Check your qualification is NQF approved

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.

To see if you are qualified to work in an Australian education and care service with children preschool age and under (e.g. preschool, kindergarten, long day care, family day care or out of school hours care) you can:

  1. Use the qualification checker
  2. View the list of approved OSHC qualifications
  3. Search the NQF approved qualifications list

1. Use the qualification checker

Our qualifications checker allows you to check whether your qualifications are recognised under the NQF and should only take a few minutes to complete. 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.

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 cannot be used to determine your suitability for teacher registration or skilled migration.

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Launch the qualifications checker

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

2. View the list of approved OSHC qualifications

Out of school hours care (OSHC) is the name commonly given to services that provide education and care to school age children before/after school and during school holidays.

There are no national qualification requirements for educators educating and caring for school age children in OSHC services. State and territory specific qualification requirements apply in Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Northern Territory.

The OSHC qualifications list detailing required qualifications in these jurisdictions is available in PDF or Excel format.

If you have enquiries about state or territory specific provisions, contact your regulatory authority.

If you are an educator with a qualification that does not appear on the OSHC qualifications list, you can apply to ACECQA for a school age qualification assessment.

3. Search the NQF approved qualifications list

 

To work in a family day care or centre based service with children preschool age and under, educators must hold, or in some circumstances be actively working towards an approved qualification.

Search the 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. The list it is easy to use but if you need some guidance read the how to search file.

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

Qualification Level Awarding Institution Qualification Name Qualification Code Date Awarded Where Qualification is approved Awarding Institution Country Important Information
Anaphylaxis Management only Any Australian registered training organisation Course in Anaphylaxis Awareness 10313NAT / 21827VIC Any date National Australia

ACECQA assessed and approved this program on 17 December 2012. This qualification only satisfies the requirements for anaphylaxis management training. As stated on www.training.gov.au, currency period ended on 31 October 2012.

Emergency Asthma only Any Australian registered training organisation Course in Emergency Asthma Management 21886VIC / 10392NAT Any date National Australia

ACECQA assessed and approved this program on 23 October 2013. 

First Aid, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Any Australian registered training organisation Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting HLTAID004 Any date National Australia
Certificate III Any Australian registered training organisation Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113 Any date National Australia
Certificate III Any Australian registered training organisation Certificate III in Education Support CHC30213 Any date National Australia

This qualification is most suitable for use in early childhood education and care settings that are delivered on school sites (e.g. pre-school/kindergartens).

Certificate III Any Australian registered training organisation Certificate IV in Education Support CHC40213 Any date National Australia

This qualification is most suitable for use in early childhood education and care settings that are delivered on school sites (e.g. pre-school/kindergartens).

Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation or accredited higher education provider Child Care Certificate Course Any date National Australia

Also known as 'Child Care Certificate Course No.1959'.

Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113 Any date National Australia
Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation Diploma of Education Support CHC51308 Any date National Australia
ECT Various Teacher accreditation with the NSW Institute of Teachers AND a primary teaching qualification AND an approved education and care diploma or higher qualification published on ACECQA's qualification lists Any date National Australia

Teacher accreditation is under the Institute of Teachers Act 2004 (NSW) - A primary teaching qualification must at least include a focus on children aged 5 to 8 years old (e.g. qualification with focus on children aged 3 to 8 or 5 to 12). Qualifications that are specifically for middle and secondary school aged children are not acceptable. - Primary teachers registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council must seek mutual recognition with the relevant state and territory registration authority to be eligible to be an early childhood teacher in Australia.