Check qualification is NQF approved

The National Quality Framework (NQF) sets out the minimum qualifications for staff working in children’s education and care services.

Acecqa – The Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority

The National Quality Framework (NQF) sets out the minimum qualification requirements for educators working in children's education and care services. There are also some state and territory specific qualification requirements for working with school age children (e.g. in outside school hours care services). 

Some states and territories require early childhood teachers (ECTs) to hold teacher registration or accreditation. It is also important to note that individual employers may specify higher qualification requirements (for example, a four year ECT degree) as part of their employment policy.

Are you qualified to work in a service?

Our qualifications checker allows you to check whether your qualifications are recognised under the NQF.

The checker will guide you through a series of questions to confirm if you are a qualified educator. It will also tell you what evidence you can show to demonstrate you are qualified.

Launch qualifications checker

Hints for using the qualifications checker

ACECQA’s qualifications checker should only take a few minutes to complete.

The checker cannot:

  • be used to determine your suitability for teacher registration or skilled migration
  • tell you if a working with children or vulnerable people check is needed before working as an educator in an education and care service.

There may be a small number of individuals who were previously recognised as qualified educators under former laws whose recognition will not be captured by the checker. If you believe you were previously recognised as a qualified educator and the checker does not confirm this, contact your regulatory authority.

The checker is a guide only. If you have concerns or questions about the information in the checker, you can contact us.