Actively working towards an approved qualification

In some circumstances, a person who is 'actively working towards' an approved certificate III, diploma or early childhood teaching (ECT) qualification can be counted towards qualification requirements. 
 
A person who meets requirements 1 to 4 below may be counted as a certificate III qualified educator. They must also give the approved provider documentary evidence from their course provider that they meet requirements 2 to 4. 
 
A person who meets all five requirements below may be counted as a diploma qualified educator. They must give the approved provider documentary evidence from their course provider that they meet requirements 2 to 5.
 
The requirements for actively working towards an approved qualification are:
  1. being enrolled in a course for the qualification
  2. having commenced the course
  3. making satisfactory progress towards completion
  4. meeting the requirements to maintain enrolment
  5. holding an approved certificate III qualification OR having completed the approved certificate III units OR having completed 30% of the units in an approved ECT qualification.

Please note that all family day care coordinators in Australia are required to have an approved diploma level education and care qualification and cannot be ‘actively working towards’ this qualification.

For centre-based services educating and caring for children preschool age or under, actively working towards provisions apply under National Regulation 126(1).  For family day care educators, actively working towards provisions apply under National Regulation 127. These provisions may not apply where a state or territory specific regulation applies, including those for services educating and caring for children over preschool age.

 

Taken to be an early childhood teacher

Additionally, until 1 January 2018, once you have completed 50 per cent of an approved ECT qualification (or if you already hold an approved diploma level qualification), you can be counted as an early childhood teacher under regulation 242. To illustrate the effect of this regulation between 1 January 2014 and 1 January 2018, some examples include:

  • a student at Monash University studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education would be taken to be an early childhood teacher upon completion of the first two years of this four year (full-time) qualification
  • a registered primary teacher in Queensland would be taken to be an early childhood teacher upon commencement of the Diploma in Education and Care (CHC50113) or the Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education from Griffith University.

After 1 January 2018, you will need to have completed an approved ECT qualification to be considered a qualified ECT.

Please note that regulation 242 does not apply if you are working in a centre-based service educating and caring for 30 or more children preschool age or under in NSW. You should also check relevant teacher registration/accreditation requirements in your state or territory.