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The VIT has compiled definitions for our most frequently used terms, government departments and regulatory bodies. If you are unable to find a specific term in this list, please contact us.



Qualification' means an award granted by a higher education or further education institution or other recognised vocational or professional body on completion of an approved course of study or training, or both.

To be registered as an early childhood teacher (ECT), you will need to hold a qualification approved or recognised by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

To be registered as a teacher, you will need to hold

  • four years of full-time or equivalent higher education study, including an approved initial primary and / or secondary teaching qualification of at least one year's duration


  • an approved Certificate of Proficiency / Completion in a trade together with
    • relevant industrial experience combined with a period of apprenticeship that totals no less than eight years
    • an approved trade technician course or an approved equivalent program of post-apprenticeship studies
    • an approved course of teacher education


  • an approved Certificate of Technology, together with a minimum of six years of approved industrial experience and an approved course of secondary teacher education.

Qualification in relation to English language requirements

Qualification for the purposes of the English language competency policy means a higher education award under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 which is defined as

  • a diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or doctoral degree; or
  • a qualification covered by level 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 of the Australian Qualifications Framework; or
  • an award of a similar kind, or represented as being of a similar kind, to any of the above awards.

Higher education awards are approved by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and can be delivered at a University or TAFE.

Awards offered or conferred for the completion of a vocational education and training (VET) course may also be delivered at a TAFE but are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Such awards do not fall within the definition of a qualification for the purposes of the English Language Competency Policy.