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Person (employed)—level of highest qualification in early childhood education and care, code N[N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termLevel of highest qualification relevant to early childhood education and care
METeOR identifier:Help on this term441594
Registration status:Help on this termEarly Childhood, Superseded 28/05/2014
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The highest level of early childhood education and care-related qualification a person employed in early childhood education and care has attained, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Person (employed)—level of highest qualification in employment field

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Classification of Education 2001
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[N]
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
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ValueMeaning
1Postgraduate degree
2Graduate diploma or graduate certificate level
3Bachelor degree (honours)
4Bachelor degree pass (4 years or equivalent)
5Bachelor degree pass (3 years or equivalent)
6Advanced diploma
7Diploma
8Certificate level 3 or 4
9Certificate level 1 or 2
10Other certificate
Supplementary values:Help on this term
97Not applicable (no qualification in early education and care related field)
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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Permissible values

CODE 1 Postgraduate degree

This level includes Doctorates and Masters Degrees, either by research or coursework.  Common entry requirements are completion of a Bachelor Degree (with or without Honours) and a qualifying year or equivalent, or a research based Graduate Diploma.

CODE 2 Graduate diploma and graduate certificate level

The Graduate Diploma is usually the equivalent of one year of full time study, while the Graduate Certificate is usually the equivalent of six months full time study.  Entry to a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate is usually through satisfactory completion of a Bachelor Degree or an Advanced Diploma, and demonstrated potential to complete work at this level.  Postgraduate certificates and diplomas are also included in this category.

CODE 3 Bachelor degree (honours)

Honours is the extended period of study in a specialised field which is offered to students in some courses achieving outstanding results in a relevant discipline or demonstrating outstanding achievement in the early years of a Bachelor program.

CODE 4 Bachelor degree pass (4 years or equivalent)

Entry to this level is by various pathways which may include the completion of Year 12 or equivalent, or completion of a recognised program and/or recognition of prior learning. Four year university qualified refers to the length of the qualification if the whole program was studied full-time.

CODE 5 Bachelor degree pass (3 years or equivalent)

Entry to this level is by various pathways which may include the completion of Year 12 or equivalent, or completion of a recognised program and/or recognition of prior learning. Three year university qualified refers to the length of the qualification if the whole program was studied full-time.

CODE 6  Advanced diploma

Education at this level includes analysing information and concepts at an abstract level and executing judgements across a range of technical and management functions.  Entry to this level is by various pathways which may include the completion of Year 12 or equivalent, or completion of a recognised program and/or recognition of prior learning.

CODE 7 Diploma

Education at this level may also develop basic management or administrative skills.  Entry to this level is by various pathways which may include the completion of Year 12 or equivalent, or completion of a recognised program and/or recognition of prior learning.

CODE 8 Certificate level 3 or 4

Entry to this level is by various pathways which may include the completion of Year 10 or equivalent, or higher, or completion of a recognised program and/or recognition of prior learning.

CODE 9 Certificate level 1 or 2

Entry to this level is by various pathways which may include the completion of Year 10 or equivalent, or higher, or completion of a recognised program and/or recognition of prior learning.

CODE 10 Other certificate

Any certificate not covered by the previous two categories.

Supplementary values

CODE 97 Not applicable

Use this code when there is no qualification in an early childhood education and care related field.

 

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This item collects the highest level of early childhood education and care-related qualification attained by the worker. Only completed qualifications should be reported.

This item is only required to be reported for paid contact workers in early childhood education and care services.

This data element provides the information required for the reporting under the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education in relation to early childhood education teachers.

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The level of highest qualification reported should be in relation to the field of education relevant to early childhood education and care reported for the data element Education field of highest relevant qualification in early childhood education and care.

A Bachelor degree pass 4 year equivalent includes staff who have been deemed to have the necessary skills and qualifications to be employed as a 4 year degree equivalent teacher by the jurisdiction.

‘Equivalent’ is defined as where certain employment and educational experience is deemed to be comparable to a certain level of qualification (i.e. a ‘grandfathered’ qualification). For example, an individual, or group of individuals, may have an early childhood diploma and 10 years’ experience, but the government department or regulatory agency has recognised the individual’s, or group of individuals’, qualifications as equivalent to a four year early childhood university degree.

Source and reference attributes

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Early Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG) 

Steward:Help on this termEarly Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)
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Relational attributes

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See also Person (employed)—education field of highest relevant qualification, early childhood education and care, code N[N] Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012

See also Person (employed)—education field of highest relevant qualification, in early childhood education and care, code N[N] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Has been superseded by Person (employed)—level of highest qualification in early childhood education and care, code N[N] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Supersedes Person (employed)—level of highest qualification in employment field, early childhood education and care, code N[N] Early Childhood, Superseded 07/06/2011

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

Early childhood education and care worker cluster Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012

DSS specific attributes +

Early childhood education and care worker cluster Early Childhood, Superseded 08/04/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Early childhood education and care worker cluster Early Childhood, Superseded 28/05/2014

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