Certificate III level education and care qualifications

Under the National Quality Framework, a person is a certificate III qualified educator if they:

  • hold an approved certificate III qualification
  • hold a former approved certificate III level qualification completed before 1 January 2012.
If you are ‘actively working towards’ your approved certificate III level qualification, you may be counted as a certificate III level educator. 
 
Search our list of approved qualifications or use our qualifications checker to see if you are qualified to work in an early childhood education and care service in Australia.
 
A summary of the certificate III level education requirements for centre-based services and family day care services is set out below.

 

For centre-based services

 Age of children

Qualification requirement

Birth to preschool age 

From 1 January 2014 in all states and territories

All other educators required to meet the relevant ratios at the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved certificate III level education and care qualification.

Over preschool age   

From 1 January 2012 in VIC, QLD, SA, WA, ACT

There are no national qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services educating and caring for children who are over preschool age. State and territory qualification requirements (if applicable) continue to apply. See the lists of approved qualification requirements for children over preschool age.

From 1 January 2014 in NT

There are no national qualification requirements for educators at centre-based services educating and caring for children who are over preschool age. State and territory qualification requirements (if applicable) continue to apply. See the lists of approved qualification requirements for children over preschool age.


For family day care services

Age of children

Qualification requirement

Birth to 13 years

From 1 Jan 2012 in SA

From 1 Jan 2014 in NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, TAS, ACT, NT
Transitional provisions apply in SA*

All family day care educators must have or be actively working towards at least an approved certificate III level education and care qualification.

* See regulations 334-336.