You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
2 years industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
You will need to be at least 18 years old.
Entry to this course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level, or equivalent (see Education Requirements for equivalency) or completion of an approved English language test (see below):
IELTSOverall score of 5.5TOEFL530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)
You will need to have basic computing skills to undertake this course. This includes the ability to:
- Use the computer, mouse and keyboard with proficiency in skills required to integrate software packages, save files and search the internet
- Attach and use peripheral devices such as a scanner, digital camera, media storage (for example, a flash drive for design storage)
- Save a compressed file (.zip)
Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
- Broadband internet connection
- 2GB of RAM
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Adobe Reader X or equivalent
Specific requirements for Windows users:
- Microsoft Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher is recommended)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
- Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
Specific requirements for Mac OS users:
- Mac OS X v 10.5 or higher (Mac OS X v 10.6 or higher is recommended)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
You will also need access to a printer and scanner.
As part of this course you are required to undertake up to 360 hours of Structured Workplace Learning in a registered child care facility, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will also need to secure your own Work Placement, however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.
There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please see the Workplace Assessment Guide for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.
You will also need to complete a First Aid Certificate to demonstrate competency for HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at your own cost prior to undertaking your work placement.
Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.
To receive a comprehensive guide to undertaking work placement for this course, submit your details in the enquiry box on this page.
You will need to be reasonably physically fit as the role may involve a variety of tasks that require a reasonable amount of physical activity, such as personal care of children, lifting, cleaning and other physically demanding activities.
Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Study Period, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Study Period.