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.

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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
Diploma University of Southern Queensland Associate Degree in General Education Studies Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma West Coast Institute of Training Associate Degree of Education (Early Childhood) ADEC10 Any date before May 2019 National Australia

ACECQA assessed and approved this qualification on 7 April 2014

Diploma CQUniversity Associate Degree of Learning Management Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia

CQUniversity was formerly known by a different name: University of Central Queensland OR Central Queensland University OR and Queensland Institute of Technology (Capricornia)

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 Northern Territory Darwin Community College Certificate in Child Care Studies Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia
Diploma TAFE South Australia Certificate in Child Care Studies Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia

Also known as 'Certificate of Child Care Studies'.

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 TAFE New South Wales Certificate in Child Care Studies Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia

Also known as 'Certificate of Child Care Studies' or 'Child Care Studies Certificate Course'. Known course code for this qualification but not limited to 6943. Awarding institutions also known as 'NSW Colleges of TAFE' or 'NSW Department of Technical and Further Education'.

Diploma Melbourne College of Advanced Education Associate Diploma of Arts (Child Care) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia
Diploma University of Melbourne Associate Diploma of Arts (Child Care) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia

Also known as 'Associate Diploma in Arts (Child Care)'. University of Melbourne was formerly known by a different name: Institute of Early Childhood Development OR Kindergarten Training College OR Melbourne College of Advanced Education OR Melbourne Kindergarten Teachers' College OR State College of Victoria