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 ACCESS Distance Learning and Tutorial College Certificate Early Childhood Development - Reception Year Any date before 1 January 2012 Queensland South Africa This qualification was previously assessed by the Queensland Government as being the equivalent to a Certificate III 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.
ECT Adelaide Kindergarten Teachers' College Diploma in Teaching (Infant) Any date if enrolled prior to 1 January 2012 National Australia
ECT Adelaide Kindergarten Teachers' College Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Any date if enrolled prior to 1 January 2012 National Australia
ECT Adelaide Kindergarten Teachers' College Diploma of the Adelaide Kindergarten Teachers' College Any date if enrolled prior to 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma Akikusa Gakuen Junior College Certificate of Day Care Teacher (1996) Any date before 1 January 2012 Queensland Japan 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 Algemene Hogeschool Amsterdam Diploma Meddelbaar Beroepsonderwijs - Kultureel Werk and Certificaat Deeltijd Middelbare Beroepsopleiding Any date before 1 January 2012 Queensland Netherlands 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 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 Alice Springs (Centralian) Institute of TAFE Certificate in Child Care Studies Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia

Alice Springs (Centralian) Institute of Technical and Further Education was formerly known by a different name: Alice Springs Community College

Diploma Alice Springs (Centralian) Institute of TAFE Diploma of Education (Child Care) Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia

Alice Springs (Centralian) Institute of Technical and Further Education was formerly known by a different name: Alice Springs Community College

Certificate III All Women's Educational Training Society Certificate in Pre-Primary Teacher Education (Nursery Teachers' Training) Any date before 1 January 2012 Queensland India This qualification was previously assessed by the Queensland Government as being the equivalent to a Certificate III 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.