Actively working towards an approved qualification

If you are 'actively working towards' an approved certificate III, diploma or early childhood teaching (ECT) qualification you may be counted towards qualification requirements. 

Certificate III and diploma 

You are considered actively working towards an approved certificate III level qualification if you can provide documentary evidence from the course provider to your approved provider that you are: 

  • enrolled in the course and have started study 
  • making satisfactory progress towards completing the course 
  • meeting the requirements to maintain enrolment. 

You are considered actively working towards an approved diploma level qualification if you can satisfy all of the above and one of the following: 

  • hold an approved certificate III level qualification OR
  • have completed the approved certificate III units OR
  • have completed 30% of the units in an approved ECT qualification.

‘Actively working towards’ provisions may not apply where a state or territory specific regulation is in place, including for services educating and caring for school age children. If you have any questions about this, contact your regulatory authority.

Please note that all family day care coordinators in Australia are required to have an approved diploma level education and care qualification and cannot be ‘actively working towards’ this qualification.

Actively working towards provisions apply under regulations 126(1) and 127 of the National Regulations

Taken to be an early childhood teacher

In September 2017, the Education Council agreed to extend regulation 242 of the National Regulations. Until 31 December 2019, once you have completed 50% of an approved ECT qualification (or if you already hold an approved diploma level qualification), you can be counted as an early childhood teacher under regulation 242. Please note that regulation 242 does not apply in Victoria after 31 December 2017 or if you are working in a centre-based service educating and caring for 30 or more children preschool age or under in NSW.

This transition provision will end on 31 December 2019. From 1 January 2020, an educator will need to have completed their ECT qualification to be considered a qualified ECT. However, educators ‘actively working towards’ an approved ECT qualification may still be counted as a Certificate III or Diploma level educator, depending on how much of the approved ECT qualification they have completed.

Click here to read Education Council’s statement.