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:
- Use the qualification checker
- View the list of approved OSHC qualifications
- 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.
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.
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|
|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 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||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||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
|Diploma||State College of Victoria||Associate Diploma of Arts (Child Care)||Any date before 1 January 2012||National||Australia|