How do I claim my Professional Development hours?

Grok Learning offers professional development accreditation for teachers. Below is the current list of accredited courses. 

Get accredited in NSW, Australia

To claim your PD hours:

  1. Complete the course, you must have answered all the questions and received the completion certificate.
  2. Send an email to support@groklearning.com  with the course title and your NESA account number. 

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Courses available for accreditation:

You can find all the courses on our Launchpad using the NESA button, or see the full list below. 

Course NESA PD Hours Career Stage Notes
BBC micro:bit Crash Course 10 hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
BBC micro:bit Starter (Blockly) 2 hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
Introduction to Databases (SQL)
5 hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
Introduction to HTML/CSS
8 hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
Introduction to Programming (Blockly)
9 hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
Introduction to Programming (Python)
8 hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
Introduction to Programming 2 (Python)
8 hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
Monster Maker 2 hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
More Monster Maker 2 hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
Year 7 Maths and Computing (Geometry)
7 Hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
NCSS Challenge (annual competition) 10 hours* Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
Web.Comp (annual competition) 8 hours (excluding tournament) Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 
Code Quest (annual competition) 10 hours Proficient Teacher Addresses 6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. 

* Each stream of the NCSS Challenge is accredited for 10 hours if you complete the whole course. In the case of the Advanced stream, this requires submitting a bot to each tournament. If you don't participate in the tournament part of the Advanced stream, but complete the rest of the Advanced course, we will accredit you for 5 hours.

PD requirements elsewhere in Australia

Most states of Australia require a minimum of 20 hours of relevant Professional Development per year to maintain your teaching accreditation. If you’re an Australian teacher but not in NSW, here’s how you can use Grok to complete your Professional Development requirements. 

Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory:

To maintain your teaching registration in these states, you are expected to complete a range of professional development activities that is above and beyond your normal teaching roles & responsibilities. In Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia, teachers must complete a minimum of 20 hours of Professional Development per year. Some states calculate this over a longer term: for example in South Australia the requirement is 60 hours for each 3 year registration period.

Many Grok courses can be used as Teacher Identified PD to help you to address the following Australian teaching standards: Standard 2 - Know the content and how to teach it; Standard 6 - Engage in professional learning. Choose something from our list of NESA accredited courses above, or choose another Grok activity that matches your PD goals. 

In most states, you are expected to retain evidence of your PD activities. You can download your Grok certificates to keep in your personal PD logbook. (If you’re in Qld, you should use the QCT’s online CPD recording tool.) Some states also make a distinction between formal and informal PD. In most cases, our Grok courses & competitions count as formal PD, as you are assessed on your progress and you receive a certificate of completion.

Australian Capital Territory:

Like NSW, the ACT requires teachers to completed accredited Professional Development for some portion of the hours. Your 20 hours must include at least 5 hours of Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) Accredited programs, and at least 5 hours of Teacher Identified activities.

We’re working on getting some of our Grok courses accredited in the ACT, so stay tuned! In the meantime, all our Grok courses are available as Teacher Identified activities.

Get accredited somewhere else

If your accrediting organisation is not listed, get in touch! Email support@groklearning.com.

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