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 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 TAFE Victoria Advanced Certificate in Applied Social Science (Child Care Studies) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia Also known as 'Advanced Certificate of Applied Social Science (Child Care Studies)'.
Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation Advanced Certificate in Child Care Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation Advanced Certificate in Child Care (Stream 3300) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation Advanced Certificate in Child Care Studies Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Open University of Sri Lanka Advanced Certificate in Pre-School Education Any date before 1 January 2012 Queensland Sri Lanka This qualification was previously assessed by the Queensland Government as being the equivalent to a Diploma qualification. Individuals seeking to work outside Queensland (or graduated after 1 January 2012) may still be eligible for recognition as a qualified educator if they apply to ACECQA for an assessment of equivalence.
Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation Advanced Diploma of Children's Services CHC60208, CHC60202 Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia
Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation Advanced Diploma of Community Services (Children's Services) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia

Known codes for this qualification, but not limited to, include CHC60399

Diploma Any Australian registered training organisation Advanced Diploma of Community Services (Children's Services)(Centre Based Pathway) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education Advanced Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia