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Early childhood teacher bridging program

​Registered primary teachers who hold an approved diploma level qualification are recognised by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as holding a nationally approved early childhood teaching qualification. Read more about Early childhood teaching qualifications.

The Early Childhood teacher bridging program (the bridging program) is a tailored, 'fast-track' pathway to a diploma qualification that enables registered primary teachers to work as early childhood teachers (ECTs).

The bridging program maps the diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) to the Australian Professional Standards for teachers to produce industry endorsed matrices of credit transfer and gap training requirements for each unit of competency.

Eligible teachers may also gain recognition of prior learning where relevant.

Information for teachers

Information for registered training organisations

Information for teachers

Eligibility to participate

You are eligible to participate in the bridging program if you hold teacher registration (or accreditation) and a primary teaching qualification.
Your primary teaching qualification must at least include a focus on children aged 5 to 8 years old (e.g. qualification with focus on children aged 3 to 8 or 5 to 12).

Qualifications that are specifically for middle and secondary school aged children are not accepted.

If you have a degree in secondary or middle schooling and wish to become an early childhood teacher, you need to complete an approved graduate or postgraduate qualification in early childhood.

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.

Course length

The bridging program will fast-track you to an approved early childhood teacher qualification by recognising the skills and knowledge you gained from primary teaching.

Generally the bridging program takes 6 to 12 months to complete full-time, depending on the amount of recognition of prior learning you gain in addition to the already approved credit transfer units.

Working as an early childhood teacher

As soon as you enrol and are studying towards your approved diploma qualification through the bridging program, you can start working in a service as an early childhood teacher.


The cost to complete the bridging program varies between registered training organisations (RTOs).

A government subsidy is available for eligible students through the  Early Childhood Education and Care 2016—2019 Workforce action plan.

Contact your chosen RTO from the list below for more information about eligibility, cost (including any subsidies available) and delivery.

RTOs delivering the bridging program

The following RTOs are registered to offer the bridging program:

  • Australian Child Care Career Options (ACCCO)
  • Australian Institute of Early Childhood Studies
  • Australian Institute of Childcare Training
  • Australian National Training Group
  • Central Queensland University
  • Charlton Brown Pty Ltd
  • Early Childhood Training and Resource Centre (ECTARC)
  • Educare Training Institute
  • Goodstart Early Learning Ltd
  • Horizon2 Pty Ltd
  • Kirana
  • Nova College
  • TAFE Queensland
  • The Creche and Kindergarten Association (C&K)
  • Traxion Training
  • Zest College.

Information for registered training organisations

Eligibility to deliver the bridging program

Any RTO registered to deliver CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is eligible to deliver the bridging program.

To offer the bridging program using a Queensland Government training subsidy you must be a pre-qualified supplier and contracted to deliver CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care by the Department of Education and Training.

Cost for matrices and resources

The bridging program matrices and associated resources are free of charge for eligible RTOs.

Bridging program development

The program was originally developed by TAFE Queensland East Coast (formerly Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE) in collaboration with industry stakeholders and has been delivered by TAFE Institutes since 2004.

In November 2013, TAFE Queensland East Coast was commissioned by the department to redevelop the bridging program for use by all RTOs.

Explaining the bridging program

RTOs will need to understand and be able to explain the use of the bridging Program as it relates to each individual student to ensure delivery, assessment and credit transfer arrangements meet audit standards.

Watch a short professional development session to understand how the bridging program matrices were developed. It is recommended all RTOs interested in delivering the program watch this session.

RTOs who register to deliver the bridging program will also be required to participate in a simple quarterly online survey to monitor uptake.

Accessing the bridging program

To register for approval to deliver the bridging program please complete and submit this application form (PDF, 748KB).

Using the bridging program materials

The bridging program materials consist of two components:

  1. Bridging program matrices
  2. Training and assessment resources.

The State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training) is the copyright owner of all materials contained within the bridging program matrices, documentation and training and assessment resources.

RTOs may use and reproduce the bridging program within Australia for training and assessment purposes only.

The bridging program matrices may not be commercialised or amended by the RTO.

The RTO must ensure all copies of the Early childhood teaching bridging program matrices are marked with the following notice of copyright ownership and disclaimer:

© The State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training) 2014.

The department grants a royalty-free, non-sublicensable, non-exclusive, revocable licence to reproduce in material form, publish, perform in public, and communicate to the public (but not to make an adaptation) in relation to the Early childhood teacher bridging program to vocational education and training establishments registered under the National Vocational Education and Training Regular Act 2011 (Cwth) or equivalent Australian Commonwealth or Australian state legislation, but only within the territory of Australia and only for the purpose of delivering training and assessment in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) qualification.

All other rights are expressly reserved.

Permission is given to RTOs to use, reproduce and adapt the bridging program training and assessment resources and supporting student resources (including use of an organisation's branding or logo), provided such use, reproduction or adaptation is for non-commercial purposes.


These materials are distributed by the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training as an information source only.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, the State of Queensland makes no statement, representation, or warranty about the quality, accuracy, context, completeness, availability or suitability for any purpose of, and you should not rely on, these materials.

The Queensland Government disclaims, to the maximum extent permitted by law, all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages and costs registered training organisations or any other person might incur for any reason including as a result of these materials being in any way inaccurate, out of context, incomplete, unavailable, not up to date or unsuitable for any purpose.

Further information

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Last updated
24 August 2017
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