AMI 12-18 Diploma (Orientation Upgrade)

The Orientation Upgrade stream is a pathway to an AMI 12-18 Montessori Diploma for students who graduated from eligible Orientation to Adolescent Studies programs conducted by AMI, NAMTA and/or Great Work.  

The Upgrade stream builds on the work already undertaken in the student’s Orientation program and extends upon this work to cover all content and experience required to complete an AMI 12-18 Montessori Diploma. 

Students in the “Upgrade stream” cohort would undertake various components online together in 2023 before joining the current AMI Diploma group cohort near Perth, Western Australia, for their final in-person block and exams in January 2024. 

This opportunity will inspire and further support a student’s work within adolescent communities.  

It is currently intended that this Orientation Upgrade opportunity will be offered once in connection with SMTC’s first AMI 12-18 Montessori Diploma, being held in Perth, Western Australia.

Course Snapshot

ModePart-time blendedOnline and in-person
In-person block locationFairbridge Village
Western Australia
4 weeks in-person in January 2024
Director of TrainingLaurie Ewert-Krocker Supported by a faculty of experienced educators
Eligible studentsGraduates of an Orientation to Adolescent Studies program conducted by AMI, NAMTA and/or Great Work, Inc in-person in 2020 or prior.See the list of eligible programs in section 4
QualificationAMI 12-18 Montessori DiplomaIssued by AMI*
Course Fees$9,000 plus GST (Australian Dollars)Applications due end of January 2023 but we are taking late applications currently.
Payment options Various payment option are available. See brochure
* See course brochure for further information.
Food and accommodation not included. See brochure

Course Schedule

OnlineLate February to June 2023
and September to November 2023
A monthly online session of 2 hours plus follow-up work of 10-12 hours per month
In-person2 – 27 January 2024
On-site at Fairbridge Village, near Perth, Western Australia
Other componentsFebruary to November 2023 (by arrangement)Observation
Practice Teaching
Literature Review
Exams27 January 2024On-site at Fairbridge Village, near Perth, Western Australia


Please review our full course brochure for all the details of the course including supporting material required to be submitted with your application or otherwise to SMTC by email by the end of January 2023. Note we continue to take late applications at this time.

More information

See our course brochure for full details of the course.

Contact us 

[email protected] 

0451 309 620

5 Years Of Work Experience?

It is SMTC’s understanding that those with certain AMI/NAMTA/GWI Orientation to Adolescent Studies Certificates taken in 2019 or prior and 5 years of working in a Montessori Adolescent Community since their Orientation, may be eligible depending on the circumstances for a full AMI 12-18 Montessori Diploma without undertaking the Orientation Upgrade and further study proposed here.  Simply contact AMI and/or Great Work as soon as possible to confirm the position if this relates to you and you have not already registered with these organisations in relation to this matter.  The Great Work Inc. website is and AMI’s website is