Existing further education teachers in England are required to register with the Institute for Learning by March 31, and to abide by its code of professional practice.
They will also have to undertake at least 30 hours of continuing professional development each year.
By virtue of changes to Learning and Skills Council provider contracts, these requirements will be extended to teachers and trainers throughout the wider sector, who have to register by September this year, or within six months of starting to teach.
With just a few days to go before the deadline for registration, I would encourage all those FE college teachers who have not yet registered to do so. The easiest way is through the institute's website, www.ifl.ac.uk. The Government will pay the standard membership fee for teachers in Learning and Skills Council-funded institutions who register online.
The institute's code of professional practice will be launched nexth month and, following a successful pilot phase, it will be rolling out the Reflect tool, an online personal learning space where members can reflect on their professional practice and record their many and varied professional development activities.
Teachers, employers, unions and other stakeholders have been supportive of the drive towards professional status for all the sector's teachers, and the institute looks forward to welcoming thousands of new members in the coming weeks and months.
Lee Davies, Acting chief executive, Institute for Learning, London WC1.