The Certificate III in Montessori Education costs $1000 +$200 non-refundable enrolment fee.

Students must pay a non-refundable course deposit of $200 on enrolment to secure your enrolment

The course cost includes:

  • training sessions

  • all materials used during the course

  • assessment tools

  • access to online guided learning portal

Upfront Payments

Students may choose to pay up to $1500 for their course upfront. Further payments of up to $1500 can be made at a later in the students enrolment. Course fees are to be paid via bank transfer to Building Futures Education once an invoice is received.

Payment Plans

Building Futures Education offers payments plans to students who require it. Payment plans are individually created with the student to ensure they meet the needs of the student.

The Certificate III in Montessori Early Childhood Education is designed to provide an Assistant Directress with a range of knowledge and skills to perform their role within a Montessori early childhood education and care setting.

  • Designed with real world Montessori Early Childhood Education knowledge and skills

  • 1 – 2 years to complete

  • Online guided learning portal

  • Small group, face-to-face or Live Online training options available

This course does not form part of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and is not recognised by ACECQA, therefore does not solely meet the NQF qualification requirements to work in a regulated Australia child care service as an early childhood educator.

Students studying this course, who intend to work in a regulated Australia child care service, will also be required to hold or be working towards an Early Childhood Qualification. Please click Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care for more information on how to enrol in these ACECQA approved early childhood qualifications.

Duration and Scheduling

Learning will be conducted in the training centre or via real time, scheduled online classes. These sessions are run on a Tuesday night from 5:30pm – 8:30pm AEST (Brisbane)  

Students are required to organise access to an Early Childhood Education and Care environment with a Montessori philosophy, as observation and practicum in a classroom is required as part of the course.

There are two choices for Delivery – your enrolment type will define how your course is delivered.


Our lessons are conducted in the classroom with the mode of face-to-face learning, within Montessori Early Childhood Environments and some online guided learning.

We give all students a set of learning guides and books, as well as online guided learning via our learner management system. Each student has access to their own personal portal where they can download and receive their assessments. Tutors are available via the phone, email, or face to face during classes. This ensures that students have full support from the college.

Virtual Learning Campus

These lessons will be held in our virtual classroom. They are scheduled and hosted in real-time virtually with your trainer.

We give all students a set of learning guides and books, as well as online guided learning via our learner management system. Each student has access to their own personal portal where they can download and receive their assessments. Tutors are available via the phone, email, or during virtual classes. This ensures that students have full support from the college.

This course is delivered part-time over a period of 1 – 2 years.

There is a cooling off period of 21 days for this course

Students must also complete:

  • 160 hours of classroom practicum – performing the activities outlined in the performance criteria of the units in at least one regulated education and care service with a Montessori philosophy

  • 100 hours of Montessori observation

  • 27 hours of theoretical tutorials

  • 438 hours of guided independent learning.

Methods of Study

We use competency-based assessment for all assessment activities. Students prove competency with demonstrations of written knowledge and practical skills. We take timelines into consideration for practical skills and students must meet the criteria as deemed industry competent by the assessor.

Formative evidence will be assessed in the form of an Assessment Task Portfolio. The Assessment Task Portfolio uses several assessment tools to accommodate the student’s individual needs. The assessment types include:

  • Written Assessments
  • Portfolio
  • Practical Observation
  • Projects
  • Research project
  • Case Study
  • Montessori Albums
  • Observation and Practicum logbooks
  • Material Examination

Student Technology and Resource Requirements


  • A free Canva account: to create your account go to www.canva.com.

  • A device, such as an Ipad or computer, to complete their learning, assessments and training sessions.

  • Video conferencing hardware including: a working computer camera, speakers and microphone on their chosen device. (Virutal Campus Students Only)

  • Reliable access to the internet.

  • A device to record themselves for the Practical Component.
  • Students to have a space to attend tutorials without interruption.

  • Students must have sound technology and digital literacy skills

Entry Requirements

There are no academic pre-requisites. However, we require students to take a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test at time of enrolment.


NAT11024001 Gather and use information about the child

NAT11024002 Promote Montessori philosophy theory and practice

NAT11024003 Assist in the facilitation of the Montessori curriculum

NAT11024004 Maintain the learning environment

NAT11024005 Support Practical Life and Grace and Courtesy development

NAT11024006 Support Montessori language development

NAT11024007 Support sensory development

NAT11024008 Support Cultural, Science and The Arts development

NAT11024009 Support mathematical development

Career Opportunities

Working within the Early Childhood Education industry with services who utilise the Montessori method. This may present as an Educator within a long day care environment, in the Family Day Care industry as an educator, or within a Montessori school setting as a teacher aide or in conjunction with teaching qualifications, as a Montessori teacher. Each sector has their own requirements and we recommend you contact your sector before enrolling.

Unique Student Identifier

From 1st January 2015, we can be prevented from issuing you with a Nationally Recognised VET Qualification or statement of attainment when you complete your course if you do not have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). In addition, we are required to include your USI in the data we submit to NCVER.

How to Apply

Step 1: Enrolment Enquiry

To let us know that you are interested in studying this course complete an Enquiry Form by clicking on Apply.  Once we have received this form and confirmed eligibility we will send you information regarding your course. You will be required to send back a confirmation that you would like to go ahead training with us.

Step 2: Complete Induction course

You will be sent a link to log into our Student Management System Axcelerate to complete our online induction course. During this induction you will be given in depth information about your course and Building Futures Education. Once this is complete you will be sent the online enrolment form.

Step 3: Commence Training

You will be enrolled into the Nationally Recognised Course you have chosen with Building Futures Education and you can commence your training.