While studying your qualification with Gowrie Victoria, you will have access to a range of services and support, including academic support, counselling services and language, literacy and numeracy support.

Our Student Handbook will give you all the information you need about being a student at Gowrie Victoria. This handbook will also be provided when you enrol.

Student Handbook

Skills Recognition

You may have broad skills, life and work experience, informal learning or incomplete formal learning that you may be able to gain credit for towards a qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care. If you are a current or prospective student, you can apply to have your skills recognised, and you may be able to complete your qualification in less time. This can be done via direct Credit Transfer, Recognition of Current Competency, or Recognition of Prior Learning.

Credit Transfer Credit transfer is the recognition of specified learning previously undertaken where equivalent units of competence have been successfully completed. Gowrie Victoria recognises only formal documentation such as official certificates of completion (testamurs), record of results and/or statement of attainments. All documents must be either in their original form or a certified copy of the original document.

Recognition of Current Competency Recognition of Current Competency is the assessment of a student’s current capacity to perform. It applies if a student has previously completed the requirements of a Unit of Competency and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency is being maintained. This is particularly relevant where there is a requirement for an occupational license or ticket in order to practice in the skills area, e.g first aid.

Recognition of Prior Learning Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that assesses whether the skills and knowledge you already have count towards recognised qualifications. This may be relevant if you have:

  • work experience in the children’s services sector (paid or unpaid)
  • community work experience
  • gained prior formal training, skills and knowledge
  • other relevant life experience.

To support your RPL application, you will need to provide evidence such as work appraisals, job descriptions, photos and work sample, relevant formal qualifications, resume and references, evidence of participation in professional learning sessions, eyewitness testimonies. If you are unsure whether your prior learning is relevant and you would like to discuss your experience with our team, please contact us today.

Placement and Assessment Program

Learners completing Certificate III and Diploma level qualifications will be required to complete placement hours. This is a terrific opportunity for you to gain guided experience within the early childhood education and care industry, whilst practising and developing the skills you have acquired throughout your course. Placement can be voluntary or it can take place at your current workplace, depending on your circumstances.

  • Certificate III level learners are required to complete at least 160 hours of placement.
  • Diploma level learners must complete a minimum of 280 hours of placement.

A Gowrie Victoria Assessor will visit you throughout the duration of your qualification to assess your workplace skills. Should you require assistance with finding placement, please contact us.


Australian Apprenticeships (traineeships) are the best way to combine training and employment for employees wanting to achieve nationally recognised qualification. A traineeship is a signed agreement between an employer and an employee in which the trainee agrees to learn the skills needed for a particular occupation or trade. Traineeships are available to anyone of working age, including school-leavers and those re-entering the workforce, and do not require any entry qualifications. Gowrie Victoria supports employees wanting to undertake a traineeship whilst employed in the early childhood services. For more information about traineeships visit the Australian Apprenticeship website. If you would like further information or require any assistance contact us today.

Audit Result and Compliance

Registered training organisations are audited by their relevant registering body on a regular basis. To view our latest audit report: click here.