Specialist Accredited Tutors and Related Areas of Study

The Australian Tutoring Association (ATA) has set the requirements for eligibility as a Specialist Accredited Tutor, as well as the education requirements required to select specific subjects as areas of specialisation.

Where a tutor selects a particular subject as a ‘specialist’ subject, Accredited Tutor will manually review their education background against the requirements specified.  If Accredited Tutor cannot verify that the required education to support the ‘specialist’ classification is met, then the subject will be manually removed from the ‘specialist subject list’ for that tutor.

A tutor that has applied to be a ‘Specialist Accredited Tutor’, and is eligible to do so, will be allowed to nominate up to 5 subjects as areas of specialisation, provided the requirements specified below are met for all the subjects nominated.

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Specialist Primary Subjects:

Subjects that are specifically targeting primary school level students, including ‘Reading Recovery’ and ‘Reading Special Needs’ require completion of a tertiary degree in education

 

Related Areas of Study

A number of subjects can be nominated as ‘specialist’ subjects where the applicant has completed 3 years full time equivalent study in a field closely related to the specialist subject.  A full list of subjects and their associated requirements for specialist nomination are provided in Table 1 below.

 

Tertiary Subjects

Some subjects are designated ‘tertiary’ subjects, i.e. they are deemed to only be relevant at tertiary level.  Examples of tertiary subjects include: architecture, corporate finance, fluid mechanics, catchment hydrology.  Designated ‘tertiary’ subjects have higher education benchmarks for ‘specialist’ designation with Accredited Tutor.  Generally the requirement is completion of a Bachelors or Masters degree in that area of study.

 

Unique Subjects

There are other variations to the general requirements for certain unique subjects such as ‘Music Theory’ where other relevant education requirements are appropriate.  Moreover, for some subjects, ‘specialist’ accreditation is not available for example ‘excel modelling’ Table 1 overleaf provides the specific requirements for each subject.

 

What if I Don’t Meet the Requirements?

If you do not meet the minimum education requirements for a listed subject, you cannot list that subject as a ‘specialist’ subject on your profile (although you can list it as a subject you tutor, subject to the Rules of Accreditation which require that you only list subjects in which you are competent to tutor).   All variations to the tutor accreditation framework, including related areas of study for specialisation, must be approved by the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA) prior to inclusion in these requirements.

 

Table 1.  Minimum Education Requirements for Specialist Classification

Subject

Minimum Education Requirements for Specialist Classification

Primary Literacy & English

Bachelors degree in Education or Primary Teaching

Reading Recovery

Bachelors degree in Education or Primary Teaching

Reading Special Needs

Bachelors degree in Education or Primary Teaching

Maths

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science, engineering or mathematics degree.  Or Masters degree in Mathematics, Engineering or Science.

Primary Maths

Bachelors degree in Education or Primary Teaching

General Maths

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science, engineering or mathematics degree.  .  Or Masters degree in Mathematics, Engineering or Science.

Algebra

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science, engineering or mathematics degree.  .  Or Masters degree in Mathematics, Engineering or Science.

Calculus

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science (with maths major) or mathematics degree.  Or Masters degree in Mathematics.

Statistics

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science (with maths or statistics major) or mathematics degree.  Or Masters degree in Mathematics.

Geometry

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science, engineering or mathematics degree.  Or Masters degree in Mathematics.

Trigonometry

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science, engineering or mathematics degree.  Or Masters degree in Mathematics.

Advanced Tertiary Maths (tertiary)

Bachelors degree in Mathematics or Science (with Mathematics major, including mathematics variants).  Or Masters degree in Mathematics.

English

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in a degree course with english or english literature major.  Or Masters degree in English or English Literature.

English Language (ESL)

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in a degree course with a humanities major

English Literature

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in a degree course with english or english literature major.  Or Masters degree in English or English Literature.

Essay Writing

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in a degree course with english or english literature major.  Or Masters degree in English or English Literature.

Science

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science, medicine or engineering degree.  Or Masters degree in Science, Physics, Chemistry or Biology.

Anatomy

3 years full time equivalent study in a medicine degree course, or science degree course with anatomy or biophysical science major

Basic Science

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science, engineering degree.  Or Masters degree in Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Engineering discipline.

Biology

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science degree with biology major.  Or Masters degree in Biology.

Chemistry

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science degree with chemistry major.  Or Masters degree in Chemistry.

Environmental Science

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science degree with environmental science, geography or ecology major.  Or Masters degree in Environmental Science, geography or ecology.

Physics

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in science degree with physics major.  Or Masters degree in physics.

 

 

 

 

Accounting

3 years full time equivalent study in a degree course with accounting major.  Or Masters degree in commerce or accounting.

Accounting – Auditing (tertiary)

3 years full time equivalent study in accounting or B Commerce degree with Accounting major.  Or Masters degree in commerce or accounting.

Accounting – Financial Statement Analysis (tertiary)

3 years full time equivalent study in accounting or B Commerce degree with Accounting Major, and inclusions of Financial Statement Analysis.  Or Masters degree in commerce or accounting.

Accounting – Forensic Accounting (tertiary)

3 years full time equivalent study in accounting or B Commerce degree with Accounting major.  Or Masters degree in commerce or accounting.

Agriculture

3 years full time equivalent study in Agricultural Science, or Science degree with Agriculture major.  Or Masters degree in Agricultural Science.

Architecture (tertiary)

Completed Bachelor of Architecture or Bachelor of Architectural Design or Building Design.  Or Masters degree in Architecture.

Art

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in a degree course with art or art history major.  Or Masters degree in Art, or Art History.

Automotive

3 years full time equivalent study as an automechanic or automotive engineering

Building & Construction

Completed Bachelor of Building or Bachelor of Building Surveying

Business

Bachelor of Commerce Degree or MBA

Business Management

3 years full time equivalent study in commerce degree with business major, or completed MBA

Classical Studies

3 years full time equivalent tertiary study in a degree course with classical studies major

Corporate Finance (tertiary)

Bachelor or Masters Degree in Commerce and or Accounting

Excel Modeling

no ‘specialist’ status available

Programming – Android

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – C++

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – CSS & HTML

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – iPhone

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – Java

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – Linux

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – MySQL

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – Photoshop & Illustrator

3 years full time equivalent study in design or graphic design.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – PHP

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – Python

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – Ruby on Rails

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Web design

3 years full time equivalent study in design or graphic design.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Programming – Web Development

3 years full time equivalent in computer science or computer programming.  Or Masters degree in computer science or computer programming.

Conservation & Land Management

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with conservation, land management, geography or ecology major.  Or Masters degree in conservation, land management, geography or ecology.

Design and Technology

3 years full time equivalent study in design or graphic design.  Or Masters degree in design and Technology.

Digital Media

no ‘specialist’ status available

Economics

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with economics major.  Or Masters Degree or Doctorate in Economics.

Engineering (tertiary)

Bachelor or Masters degree in Engineering

Thermodynamics (tertiary)

Bachelor or Masters degree in Chemical Engineering

Structural engineering (tertiary)

Bachelor or Masters degree in Structural or Civil Engineering

Electrical engineering (tertiary)

Bachelor or masters degree in electrical engineering

Materials Science

3 years full time equivalent study in materials science or materials engineering

Fluid Mechanics (tertiary)

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) or Masters degree in fluid mechanics

Biological engineering (tertiary)

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical), or Masters degree in Biological Engineering.

Electromagnetism and Electromagnetics (tertiary)

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical or Electrical), or Masters Degree in Electrical or Chemical Engineering.

Equine Industry

no ‘specialist’ status available

Polymer Engineering (tertiary)

Bachelor of Engineering (Materials) or Bachelor of Materials Science, or Masters or Doctorate in materials Science or Engineering (Materials)

Genetics (tertiary)

Bachelor of Genetics, or Bachelor of Science (Molecular Science, biochemistry or Genetics), or Bachelor of Medical Science, or Bachelor of Medicine, or Masters or Doctorate in Science with genetics specialisation.

Traffic Flow (tertiary)

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), or Masters degree in Civil Engineering

Structural design (tertiary)

Bachelor or Masters degree in Engineering (Civil or Structural)

Structural Analysis (tertiary)

Bachelor of Masters degree in Engineering (Civil or Structural)

Catchment hydrology (tertiary)

Bachelor or Masters degree in Engineering (Civil)

Soil mechanics (tertiary)

Bachelor or Masters degree in Engineering (Civil)

Marketing

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in marketing (or a marketing variant).  Or Masters degree in marketing, or business with marketing specialisation.

Public Relations

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in public relations

Journalism

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in journalism

Fashion Design

Bachelor of Fashion or Bachelor of Fashion Design.

Finance

Bachelor or Masters Degree in Commerce and or Accounting

Food & Technology

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in food, food science or food & technology

Geography

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in geography, conservation, land management, or ecology.  Or Masters degree in geography, conservation, land management or ecology.

Geophysics

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in geophysics or geology, or Masters degree in geophysics or geology.

History

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in History (or any history variant) or Bachelor of History. Or Masters degree in History.

Horticulture

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in horticulture

Industrial Technology

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in industry technology

Information Technology

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in computer science

Investment Banking (tertiary)

Bachelor of Commerce with major in Investment or Investment Banking or Masters Degree in investment or investment banking

Legal Studies

3 years full time equivalent study in legal degree course

Linguistics

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with linguistic major, or Masters degree with Linguistics specialisation.

Media

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in media or media studies, or Masters degree with Media specialisation.

Music

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in music, or 8th Grade ( in any musical instrument) through Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) or Royal Schools of Music.  Or Masters degree with Music specialisation.

Music Theory

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in music theory, or completion of Grade 6 Music Theory (through Australian Music Exam board, or Royal Schools of Music).  Or Masters / Doctorate with music specialisation.

Philosophy

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in philosophy, or Masters or Doctorate in philosophy

Physical education

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in physical education, or Masters in Physical Education.

Physiology

3 years full time equivalent study in Medicine degree, or science degree with physiology major, or Masters degree with Physiology specialisation.

Politics – Australian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Australian Politics; or Masters or Doctorate with Australian Politics specialisation

Politics – International

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in International Politics or International Relations; or Masters or Doctorate with International Politics / International Relations specialisation

Psychology

3 years full time equivalent study in psychology degree, or degree course with major in psychology, or Masters degree in Psychology.

Reading Recovery

Tertiary degree in primary education (3 years full time equivalent)

Religious Studies

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in religious studies.  Or Masters degree with Religious Studies specialisation.

Science

3 years full time equivalent study in science degree course.  Or Masters degree in Science.

Society and Culture

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major anthropology or society and culture.  Or masters degree with anthropology, society and culture specialisation.

Sociology

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in sociology.  Or Masters or Doctorate in Sociology.

Software Development (tertiary)

Bachelor of Computer Science, or Masters degree in Computer Science.

Theatre Studies

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in theatre studies.  Or Masters degree with theatre studies specialisation.

 

 

Languages

 

Albanian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Albanian

Arabic

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Arabic

Armenian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Armenian

Auslan

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Auslan

Bengali

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Bengali

Bosnian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Bosnian

Chinese

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Chinese

Croatian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Croatian

Czech

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Czech

Dutch

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Dutch

English Language

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in English Language

French

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in French

German

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in German

Greek

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Greek

Hebrew

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Hebrew

Hebrew

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Hebrew

Hindi

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Hindi

Hungarian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Hungarian

Indonesian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Indonesian

Italian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Italian

Japanese

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Japanese

Khmer

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Khmer

Korean

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Korean

Latin

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Latin

Latvian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Latvian

Lithuanian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Lithuanian

Macedonian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Macedonian

Maltese

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Maltese

Persian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Persian

Polish

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Polish

Portuguese

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Portuguese

Punjabi

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Punjabi

Romanian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Romanian

Russian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Russian

Serbian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Serbian

Sinhala

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Sinhala

Slovenenian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Slovenenian

Spanish

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Spanish

Swedish

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Swedish

Tamil

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Tamil

Turkish

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Turkish

Ukranian

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Ukranian

Vietnamese

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Vietnamese

Yiddish

3 years full time equivalent study in degree course with major in Yiddish