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. A list of programs that have been submitted to ACECQA for assessment can be found at the Pending program assessment applications page.
|Qualification Level||Awarding Institution||Qualification Name||Qualification Code||Date Awarded||Where Qualification is approved||Awarding Institution Country||Important Information|
|Diploma||Katherine Institute of TAFE||Associate Diploma of Education (Child Care)||Any date before 1 January 2012||National||Australia||Also known as 'Associate Diploma in Education (Child Care)'.|
|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||Institute of TAFE Tasmania||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||Hobart 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||Gold Coast College of Business||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||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