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Certificate III in Outside School Hours Care

Certificate III in Outside School Hours Care

The Certificate III in Outside School Hours Care was approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority in August 2021. The qualification was developed by NOSHSA. The outcomes of the course were designed to meet the needs of the Outside School Hours Care sector in response to changes to equivalent qualifications within the national education and care services training package. The qualification seeks to provide adequate and appropriate preparation for educators entering the growing OSHC workforce.

Successful completion of this course will require learners to:

  • undertake work experience with an employer

  • complete written assignments/projects

  • complete self-study to revise and reinforce areas of knowledge

  • practice/application of skills and knowledge acquired through supervised learning activities

  • conduct research to gain up to date industry information.


To achieve this qualification the individual must have completed a total of at least 320 hours of work with school age children in a regulated children’s education and care service. The time required to undertake these activities will vary between students based on their experience.

A Statement of Attainment will be issued for any unit of competency successfully completed if the full qualification is not completed.

Entry requirements

Entrants to the Certificate III in Outside School Hours Care must:

  • be 15 years of age or over

  • meet the requirements for working with children and in the relevant Australian State/Territory.

It is also recommended entrants have:

  • a minimum three (3) months employment or volunteer experience in working with children in Outside School Hours Care (unless a school-based trainee)

  • language, literacy and numeracy levels sufficient to comprehend relevant documents, prepare written reports and document observations

How to enrol

There following RTOs are accepting enrolments for the Certificate III in Outside School Hours Care at the date of this publication.

ADAPT Education


TAFE Queensland

NOSHSA are currently negotiating funding arrangements with State and Territory governments for the Certificate III in Outside School Hours Care as well as the delivery of the qualification with suitably experienced Registered Training Organisations.

Inquiries about the Certificate III in Outside School Hours Care can be directed to Kylie Brannelly:

1300 781 749

“The program is like a community, we are like a family here. After School Care is like the modern neighbourhood, children of primary school age coming together and playing in our OSHC neighbourhood. Work in OSHC is appealing for many educators because it is fun and dynamic and the children are so creative and inspiring. It’s awesome to watch them learn and grow in OSHC.” Coordinator

“My interactions with the children are the most integral part of my job, they are the reason I’m here. Their individuality, their humour, their growth and their agency. It is rewarding and joyful to be a part of the children’s day to day lives.” Educator

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