Applying for your teaching registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) can be an unnecessary headache if you try to rush through it and don’t take the time to stop and read everything thoroughly. Here is a list to help you avoid some of the common mistakes that we have seen applicants make.
1. Not filling in the application form before sending your documents – You must fill in the application before sending your documents over, there is a statutory declaration that does need to go along with your documents.
2. Ticking ‘No’ instead of ‘Yes’ to Declaration 9 (Section 6.4) when asked if you have you resided in any country other than Australia for more than 12 continuous months during the past 10 year when over the age of 18 – This is a tricky question, however because you have lived in the UK, not Australia, you need to tick, ‘Yes’, to this question.
3. Ticking ‘Yes’ instead of ‘No’ to Section 7.3 when asked if you want to apply for full registration – You really do want to tick, ‘No’. Unless you have completed 80 days of teaching in Australia or New Zealand you are not eligible for full registration and selecting the wrong option may cause delays with your application. The type of registration you have does not have any impact on your pay or on work opportunities.
4. Using an outdated or unrecognised police check – You will need to have a valid UK police check from the last 6 months. The following police checks are all accepted by VIT:
Police certificate issued by ACRO: http://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx
Subject Access issued by ACRO: https://www.acro.police.uk/subject_access.aspx
International Child Protection Certificate (UK) issued by ACRO https://www.acro.police.uk/icpc/
Disclosure Scotland (if residing/resided there): https://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS): https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – consent to access update service
If you are subscribed to the DBS update service, you may choose to complete and return a consent form and supply VIT with your certificate number (located on the top right corner of your certificate) by return email.
5. Not getting your documents certified correctly, or at all! – VIT are very strict on ensuring that all copies of documents have been certified. You can follow UK guidelines on who is eligible to certify a document.
6. Not completing the full application within the given time frame – You will have 28 days from completing your initial application to complete the process. If required, you may be given an extension if you contact VIT and request it.
7. Sending your documents too close to departure – It’s important to send your documents off at least 3 months before departure. Keep in mind that once you are approved it can take up to a month for your registration package to make its way back to the UK.
8. Sending documents to VIT’s physical address – Documents are to be mailed to VIT’s PO Box as they do not accept applications to their physical address. Unfortunately they are not able to sign for packages.
9. Not supplying all of the documents that were requested by VIT – It’s important to thoroughly read the checklist provided. The list they provide contains documents everyone needs to submit and other documents that only some people need to send.
10. Character Reference – Although this document may still appear on the VIT checklist it is no longer needed so no need to worry.
Two Bonus Mistakes (that won’t apply to everyone)
11. Not using a VIT approved translator – If any of your documents are in a language other than English you will need to have your document translated. VIT have a list of approved translators and will strictly enforce the use of their approved professionals. As of this being written, they do not have an approved Welsh translator, so you will have to communicate with them and elicit permission to use a reputable translator.
12. Skipping the English Proficiency test if English is not your first language – If you have completed your degree in a language other than English VIT will ask you to complete an English proficiency test. If VIT requests this, the test is mandatory and you must pass in order to be approved by VIT.