3.2 Licensing

In this section: - What is licensing? - How to become a licensed teacher. Note: Processes are currently under development.

Rules: Licensing


The TSC Act of 2011 mandates the TSC to:

The teaching license is a legal permit granted by the TSC to qualified and registered teachers giving permission to practice without restriction for three (3) years with terms and conditions. It is important teachers are licensed after registration because it is the license that gives a registered teacher the authority to work in the profession.

For a teacher or school leader to have his or her license renewed after expiry, he or she must demonstrate:




Process: How to become a licensed teacher


Teachers must pay for their teacher licenses, as approved by Cabinet. The process for payment is under development.


Download the Licensing & Registration application form.


Further reading: What is licensing and what are the benefits


A licensed teacher is a sign that the teacher belongs to the profession and meets the stipulated professional requirements to be allowed to practice.

Licensing a professional is a guarantee to society that the practitioner meets certain standards, adheres strictly to a Code of Conduct, and continuously updates him or herself professionally.

Being a licensed teacher implies the teacher actively pursues a career in teaching and aspires for higher positions and grades through self-improvement, experience, and acquisition of knowledge and skills. A licensed teacher is expected to take advantage of in-service training opportunities and opportunities for acquiring higher educational attainments.

As a professional, a teacher should acquaint him/her self with relevant professional associations / Communities of Practice focussed on teaching and subject specialisations (such as Math and English), and participate as an active member. 

Being licensed and a member of professional bodies may also endow a teacher with benefits and privileges.

A teacher’s license is valid for three (3) years. After this period, the license must be renewed through evaluation by the TSC. The evaluation is based on evidence in the Performance Appraisal and Teacher Portfolio, and is guided by the Professional Standards for Teachers and Code of Conduct for Teachers.

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