The Australian Centre for Montessori Studies (ACMS) is a national organisation committed to providing quality training to the Montessori teaching community, and to those interested in becoming qualified in the Montessori method.
There are basically two components to teaching qualifications within Montessori, one being what is mandated by the government and the other being the Montessori pedagogical training required by a Montessori school/centre. We deliver courses for both, for Montessori Assistants and Montessori Teachers (Directors/Directresses).
From 1 January 2014, all educators working with children from birth to preschool age must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved Certificate III level education and care qualification and 50% of educators in a centre must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification.
ACMS offers the nationally accredited Certificate III in Children's Services and the Diploma of Children's Services courses to meet these requirements. For the Montessori training, Assistants can enrol in the AMI Montessori Certificate Course and teachers can undertake the AMI Montessori Diploma Course (at the 0-3, 3-6 or 6-12 age level).