The only Nationally Recognised Montessori Diploma in Australia



The Diploma of Montessori Early Childhood Education provides a comprehensive and detailed study of the theory and skills involved in the delivery of a Montessori education program for children aged 0-6 years. This course is Nationally Recognised, with more information available at: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/10718NAT


Learning will be conducted in the training centre for 3 hours of face to face training. These sessions are held on Monday nights from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. We have a campus on the Northside and Southside of Brisbane. 

Our workshop classes are held twice a month a Saturday at our Southside Campus only. These workshops run from 8am – 4pm. Click here to view the Events Calendar

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

Students must attend 30 hours of theory training as well as 90 hours of didactical (Montessori material) training. This training is face to face with a Montessori Trainer/Assessor.

Students must also complete:

  • 350 hours of classroom practicum – performing the activities outlined in the performance criteria of the units during a period of at least 250 hours of work in at least one regulated education and care service with a Montessori philosophy.
  • 100 hours of observation within a 0 – 3 environment.
  • 100 hours of observation within a 3 – 6 environment and,
  • 350 hours of guided independent learning.


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 the support of the college.


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

Diploma of Montessori Education


Working within the Early Childhood Education industry with services who utilize 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.


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.

Your USI (Unique Student Identifier) is your individual education number for life. It also creates an online record of your Australian training achievements.

You need a USI if you are:

  • undertaking Nationally Recognised Training  
  • a higher education student seeking Commonwealth financial assistance (eg a HECS-HELP loan)
  • a higher education student graduating in 2023 or beyond.

Follow the link below for everything you need to know about creating, finding, managing and sharing your USI.



The Diploma of Montessori Education costs $5000 (2021 pricing)

Students must pay a non-refundable course deposit of $200 on enrolment on top of the course costs. This ensures your place and your allocation of text books.

The cost includes:

  • all course materials
  • all assessment activities
  • support throughout your course


UPFRONT PAYMENT: 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.


Unit code Unit Title
MCECCD501 Facilitate the individual child’s cultural development
MCECMD502 Facilitate the child’s cognitive and mathematical development
MCECPP503 Apply Montessori core principles and practices in a child’s development program
MCEDLE504 Develop and maintain the learning environment
MCEDLP505 Design and develop Montessori learning programs
MCELCS506 Develop and enhance the language and communication skills of the child
MCEPLS507 Develop strategies to facilitate practical life skills
MCESEC508 Develop and refine the child’s sensory processing
MCESEP509 Manage stakeholder education programs
MCESGB510 Strategically support and guide the child’s behaviour using Montessori principles and practices

Ready to enrol? Click on the link below.



Southside Campus –  15 High Street, Forest Lake 4078

Northside Campus – 33 Brae St Wavell Heights 4032

(07) 3073 5000