Assessment of school age qualifications
School age qualifications relate to the delivery of education and care to school age children, commonly known as outside school hours care (OSHC).
If your qualification is not listed on the approved qualifications list for educators working with school age children you can apply to ACECQA to have it assessed for equivalence.
We will determine if you hold a qualification that is suitable, allowing you to be an educator in a service with school age children in your state or territory.
There is no national qualification standard for educators working with school age children. 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 with school age children in NSW and Tasmania.
ACECQA will assess your qualification(s) against the relevant state or territory specific requirements.
Applying for an assessment
To apply you will need to:
- complete the working with school age children application form
- download and complete the Applicant Declaration and Consent Form
- have your authorised representative complete the Authorised Representative Declaration and Consent Form (if applicable)
- provide requested certified documents and forms
- pay online (the application fee is set by the National Regulations and is not subject to GST)
- Applications must be submitted within 2 months of making payment. You can email completed applications forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can post your application, please refer to the application form for the postal address.
ACECQA will email you within 10 working days once your application has been received. 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. We may require you to provide additional or missing information as necessary.
Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. ACECQA conducts thorough checking of submitted documents and will notify the relevant law enforcement agency where it has reason to believe that false or misleading information is provided.
After an assessment
Once an outcome has been determined, ACECQA will notify you of the outcome by email. If successful, you will receive a certificate by mail. If unsuccessful, you will receive reasons for the decision.
Moving between states and territories
As the requirements are different from state to state, if you have been assessed as meeting the qualification requirements to work with school age children in one state or territory you should check to ensure you meet the requirements of your new state or territory.