Managing Your Professional Learning and Development

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Professional learning and development are about creating a culture of quality teaching, feedback, and growth for all teachers within all schools. Nationally and internationally, there is unequivocal evidence that the quality of teaching is the most significant in-school factor affecting student outcomes. There is also strong evidence that better appraisal and feedback leading to targeted development can improve teacher performance.

Professional development activities and practices contribute to a teacher’s professional competence and enhance the quality of teaching and learning.

Types of professional development

There are many ways to undertake professional learning and development. For teacher registration in Tasmania, this may include:

  • Job-embedded opportunities, eg. professional learning communities or staff and/or team opportunities for collaborative learning. The focus of these opportunities is part of an inquiry cycle of self-improvement grounded in student work samples and monitoring evidence of student progress in classrooms. Teachers determine an element of practice to improve, learn, action, and reflect, to grow their knowledge and skill with impact measured in student evidence or reflective journaling.
  • Workshops, seminars, conferences, and short courses offered by consultants/providers.
  • Contributing to education system initiatives, pilots, trials, and projects.
  • School-based and/or employer-provided professional development in response to identified priorities, including professional development days and guest speakers.
  • Syllabus, curriculum, and assessment development provided by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), education associations, and professional associations.
  • Training for participation in national and state test marking, ACARA, and school-based assessment procedures.
  • Preparation for and development resulting from formal presentations to colleagues on topics related to improving student learning outcomes.
  • Leading school-based curriculum and/or policy development.
  • Preparation for and development through providing collegial professional support for preservice or beginning teachers or peers as part of a supervising/mentoring role.
  • Practitioner inquiry/action research projects, and case studies. Reading educational publications, journals, and discussion papers, including critical analysis and impact on professional experience.
  • Formal study leading to a qualification in education or a field related to the teaching area.
  • Participation in work shadowing, collegial visits, learning communities, and other collaborative learning activities.
  • Participation in online learning activities including web conferences, webinars, self-paced learning programs, networks, forums, and discussion groups.


Please note: The Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania shares information on relevant professional development and learning opportunities in the interests of its key area of operation, ‘Building the Profession’, also specified in its Strategic Direction 2020-2023. It does not formally certify or endorse these professional learning providers.

If you represent a provider or wish to discuss a listing, please email prof.standards@trb.tas.gov.au.

Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO)

Arludo (STEM education)

Australian Institute of Teaching and Learning (AITSL)

Professional Learning Institute


Recording professional development in TRB Online

You can record any professional development activities in your TRB Online account. At least one professional learning and development activity must be recorded in TRB Online as it is a requirement of renewing your teacher registration in Tasmania.

To record an activity, log in to TRB Online and follow these steps:

  1. Click the second blue tab labeled ‘My Details’
  2. Click the blue heading ‘Professional Development’
  3. Click ‘add PD Item’ and record the details of your activity

More information on requirements for maintaining your teacher registration in Tasmania