Diploma level education and care qualifications

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

  • hold an approved diploma level qualification
  • hold a former approved diploma level qualification completed before 1 January 2012.

If you are ‘actively working towards’ your approved diploma level qualification, you may be counted as a diploma level educator.

Search the 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 qualification 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 2012 in NT

50 per cent of educators required to meet the relevant ratios in the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

From 1 January 2014 in all states and territories

50 per cent of educators required to meet the relevant ratios in the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma 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 January 2012 in VIC, SA, NT

All family day care coordinators must hold an approved diploma level education and care qualification.

From 1 January 2014 in all states and territories

All family day care coordinators must hold an approved diploma level education and care qualification.