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
Diploma TAFE Queensland Associate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia

Awarding institutions may also have been referred to as 'Queensland Institute of TAFE'.

Diploma Charles Darwin University Associate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia

Also known as 'Associate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)'. Charles Darwin University was formerly known by a different name: Northern Territory University

Diploma Hobart Institute of TAFE Associate Diploma of Social Science (Child Care) Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia
Diploma Institute of TAFE Tasmania Associate Diploma of Social Science (Child Care) Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia
Diploma Launceston Institute of TAFE Associate Diploma of Social Science (Child Care) Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia
Diploma North West Institute of TAFE Associate Diploma of Social Science (Child Care) Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia
Diploma Department of Industrial Relations, Vocational Education & Training (Tasmania) Associate Diploma of Social Science (Child Care) Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia
Diploma Gold Coast College of Business Associate Diploma of Social Science (Child Care) Any date before 1 January 2017 National Australia
Diploma Canberra Institute of Technology Associate Diploma of Health Science in Child Care Any date before 1 January 2012 National Australia

Also known as 'Associate Diploma in Health Science in Child Care'. Canberra Institute of Technology was formerly known by a different name: ACT Institute of Technical and Further Education

ECT Holmesglen Institute of TAFE Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Any date if enrolled prior to 1 January 2017 National Australia