School age qualification assessment

School age qualifications relate to the delivery of education and care to school age children, commonly known as outside school hours care (OSHC). OSHC services deliver education and care to school age children, before/after school and during school holidays.

There is no national qualification standard for educators working in OSHC services. Each state and territory has its own specific requirements, which include qualifications that are broader in range than just early childhood qualifications. There are no qualification requirements for educators working in NSW and Tasmania OSHC services.

If your qualification is not listed on the relevant OSHC qualifications list for the state or territory you intend to work in, you can apply to ACECQA to have it assessed for equivalence. ACECQA will assess your qualification(s) against the relevant state or territory specific requirements.

At the end of June 2024, the ACECQA Board updated the requirements for English language proficiency for Individual Qualification Assessment Applications under the National Quality Framework. For more information please read the Guidelines for determination of equivalent early childhood qualifications or see our English language proficiency information sheet.  

How to apply for assessment

Step 1

Prepare the required supporting documentation for your application.

You will be asked to provide the following documents:

Any documents in a language other than English will need to be translated. Certified colour copies of both the original and translated documents will need to be provided. For further information on how to certify your documents please refer to the certifying documents information sheet.


Step 2

Begin online application and payment 

This application will take about 40 minutes to complete. During the application, you will be asked to provide supporting documents. All files submitted of scanned documents must be at a high resolution and appropriately titled. Please upload your documents using links provided in the online application. We are unable to assess your application until all the required information and documentation have been provided.

At the end of the application, you will be asked to pay the application fee.

Launch online application

What happens to my application?​

ACECQA will email you within 10 working days once your application has been received.

We will use the information you provided in this application to make an assessment of your qualification(s) for equivalence under section 169(7) of the Education and Care Services National Law.

We are committed to completing your assessment within 60 days from receiving all the information we require. If your application is missing information or documents, then the application process will be delayed.

Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. ACECQA undertakes routine checks to verify the information provided in your application and conducts thorough checking of submitted documents. We will notify the relevant Australian Government Department and law enforcement agency where we have reason to believe that false or misleading information is provided.

Your Personal Information will be used and stored in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles which are set out in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and our privacy policy.

How do I receive my outcome?

Once your application has been assessed, we will notify you of the outcome of your application by email.

If successful, you will receive a certificate by mail and will be able to work as a qualified educator in OSHC services in your nominated state or territory.

If unsuccessful, you will receive reasons for the decision. If you have additional evidence or believe that evidence provided with your application has not adequately been considered you can request a review.

Complaints about the fairness of an application process can be made in writing to ACECQA. If ACECQA is unable to resolve a complaint, then you can contact the National Education and Care Services FOI and Privacy Commissioners and Ombudsman. More information is available on the website

What if I move to a different state or territory?

As the requirements are different from state to state, if you have been assessed as meeting the qualification requirements to work in an OSHC service in one state or territory you should check to ensure you meet the requirements of the new state or territory. If your qualification does meet the requirements of your new state or territory, you will have to apply to ACECQA for another assessment.