Early childhood teacher bridging program

ACECQA Approved: Yes
Centrelink/DHS Approved: No
Recognised Australia wide: Yes

Program Description

ACECQA has determined that registered/accredited Primary Teachers can be recognised as an 'equivalent Early Childhood Teacher' if they also complete a CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. This Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program (ECTBP) has been developed by the Department of Education (DET) to assist with this requirement allowing registered Primary School Teachers to have as many of their skills and knowledge recognised as possible. Through the ECTBP, eligible students only complete training and assessment in areas that haven't been completed as part of their Primary Teacher qualification.

Recognition Arrangements

The recognition arrangements for this program is subject to ACECQA's approval and in no way is determined by ACCCO. To date...

  • This recognition arrangement is in place for any person who completes the ECTBP by the end of 2019.
  • All primary teachers enrolled in this program are 'taken to be an early childhood teacher' under the 'actively working towards' provision.

For all information regarding ACECQA's recognition, please see: http://www.acecqa.gov.au/Recognition-as-an-equivalent-early-childhood-teacher


Primary Teachers are eligible to enrol in the ECTBP if they hold all of the following: 

  • A Primary Teaching qualification that includes 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/accreditation in Australia

ACECQA will also use the above to determine eligibility as an equivalent Early Childhood Teacher.

Approach to learning and assessment 

DET has recognised all existing skills and knowledge that a registered/accredited Primary Teacher holds in the ECTBP, and grants credits or partial credits for these as a part of entry into the program. This means there is no need for the ECTBP student to apply for further recognition or to prove their existing skills and knowledge. ECTBP students will only be trained and assessed in the areas that have NOT been covered in their primary teaching qualification for this program.

To complete this program...

  • The student will complete 6 clusters of learning/assessment as outlined on the column right. Each cluster provides all the learning required, however students will also be required to access the internet for directed research and reading purposes. Assessment is outlined as per 'Assessment methods' in the column right.
  • The student will complete the HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting at any time prior to graduating.
  • ACCCO will award direct credit for units CHCPOL003, CHCPRP003, CHCINM002 and CHCECE001. HLTAID004 will also be credited upon completion.

Upon completion of the program, ACCCO will award a CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Study options

The ECTBP is only available via external (self paced) delivery using the ECTBP materials endorsed by the Department of Education.


This program attracts a range of funding assistance to reduce study costs. Minimum cost to student is $200 pending eligibility for funding.

To check your eligibility for funding applicable in your state/territory, please  click here or contact ACCCO on 1300 139 406.

Fees for students not eligible for funding assistance: 

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