Registering as an early childhood teacher

If you are employed or engaged in the role of an early childhood teacher (ECT) in a Victorian education and care service or children’s service, you will need to be registered.

Once you have registered with us, your name will appear on the register of teachers.

If you are an educator or staff member employed in an education and care service or children's service, and don’t hold an approved early childhood teaching qualification, you won't be required to register with us.

If you are registering for the first time

Applying for registration is a simple two-step process. 


Step one involves completing an online application by creating a MyVIT account, selecting which type of registration you are applying for (i.e. teacher / early childhood teacher), providing some initial information about yourself and your qualifications and making a payment.

Before you activate your MyVIT account, we recommend you read the guide to setting up your MyVIT account.  

Once payment has been received, a message will be sent to the email address you provided with instructions on how to complete step two of the application process.


Step two involves completing a form and sending us documents that support what you told us in your online application, including:

  • proof of identity
  • evidence of your qualifications.

Please ensure documents you provide us are copies and not the originals, as we are unable to return the documents to you.

If there are any issues with your application, we will get in touch with you using the contact details you have provided.

A registration card will be sent once your registration is approved. The card may take up to 15 business days to reach you.

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Qualification requirements for registration 

Read about the approved and recognised qualifications we accept for registering as a teacher or early childhood teacher.

Registering as a new graduate

Providing an English language test

If you completed your qualification to be an ECT in English in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK or Ireland you won’t need to provide any further evidence of your English language competence. 

If you completed any part of your qualification to be an ECT in any other country, you will need to provide a certified copy of an approved English language competency test.

For example

  • If you completed an undergraduate ECT qualification in Singapore, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language competence.
  • If you completed an undergraduate degree in India and then completed a postgraduate ECT qualification in Australia, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language competence.

Learn more about approved English language tests and accredited testing centres.

View our English language competency policy for ECTs

Learn more about ECT registration

Our monthly circular will keep you updated with information about ECT registration.

If you would like to subscribe to our circular, you can complete and submit a subscription form.

We will send the circular directly to your personal email account. 

If you are unable to find the information you need about ECT registration on our web pages, we have a phone line dedicated to ECT registration enquiries.

Call 1300 977 263 and speak to one of our highly trained customer service officers.