Certificate III level education and care qualifications

Qualifications list
 

Under regulation 137 of the Education and Care Services National Regulations ACECQA must publish a list of approved and former approved certificate III level education and care qualifications.

This list is relevant to educators in centre-based and family day care services who want to work in any approved education and care service in Australia. It replaces any existing state and territory lists of certificate III level qualifications from 1 January 2012.

A person who holds an approved certificate III qualification is a certificate III level educator for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations.

A person who holds a former approved certificate III qualification is a certificate III level educator for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations if the person completed the qualification before 1 January 2012.

Most qualification requirements are set out in part 4.4 of the National Regulations. Please be aware that many states and territories have saving and transitional provisions which affect qualification requirements – those provisions are included in chapter 7 of the National Regulations. If you have enquiries about state or territory specific saving and transitional provisions, please contact your regulatory authority.

Below is a summary of the certificate III level education and care qualification requirements for educators in centre-based services and family day care services.

For centre-based services

 Age of children

Qualification requirement

Birth to preschool age 

From 1 January 2014 in all states and territories

All other educators required to meet the relevant ratios at the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved certificate III level education and care qualification.

Over preschool age   

From 1 January 2012 in VIC, QLD, SA, WA, ACT

There are no national qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services educating and caring for children who are over preschool age. State and territory qualification requirements (if applicable) continue to apply. See the lists of approved qualification requirements for children over preschool age.

From 1 January 2014 in NT

There are no national qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services educating and caring for children who are over preschool age. State and territory qualification requirements (if applicable) continue to apply. See the lists of approved qualification requirements for children over preschool age.

For family day care services

Age of children

Qualification requirement

Birth to 13 years

From 1 Jan 2012 in SA

From 1 Jan 2014 in NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, TAS, ACT, NT
Transitional provisions apply in SA*

All family day care educators must have or be actively working towards at least an approved certificate III level education and care qualification.

* See regulations 334-336.