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Are you familiar with early learning services requirements for educators to achieve ‘actively working towards’ provisions under regulations 126(1) and 127 of the National Regulations?

Actively working towards a 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 Educators

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
    N.B. In examining whether an educator is making satisfactory progress towards completing the course, regulatory authorities should look at whether the educator is enrolled in a unit or competency for the course and may consider whether the educator is progressing their studies at a pace that will enable them to complete the course in the timeframe permitted by the educational institution delivering 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.

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. Under regulation 242, you are ‘taken to be an early childhood teacher’ until 31 December 2019 if you: 

  • are enrolled in an approved early childhood teaching qualification, and  
  • give the approved provider documentary evidence from the course provider that you: 
    • have started the course, and 
    • are making satisfactory progress towards completing the course, and 
    • are meeting the requirements for maintaining the enrolment, and 
    • hold an approved diploma level educator qualification, or have completed at least 50 per cent of the course. 

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.

ACECQA website https://www.acecqa.gov.au/qualifications/requirements/actively-working-towards-a-qualification