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Career paths and qualifications

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Qualifications give you the formal knowledge and skills to become a quality teacher, leader or educator in early childhood education and care.

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) oversees the implementation and administration of the National Quality Framework (NQF). Most services are approved and regulated under the NQF.

The NQF sets out the minimum qualification requirements for staff working in children's education and care services.

Learn about the qualifications for each of the following career paths:

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Find out about the range of leadership and management roles in early childhood education that exist outside a service.
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Study an ACECQA-approved early childhood teacher qualification and have a nationally recognised qualification that lets you work in a range of early childhood services.
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Find out about a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Then, you can progress to a diploma and continue growing your career.
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Expiring workforce regulations in Queensland

Learn what this means for educators and service providers on the workforce transitional provisions expiring page.

Apply for a TAFE scholarship

TAFE Queensland is offering 100 scholarships of up to $5,000 to study any TAFE Queensland qualification from a certificate III through to a diploma. There are 2 types of scholarships available:

  • Merit scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate outstanding academic merit or demonstrate strong work performance along with the demonstrable desire to secure ongoing employment within the industry to which they applied for the scholarship.
  • Access and equity scholarships provide equitable access to study at TAFE Queensland. They are awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in, and commitment to their chosen career, and on the basis of specific equity criteria.

Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply on the TAFE Queensland website​. Applications to commence study in semester one, 2022 will close on 24 September 2021.

More information

Qualifications list—Learn about approved (and formerly approved) qualifications.

Where you can work—Learn about the types of services where you can use your qualifications.

Course requirements—Learn about course requirements to become an early childhood teacher.​

Help and support

Financial assistance—Get financial help for education study.

Free TAFE courses—Free priority TAFE courses for Year 12 graduates.

Professional development—Find out about services and resources to upgrade your qualifications.

Employment conditions—Learn about rights and entitlements and blue card requirements.

Contact us—Early Childhood information service.

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Last updated 28 July 2021