NQF approved qualifications list

You can find a list of approved and former approved early childhood teaching, diploma and certificate III level qualifications on this page. The list also includes approved first aid, emergency asthma and anaphylaxis qualifications.

See the list of qualifications for working with school age children (e.g. outside school hours care).

Read more about the qualification requirements and the differences between approved and former approved qualifications.

Using the list

To search a specific group of qualifications, for example, former approved diploma level qualifications, you can use the 'Qualifications list' filter.

Hovering over the names of the column headers in the below list brings up more information about that column.

If you are an educator with a qualification that does not appear on the below list, you can apply to ACECQA for individual recognition.

If you are a provider (e.g. university, VET provider) wanting to add a qualification to the below list, you can apply to ACECQA for this as well.

Hints for using General search:

When searching for multiple words, using a comma to separate the words (e.g. Early, Learning) will return any matches where either Early or Learning appear.

When searching for a phrase, typing in the words (e.g. Early Learning) will return any matches where the exact phrase appears.

PLEASE NOTE: this list is subject to change

Qualification Level Awarding Institution Qualification Name Qualification Code Date Awarded Where Qualification is approved Sort descending Awarding Institution Country Important Information
Diploma Edith Cowan University Associate Degree of Social Science (Children and Family Studies) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia Edith Cowan University was formerly known by a different name: Western Australian College of Advanced Education OR Churchlands Teachers College OR Churchlands College OR Claremont Teachers College OR Graylands Teachers College
Diploma Institute of TAFE Tasmania Associate Diploma of Child Care Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia Also known as 'Associate Diploma in Child Care'.
ECT Mitchell College of Advanced Education Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) Any date if enrolled prior to 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Northern Territory Open College of TAFE Associate Diploma of Education Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia Also known as 'Associate Diploma in Education'.
ECT State College of Victoria Diploma of Social Science (Children's Services) Any date if enrolled prior to 1 January 2012 National Australia
ECT University of Canberra Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) Any date if enrolled prior to 1 January 2017 National Australia
ECT University of Notre Dame Master of Teaching (Early Childhood K-7) Any date if enrolled prior to 1 January 2012 National Australia
ECT University of Western Sydney Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Any date if enrolled prior to 1 January 2012 National Australia
Certificate III Any Australian registered training organisation Certificate III Introduction to Child Care Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
ECT Avondale College Bachelor of Education Early Childhood/Primary (Birth - 12 years) 4772 Any date if enrolled prior to September 2019 National Australia ACECQA assessed and approved this program on 23 September 2014.