Be recognised and celebrated for your expertise

Chartered Status is a professional learning and accreditation pathway supporting career-long development.

To be awarded Chartered Status you will need to complete a series of assessment units, showcasing your professional expertise across a range of areas. Each unit is carefully designed to promote purposeful research engagement, build on individual practice, priorities and interests, and drive meaningful improvement in your school context. 

Teachers and school leaders who have achieved Chartered Status say they are more confident, use research and evidence to inform their approaches, and are more effective in their role. Gaining Chartered Status benefits the individual, their school and the children and young people they teach.

Find the pathway that’s right for you and your role

There are three pathways to Chartered Status. Once you have registered for your chosen pathway, you will have up to three years to complete the four assessment units to be able to apply to become Chartered. 

Chartered Teacher pathway – for practising classroom teachers (including middle leaders and some senior leaders with teaching responsibilities)

Chartered Teacher (Leadership) pathway – for senior leaders, headteachers and those working in leadership roles across multiple schools

Chartered Teacher (Mentor) pathway– for practising mentors who are employed as teachers or middle leaders, and who are mentoring one or more classroom-based teachers

Be celebrated for your mentoring knowledge and showcase your strong teaching practice.

To register as a Chartered Status candidate and begin working towards Chartered Teacher (Mentor) Status you will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Be a practising teacher or school leader working with pupils up to 19 years of age, in a school in the UK or a British International School

• Be eligible for and hold current full membership of the Chartered College of Teaching, both whilst you are working towards Chartered Status and to retain your Chartered Status in future.

Not sure if you are eligible? 

You may still be able to complete individual units - get in touch with us via to confirm your eligibility status and find out more.

Gain certification for each step of your journey

Each Chartered Teacher Status unit is individually certified by the Chartered College of Teaching and will be accessed through our online platform, allowing you to work towards Chartered Teacher Status at a pace that best suits you.

The units can be completed in any order, however we recommend that you begin with the Certificate in Evidence-Informed Practice which provides a foundation for further units in each Chartered Status pathway.

Access further information about the individual units using the links below.

If you have recently undertaken training or gained a qualification with another organisation, you may be able to use this as credits towards one or more Chartered Status unit. Find out more about Recognition of Prior Certified Learning here.

Still not sure?


Half of Chartered Status holders received a promotion or an enhanced role following the accreditation.

– Over 80% of Chartered Status holders say it has increased their confidence. 

90% say that Chartered Status has made them more effective teachers and leaders.

– Over 90% say Chartered Status has increased their use of evidence to benefit their leadership.

– Chartered Status supports greater collaboration, with 60% saying it has helped them provide leadership support to other schools or trusts.


Frequently asked questions

A Chartered Teacher is a Teacher who has received recognition for high-quality teaching, evidence-informed practice and school leadership through the Chartered College of Teaching. Chartered Status holders are pioneers whose insights and expertise are invaluable to the profession.

1. First, become a full member or Fellow – find out more about membership here.

2. Check you’re eligible, then register as a Chartered Status candidate

3. Successfully pass all assessment units

4. Apply for Award of Chartered Status

There are two pathways to Chartered Status:

1. Chartered Teacher Status – for practising teachers and middle leaders

"For me, being young and having completed this course, it's given me a real head start in my career as a Teacher and as a future leader." - Vanessa Hirani MCCT, CTeach. Watch Vanessa's full interview below.

2. Chartered Teacher (Leadership) Status – for school leaders with whole-school or cross-school responsibility to receive recognition for leadership roles.

"It's the most impactful training to develop my leadership skills. I honestly can't imagine a senior leader at any stage of their career, or any position in their school, not benefiting greatly from this professional learning." - Ben Wilcox MCCT, CTeach (Leadership)

Both routes recognise high-quality practice and require the same commitment to study. for more information please contact

The pathway towards Chartered Status is self-paced, enabling you to complete four assessment units around your schedule.

1. Certificate in Evidence-Informed Practice

2. Professional Knowledge Award 

3. Development of Teaching Practice Award

4. Education Research and Inquiry Certificate

Once registered, you will have up to three years to complete the four Chartered assessment units and apply for Chartered Status.

Each unit is certified by the Chartered College of Teaching and will be accessed through our online platform, allowing you to work towards Chartered Teacher Status at a pace that best suits you.

You may choose to complete the assessment units in any order. We recommend you begin by completing the Certificate in Evidence-Informed Practice as it will prepare you for the other units.

* Awarded the post-nominals ‘CTeach’.

* Issued with a formal certificate to recognise your achievement

* Added to the Register of Chartered Teachers

* Join a growing community of Chartered Teachers

* Attend a formal graduation ceremony

Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning provides a means by which candidates may use previous relevant qualifications and professional learning as credit towards achieving Chartered Status. You may be exempted from part or all of one or more of the assessment units that must be completed to achieve the 100 chartership credits required to receive Chartered Teacher Status or Chartered Teacher (Leadership) Status, up to a maximum of 30 credits in total. These qualifications will typically have to have been completed no more than three years prior to you registering to start your Chartered Status journey.

Qualifications that are recognised for RPCL:

- Completion of the Early Career Framework as providing exemption from the Multiple Choice Question Examination (10 credits)

- Mentoring an early career teacher through the Early Career Framework as providing exemption from the Objective Structured Teaching Exercise (10 credits).

- Completion of any of the new and reformed National Professional Qualifications (from 2021 onwards) as 20 credits towards any assessment unit / task of your choice.

- Completion of former National Professional Qualifications as providing exemption from the Written Examination (Leadership) (10 Credits)

- Teachers who successfully complete the School-Led Tutoring training and assessment as part of the National Tutoring Programme can receive exemption from the multiple choice question examination (10 credits).

- Completion of a Master's degree or Doctorate in Education from a University in the UK or Ireland, as exemption from Education Research and Inquiry Certificate (20 Credits)

- Completion of a Master's degree or Doctorate in Educational Leadership from a University in the UK or Ireland, as exemption from Education Research and Inquiry Certificate (Leadership) (20 Credits)

- Completion of NASENCo award as exemption from the Written Examination (10 credits)

Individuals with other Chartered Status accreditations (e.g. Chartered London Teacher, CGeog (Teacher), CSciTeach, CMathTeach) may be able to convert to Chartered Teacher Status using previous study, up to a total of 50 credits. Individuals will be required to register as a candidate, complete the Certificate in Evidence-Informed Practice, plus one further assessment unit, and the formal application for Chartered Status.

For full details on exemptions, candidates should consult the Candidate Policy Handbook on MyPD or alternatively contact If you have completed a relevant qualification that includes a formal assessment element and which is not currently recognised, you may wish to ask the qualification provider to contact us.

Read full information on RPCL here


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