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Qualifications and Requirements

If you do not need an ABN (Australian Business Number) and are employed as a wage-earner through your TFN (Tax FIle Number) then you will only need a first aid certificate and a working with children check unless employer requires other qualifications.

If you are being employed through In Home Care the following requirements are absolitely neccessary.

Training Provider Options also listed below.
More Information about In Home Care

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Educator Requirements Checklist



  3. PRODA ACCOUNT (Provider Digital access Account)

    • All educators need a PRODA Account which will allocate a Registration Authority (RA) Number which needs to be kept secure and given to In Home Care Service.

    • Go directly to the secure link: PRODA authentication system where you can follow the step-by-step instructions.

    • Each individual must create your own PRODA account using a computer with internet access.  The process will require you to verify your identification by providing information from 3 Australian government issued documents – such as a passport, drivers license, birth certificate or Medicare Card.  If your name differs on any documents used, another document will be needed to link the different names (ie. Marriage certificate, change of name certificate, amended birth certificate). At the end of the registration processan individual will recieve a Registration Authority (RA) Number.



    • be at least 18 years’ old

    • be engaged by an approved IHC Service

    • have attained (or be working towards), as a minimum, a Certificate III qualification in Early Childhood Education

    • hold a current police check and working with children check acceptable in the state or territory in which they intend to work

    • hold a current first aid qualification

    • be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident or have a relevant visa to allow employment on a continuous basis for 12 months or more.


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The following providers offer a variety of childcare and teaching certificates.  They were compiled based on price, payment options, access options and peoples experiences.  You need to decide what course is relevant for you and check with ACECQA approval list. 

Please contact all providers about Recognised Prior Learning, you will be surprised what may count.  For people currently working as a governess / educator your teachers or in home care may be able to sign off on things in future or prove RPL as they do supervise us and we do send them reports.  Read this interesting info on it and when you contact each provider look up what they require as proof. www.inspireeducation.net.au/blog/recognition-prior-learning-rpl/

Foundation Education - www.foundationeducation.edu.au

  • Certificate III in Education Support

  • UP TO: 24 MONTHS

  • Study Load - Submit 1 unit of competency every 2.5 weeks to graduate in 18 months, plus 100 hours of practical placement

  • Submit 1 unit of competency every 3.5 weeks to graduate in 24 months, plus 100 hours of practical placement


  • Upfront or payment plan

Inspire Education - www.inspireeducation.net.au

  • Certificate III in Education Support (CHC30213)

  • 12 months from their commencement date

  • Minimum 100 hours vocational placement requirement

  • Sale On Only $890 Ends 19th June 2018


Australian College of Teacher Aides and Childcarehttps://actac.com.au/

  • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support 

  • This course is self paced and students have up to 12 months to complete their studies (additional 6 month extension available, conditions apply)

  • Online or Distance (hard copy work books posted out to you). You will also undertake a work placement (minimum 100 hours in an approved education and care service)

  • $999 or Weekly $30 with $130 on first week.

ACCCO -www.accco.com.au

  • Certificate III in Education Support CHC30213

  • Many will be eligible for subsidies and it will reduce below cost.

  • 17 units-  Enrol Fee $150 – Cost per unit $160 – Total Cost $2,870

  • External Study

  • Course fees include all resources and materials

  • Enrolment fee: $310 including your first unit  (non refundable)

  • $160 per unit (pay as you are ready to learn)

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): $150 per unit

  • Credit Transfer: Free

Rural Biz -http://www.ruralbiztraining.com.au

  • Certificate III in Education Support CHC30213

  •  This course has a practical work requirement of 100 hours.  You will be required to submit a verified log of at least 100 practical work hours before you can be awarded the Certificate III in Education Support.  Experience as a distance education tutor/governess which is verified by the distance education teacher for your students is suitable.

  • Option for ICPA scholarships in past.  It’d be worth contacting provider.

Australian Training Institute - https://atiaustralia.edu.au/courses_category/child-care/

  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education

  • Online $975

  • RPL: $1400

Peak Training - https://nswfdc.org.au/peak-training/early-childhood-education-courses/

  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Course Code: CHC50113

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care Course Code: CHC30113

  • PEAK Training is the training and education arm of NSW Family Day Care Association



OTEN - https://oten.tafensw.edu.au/course/education-support-certificate-3/

  • minimum of 100 hours supervised work placement, however it is estimated students studying via distance education will normally require extra hours in the workplace as assessment in simulated environments is not always available.

  • Approximately $1600


Open Colleges -www.opencolleges.edu.au  

  • Course Duration: Maximum 18 months

  • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

  • practical 120 hours of work placement

  • Payment plan options available $2712