply for certification at the same time as being a referee for an applicant.
Assessors can be a referee for an applicant however, they would need to declare their knowledge of the applicant as part of the conflict of interest process.
Role of the Referee
The time commitment required by referees will depend on the content of the applicant’s portfolio. Some applicants may ask their colleagues to be a referee for a number of Standard Descriptors, while other colleagues may be a referee for only one Descriptor.
It is important that applicants meet with their referee to take them though their portfolio and discuss the evidence they are providing against the Standard Descriptors. Applicants need to be clear, by indicating on the Referee Statement template, which Standard Descriptors they would like the referee to verify.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to collate and include all signed Referee Statements with their application for certification submitted to the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) for Stage 1 assessment.
It is important that referees understand that they are not being asked to provide a character reference but rather a statement of how the applicant’s evidence of practice demonstrates the Standards. It is not the referee’s role to assess an applicant’s portfolio of evidence.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)