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How to Become a Child Care Trainer (and Succeed!)
If you enjoy teaching and caring for children, why not share your passion by training other people to do the same?
Child care is massively growing today so it’s no surprise that many Australians are seeking jobs in this industry. In fact, more than 50,000 child care workers will be needed over the next several years, but a role as a “hands-on” early childhood educator or teacher isn’t your only career option.
This massive surge in demand for child care workers also means that trainers are now more critical than ever. After all, only qualified trainers are allowed to teach accredited early childhood courses that all new child care workers need to get a job.
With the right training and experience, you can fill this role and start a career as a child care trainer.
So no doubt you are already thinking – how do I get started on becoming a trainer?
Salary of Child Care Workers and Trainers – a Massive Leap?
When you make the decision to become a child care trainer, besides from passing on your passion to others, you could also significantly increase your income. There is a massive pay difference between child care educators and trainers.
Full time child care workers earn a median salary of $740 per week. Meanwhile, median salaries for training-related jobs are:
Your salary will depend a lot on your experience, qualifications, location, and industry so it’s important to start today and make the leap to become a child care trainer.
So how do you do just that?
Step 1: Study Early Childhood Courses and Gain Work Experience
Having the right background is essential in any career, and child care is no exception. This means you must study and gain a nationally recognised qualification.
All child care employers are now required to have formally qualified staff because of the stricter standards of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). This means you must hold one of the ACECQA-recognised courses below (or their equivalent) to get a job in child care:
The Certificate III ECE is Australia’s minimum standard for child care. All educators in centres and family day cares are required to hold or study this course since it teaches the core skills you will use daily when you start working.
The Cert III in Early Childhood Ed has 18 units and takes only 1 year to complete. This includes 120 hours of work placement that will give you work experience in a child care facility.
At least 50% of all educators in a centres and family day cares are required to hold or study the Diploma ECE. This Diploma child care course teaches advanced skills on how to manage a your own facility, and makes you eligible for higher positions such as Director, Group Leader or Supervisor.
The Diploma of Early Childhood Ed takes up to 2 years to complete. This includes at least 240 placement hours in a child care facility.
Important! You can only train for qualifications that you already hold. To maximise your career opportunities, it may help to hold both the Cert III and Diploma of ECE. This makes you eligible for more training roles since you can teach both courses.
Step 2: Get Qualified as a Trainer and Assessor
Early childhood education courses help you find work and develop hands-on work experience, but this isn’t enough to become a child care care trainer.
Vocational courses, such as the Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education, are strictly regulated by Government bodies. You can only train and assess for these child care courses after you become a qualified trainer and have current work experience.
Becoming a qualified trainer with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
The latest standard for vocational trainers is the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or TAE40110. You must study and complete this “train the trainer” course to learn the core skills you need as a qualified trainer and assessor.
The Cert IV TAE course has 10 units and can be completed in less than 1 year. You can study it online, through Face to Face workshops or a mix of these two methods. You can even fast track your course and skip units through Recognition of Prior Learning if you already have training-related work experience and can show evidence of it.
Once you have gained your TAE40110, completed one or more early childhood courses, and gained experience you can now start thinking about seeking work as a child care trainer.
Step 3: Where to Look for Work as an Early Childhood Trainer?
Are you Cert IV TAE and Early Childhood Education qualified? Great! You can now pursue careers as a vocational trainer!
Training roles are often found in TAFEs and other registered training organisations (RTOs) where qualified trainers are needed the most. These include:
• RTOs that offer training to the public for a fee
• High schools that offer Certificate I, II and III training to their own students.
• Universities that run their own RTO or partner with a TAFE
• Large child care centres that offer courses and traineeships to their own staff
Many businesses also require in-house training for their own staff. You can apply as a corporate trainer here and create and deliver training programs that induct and upskill their staff.
Recap: Becoming a Child Care Trainer
Child care is rapidly growing and tens of thousands more childhood educators are needed in the coming years.
To fill this demand, Australia needs qualified trainers to teach new workers the skills they need to become educators. To become a child care trainer you must:
- Complete a child care course and earn on the job experience in a child care facility
- Gain the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment so you can deliver nationally recognised child care courses
- Apply for training related positions in TAFEs, RTOs, and large child care facilities.
Remember that your qualifications and work experience need to be current to become a child care trainer.
Once you complete these steps, you can now expand into a training career and help more Australians start their own.
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