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Updated June 2017

Careers Adviser: Qualifications and Employment

Qualifications and initial accreditation for employment as Teacher Careers (Careers Adviser) with the Department

(Updated November 2016)

To qualify as a careers adviser you must be qualified as a secondary teacher and have completed an approved course of study in career education. This may be undertaken through either undergraduate studies or a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

A starting point to find out more about how to become a secondary teacher to go to the Teach NSW website at:  or for a personal inquiry go to:

If you wish to gain employment and accreditation as Teacher Careers (Careers Adviser) in a NSW government school you can find information about the process at:

An approved secondary teacher appointed to the careers adviser position with the NSW Department of Education will need to complete an approved postgraduate program designed to prepare teachers for employment as a careers adviser. Approved teachers can get paid to study full-time or part-time to become a careers adviser with the Sponsored Training Education Program (STEP).

For more information regarding STEP go to:

More information regarding the STEP for career advisers go to:


Note: If you are a Careers Adviser seeking professional development, you may find additional opportunities here:
VEiS Intranet - Career Advisers.