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The Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program – CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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The Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program is a tailored pathway to an approved early childhood Diploma qualification that enables registered primary teachers to work as early childhood teachers (ECTs).

This customised Bridging Program maps the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) to the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers and has been developed to assist Queensland registered primary trained teachers, who wish to work in early childhood services, gain early childhood education and care qualifications.

This program recognises that the skill set of these teachers is relevant to the early childhood education and care Vocational Education and Training qualifications considering individuals may also gain recognition of prior learning were relevant.  This recognition arrangement is in place for any person who completes the ECTBP by the end of 2021.  This course will cease in December 2021, for enrolments past the 1st of March please contact our administration team on (07) 3451 9990.

Participants will complete 23 of the 28 units of competency, 4 units are direct credit transfer. An additional credit transfer only applies to candidates who hold HLTAID004 or equivalent.

Eligibility and requirements of the program:

  • Primary teachers are eligible to enrol in the Bridging Program if they hold all of the following – 
  • A primary teaching qualification that includes at least a focus on children aged 5 to 8 years old (for example, a qualification with a focus on children aged 3 to 8 or 5 to 12) AND
  • Teacher registration in Australia (or accreditation in New South Wales) and
  • A current first aid certificate or will gain one prior to completion of the program (HLTAID004) AND
  • Students who are not working in a child care setting are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of vocational placement
  • Eligible applicants must be Queensland Residents and must provide proof of residency
  • Primary teachers registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council must seek mutual recognition with the Queensland College of Teachers ( to be eligible to be a teacher in Queensland.
  • Qualifications that are specifically for middle and secondary school aged children are not accepted


It takes 9 months to complete this program, however the more time you allocate to study the quicker you can achieve your qualification. Our highly qualified Trainer Assessors can provide you with a training plan to assist you with completion timeframes for each unit to suit your study goals.

A minimum of 240 work placement hours must be completed in a regulated early childhood education and care service. Please note that certain units require that a task should be demonstrated a number of times over a period of time. Students are also required to complete additional workplace tasks for other units. The aim of workplace experience is to provide students with practical, hand-ons experience in relation to child care practice. Workplace experience also assists students to develop foundation skills such as communication, interpreting, following instructions, problem-solving and working in a team.

Important information about transitional provisions ending 31 Dec 2021

From 1 January 2022, educators will need to have completed their qualification to be considered an early childhood teacher. To help services and educators understand and prepare for the change, visit the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority​​​.

What happens if existing students don't complete their qualification by 31 December 2021?

By the end of December 2021 all students that were unsuccessful in completing the qualification CHC50113 Teacher Bridging Program will be issued a Statement of Attainment for successfully completed clusters/units only.All students who would like to continue study in 2022 will need to submit a new Enrolment Form to be enrolled in CHC50113 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care –  full course (28 units) please note : Not trained in clusters.This course will be provided ONLY under Fee For Service arrangements and will be charged full price per individual Unit of Competency 

For all students re-enrolling into CHC50113 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (a full course) on 1 January 2022 will be :

  • For current students with Government funding: Clusters/Units that were issued in 2021 or earlier but not completed by student will be not subsidised by QLD Government in 2021. This will mean that the student will need to pay Fee For Service Price for these units.
  • For current students enrolled in our Fee for Service arrangements: Clusters/Units which were issued in 2021 or earlier but not completed by the student will be charged additional price (charged per unit – not per cluster)
  • For all non-issued units, they will be charged full Fee for Service price per individual Unit of Competency 
  • New Training Plan will be issued to complete this Qualification with remaining units left to complete.
  • Previously completed units could be awarded as Credit Transfers.

Units of competency

Cluster One 

Cluster Two 

Cluster Three 

Cluster Four

Cluster Five

Cluster Six

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