Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying for our early childcare or education courses. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please use the form at the bottom of the page, or contact us directly by email, phone or use the chat function available.

Who are the Trainer Assessors?
ACCCO only employs knowledgeable, skilled and experienced Trainers and Assessors. As a minimum, they will have:

  • Vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed;
  • Current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment provided; and
  • Current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment

ACCCO requires for their Trainer Assessors to maintain current industry skills. For you, this means your training and assessment is delivered by people who are themselves competent, contemporary, quality practitioners. ACCCO ensures that Trainer assessors are regularly exposed to industry workplaces through participation in workplace tasks via a Return To Industry scheme.

Additionally, ACCCO encourages all Trainer Assessors to undertake ongoing professional development in both Vocational Education and the relevant subject matter industry. ACCCO requires that Vocational Competency is maintained by the Trainer Assessors as per the Vocational Competence Requirement.

Who are ACCCO’s Trainer Assessors?

All ACCCO trainer assessors are industry professionals handpicked for their competent, contemporary, quality practices.

ACCCO trainer assessors have knowledge, skills and experience specific to education and care and will provide you with the training you need to complete your qualification and better yet, give you what you need to succeed as an education and care professional.

What study options does ACCCO offer?

Self-paced External Study
Students enjoy regular contact with their Trainer Assessor who works at an individual level, visiting them in their workplace every month, to progress them through the course. Students are provided with a Learning Guide and all the information they need to know. For most units, you will need access to the internet for research purposes and to access the relevant documents found free online.

Scheduled Classes
Our trainers will teach you in class every step of the way. All learning materials will be supplied. Many ACCCO students choose to study on campus to take advantage of weekly scheduled class time where class trainers guide you through your learning experience. This study option allows you to spend time with likeminded students to share your study journey and have regular feedback on your course progress.

Traineeships and Apprenticeships
Combine training and paid employment in a traineeships or apprenticeship. Earn while you learn. Training will be provided at the workplace by both the Employer and the ACCCO Trainer Assessor through an individualized training plan to reflect skills required in the workplace.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is an assessment only pathway. No training is provided. RPL is for students who already have all the knowledge and skills for one or more units of competency. A student is required to collect and collate evidence to show sufficient, valid and current knowledge and skills equivalent to the qualification they are enrolled in.

If I have already completed study with another provider, do I need to redo it at ACCCO?

ACCCO accepts all certificates and statements of attainment as evidence of study you have already completed. Where you have already completed a unit of competency and been awarded a competent outcome you do not need to redo that unit of competency again.

If you have completed study in units similar to the units you are studying with ACCCO and you have plenty of knowledge, skills and experience in the job role that your course is designed for you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning which is an assessment only pathway.

I'm not working in education. Can I still do the qualification?

Definitely. You do not need to be working to enrol in a qualification with ACCCO.

ACCCO will support you to find a workplace that can take you as a volunteer to complete your qualification. Your qualification will need you to regularly attend the workplace to gain experience and completed practical assessment.

Can I apply for RPL?

Definitely. If you have industry experience, there may be some units of competency that might be available to you in a RPL pathway. Contact us to speak with a curriculum expert who can provide guidance on how much of your course you may be able to complete via an RPL pathway.

How do I know if I'm working in an approved workplace? will define the approved workplaces for the course you are studying. Here is a quick guide to assist you:

Early Childhood qualifications: an ACECQA approved service with children aged 0-5

School Aged care qualifications: an ACECQA approved service with children attending school

Education Support qualifications: a regulated school

How long will it take to complete a qualification?

Check out our course information pages for the duration of each qualification.

All ACCCO courses have an option to study at your own pace. If you have a busy work and life schedule you can slow your study pace down.

What study support is available if I need help?

ACCCO provides many pathways to support you through your study.

Every student is assigned an ACCCO Trainer who will assist you throughout your qualification. Your Trainer will provide you with their contact details (phone and email) if you need any help and can visit you regularly in your approved workplace. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have as well.

ACCCO has an Academic Hotline where students can call or email to speak to a qualified person and receive assistance with their studies and/or assessments, during business hours. This academic service is available for learners to support their progression through their qualification.

ACCCO has a student engagement officer who is available to learners who are finding it difficult to study or get motivated to study.

Students that need extra support should consider studying in our class option. Regular face to face learning in a class environment with likeminded students is often the best way to make progress, stay motivated to complete a qualification, and receive additional support.

If you need further information on study support please contact us by:

  • Sending an enquiry throughout our website online chat service;
  • Sending us an email through Facebook; or
  • Phoning 1300 139 406
How will I be assessed in my qualification?

After you have completed the necessary learning for a unit and you are ready for assessment, ACCCO will use a variety of assessment tools to assess your knowledge and skills in a unit of competency. Each unit of competency is different, but assessment may include:

  • Questioning (true/false, multiple choice, short answer, long answer)
  • Case studies
  • Projects
  • Practical tasks

Some assessment may need to be completed in a workplace so we can assess your workplace practical skills. All assessment is negotiated with you before an assessment day.

Do I have to complete tasks in a workplace?

Yes. Most qualifications have a practical assessment component. Students need to be employed or volunteering in an approved workplace to complete the practical components of the qualification. If you are employed in an approved workplace, then this assessment can be completed as a part of your workday. If you are not employed in an approved workplace, then you will need to complete Vocational Placement (volunteer) to complete these requirements.

Do I qualify for enrolment?

All students must meet the entry requirements for the course they wish to enrol in. All courses have at minimum a language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) indicator prior to being accepted in a course. The LLN indicator provides guidance on suitability for a course as well as the level of support you may need to successfully complete your chosen qualification. Students are encouraged to complete an application to enrol to find out more information.

My workplace requires proof that I have enrolled in a qualification. Can I get that information from ACCCO?

When you enrol at ACCCO, you will receive a confirmation of your enrolment (COE) letter to you which you are free to pass on to your workplace if you wish.

As you progress in your study you will have access to your updated training schedule.

Your training schedule and COE are official documents that confirm your current study status.

I am already enrolled at another provider or TAFE but want to change to ACCCO. Can I do this?

Yes! Provide us with a certified transcript of what you have completed with the other college/TAFE and we’ll give you credit for these units. You can then complete the rest of your units for your qualification with ACCCO.

Do I need any form of criminal check to work with children?

Yes. To work with children, legislation requires you to undergo a police/criminal check before working with children. If you have any criminal convictions, you should check prior to enrolling whether you are eligible for employment. Students cannot complete a qualification without this check as they will not be able to enter a workplace to complete the practical requirements of the qualification.

How much does a qualification cost?

Each qualification has a different number of units and a different cost. Check out our fees and funding page for detailed information.

ACCCO has a range of government funding options available to students which may reduce the total cost of the qualification if you are eligible to receive funding. Check out the funding options as well as your eligibility to receive funding in our fees and funding page.

I cannot afford to pay the qualification up front. Can I pay as I go?

Definitely. ACCCO has payment options depending on the course you enrol into. These include:

  • Pay as you go. Pay only for your next unit.
  • Payment plans. Set up weekly, fortnightly, or monthly scheduled payments.

Please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 to discuss payment options applicable to you.

What would you like to know?

Throughout 2019 and the beginning of this year ACCCO have been very supportive. My trainer Jess responded promptly to all of my questions (even though I understand she is quite busy). She was professional, highly informative, flexible, and caring. She has a very kind and approachable demeanor, which makes working with her an absolute pleasure. I cannot commend her enough on the way she helped me through my studies, as I’m sure she does for all of her students.

Jesse Hewitt, Teacher Bridging Program, Brisbane QLD

My name is Olga, and I am studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. I have chosen to study with the ACCCO, because they have many years of experience in the industry, and because they have been very welcoming and supportive towards me from the very first time I came here. Read more.

Olga Kaltiugina, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

I chose ACCCO initially due to their flexible and user-friendly enrolments on to the course I wanted, a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Other training centres had strict enrolment dates meaning I would have had to wait 6 months, with ACCCO enrolment is fortnightly, no time wasting, allowing me to get started on my journey into a new career. Read more.

Mari Naraya, Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Alice is an exceptional trainer and presenter and has the ability to capture an entire audiences’ attention and sustain this for the entire duration of ACCCO training presentations. Her experience in the EC setting is evident through her knowledge and relatability to what she presents. ACCCO has customised training packages to suit our business requirements, being extremely receptive and willing to adapt based on feedback.

Lauren Taylor, Childcare Operations Manager, Bristol Group Pty Ltd

Our Service, Spring Farm ELC, has been working with Alice from ACCCO. We have been involved in several courses ranging from Supervision to Customer Service in Early Childhood, and these have always been tailor made to reflect best practice, current practice and our service’s needs. Their courses are well presented using different visuals, encompassing different learning styles and involving individual and group learning and thinking. Read more.

Christina Halliday, Spring Farm ELC

After completing and getting a full time job after completing my certificate III at the end of 2019, I decided that I wanted to further extend on my understating and knowledge of working with children. My Assistant manager sent me through this course at the exact right time. I signed up and begun the training within 2 weeks it’s amazing how the course is carried out I feel very comfortable and supported in my learning. Read more.

Maddison Roberts-Young

I’m study Cert III in early childhood education and care with ACCCO at Perth Campus. I have a great support frommy amazing trainer Melinda. In my class not only learn new things but we always have fun, when I finish my Cert III I will come back for my diploma with ACCCO.

Amornrat Lydon

Lorraine has worked really hard for me as she gave me encouragements on how to move forward with my studies. She never gave up on me and kept me going as a mother would. I can't thank her enough for all her help and guidance and support. A  trainer I would want to have for any further studies in my life. She always has a beautiful smile on her face and would talk so calmly and politely. Thank you so much Lorraine! Read more.


We have been using ACCCO as our RTO for 2 years now. Their assignments are in line with the skills needed in Day Care centres. The work-based projects allow my students to develop and demonstrate the skills needed to become a confident and effective educator. Communication through email and school visits are excellent. Materials for teachers, including comprehensive mark schemes are available to download from their website.

Allison Draycott - Academic Staff, Carmel College

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