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
Certificate III Montessori World Education Institute (Aust) Inc. Advanced Certificate Course (Montessori Education) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation or accredited higher education provider Diploma of Community Services (Child Care) Any date National Australia Also known as 'Diploma in Community Services (Child Care)'. Known codes of this qualification, but not limited to, include 0038. Known organisations that may have delivered this qualification, but not limited to, include Gold Coast College of Business, Institute of TAFE Tasmania, Northwest College of Family Studies, Queensland Institute of TAFE, Swinburne University of Technology, ABC Early Childhood Training College.
Diploma Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education Advanced Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Montessori World Education Institute (Aust) Inc. Advanced Diploma of Montessori Studies Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education Advanced Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Australian Catholic University Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Any date National Australia
Diploma Holmesglen Institute of TAFE Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education Any date National Australia
Diploma Alice Springs (Centralian) Institute of TAFE Associate Diploma of Education (Child Care Studies) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia Alice Springs (Centralian) Institute of Technical and Further Education was formerly known by a different name: Alice Springs Community College
Diploma Institute of TAFE Tasmania Associate Diploma of Education (Child Care Studies) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation Associate Diploma of Education (Child Care) - CND35 CND35 Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia