English language proficiency (ELP) requirement

To be eligible for registration as a teacher in Queensland you must be able to communicate in spoken and written English at a professional level with students, parents, teachers and others.

You are required to provide evidence of ELP with your application unless you completed the full four years of higher education study required for registration in English in: 

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Republic of Ireland


You need to provide either:

  • an International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) test report or
  • an International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) test report.

The date of the IELTS or ISLPR test must be no more than two years before the date you apply for registration.

You must meet all test criteria on the one test.

You must provide an original copy of your IELTS test report with your application.  If you take the ISLPR test your results will be faxed directly to the QCT and will be matched with your application.

Minimum test scores

Recognised tests Required Scores

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module

- A score of at least 8.0 for Speaking and Listening

- A score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing

- An average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR) (only if conducted by approved test centres (see below))

A rating of at least 4 in each of the skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

Where to take a test

Contact the test centre directly to arrange your test and for additional information. Tell the centre the test is for a QCT registration application.




The QCT currently accepts ISLPR ratings only from:

ISLPR Language Services
First Floor
9 Gowrie Street

Telephone: (07) 3420 0806


More information

English language requirements for registration fact sheet (PDF, 820KB)

Please contact the QCT if you need further information.


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