AMI Montessori 3-6 Orientation Certificate

Course Description

The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) 3-6 Orientation Certificate course is designed to give an overview of the 3-6 child and a clear understanding of Montessori philosophy regarding children of this age.

Who applies?

This course is suitable for any adult who wants to better understand the Montessori approach to child development, including classroom assistants, school administrators, teachers, student teachers, specialist teachers, those in other professions working with children as well as parents, grandparents and carers.


AMI Montessori 3-6 Orientation Certificate


Amy Kirkham

Delivery Mode

This course will be delivered online in a part-time format.

The course components include lecture, reading and discussion and practical activities for a total of 60 hours.  This is comprised of:

  • 33 hours “live” online:  students are required to be online, with their cameras on, for all the live lecture sessions.  The face-to-face online aspects facilitate connection, discussion, questions and learning.
  • 27 hours offline: including recorded information, guided reading, material making and practice of movements and oral language.  This involves independent work.

There are nine additional hours of observation, and students must submit an observation report and three short papers during the course.

The face-to-face aspects facilitating connection are still present with synchronous (in real time) online components.

Upcoming Course Schedule

We are now taking applications for our AMI 3-6 Orientation Certificate commencing online on 1 July 2024.

Trainer: Amy Kirkham

1 July – 24 July 2024
Monday1 July6.00pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday3 July 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Monday8 July6.00pm – 9.00pm
Tuesday9 July6.00pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday10 July6.00pm – 9.00pm
Monday15 July6.00pm – 9.00pm
Tuesday16 July6.00pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday17 July6.00pm – 9.00pm
 Monday22 July6.00pm – 9.00pm
Tuesday23 July6.00pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday24 July6.00pm – 9.00pm
* Times are in AEST – Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra timezone)
* Please note that the session day sequence changes throughout the course.

How to apply

  • No prerequisites for applicants who wish to enrol into the AMI 3-6 Orientation Certificate course
  • Applicants can register online by completing the AMI Montessori 3-6 Orientation Certificate Application Form
  • SMTC sends a letter of offer and an invoice once your application has been processed.

Course Fees

  • $1,400 AUD + GST (Excluding materials and books)
  • Instalment payment arrangements to suit your circumstances can be considered on request by email to [email protected].
  • As this course is conducted entirely online, GST is payable by Australian residents only or persons undertaking the course whilst in Australia.

Course Outline and Completion Requirements

The AMI Montessori 3-6 Orientation Certificate is awarded to those who complete all of the following requirements.  Students who receive certificates must;  

  • maintain a minimum 90% attendance (your camera must be on and you need to be visible to the trainer to qualify as being in attendance);  
  • complete nine (9) hours of observation of children aged 3 to 6 years; 
  • complete an observation report; 
  • complete three (3) short 500-word papers; and 
  • prepare handmade materials.

Required Reading

The following texts can be purchased from Montessori Materials Australia as well as other suppliers:

  • The Secret of Childhood
  • The Child in the Family
  • Education for a New World
  • The Absorbent Mind


Association Montessori Internationale

The Certificate is awarded by the Association Montessori Internationale and does not form part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

AMI is considered as the worldwide leader in Montessori education. Its certified training is acknowledged for its rigour and authenticity and the Certificate is internationally recognised.

The Certificate does not automatically qualify the holder to educate as a teacher’s aide or assistant. The State or Country in which the Certificate holder wishes to work may have other requirements that must be fulfilled.

Previous Courses

5 February – 24 February 2024
Monday5 February6.00pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday7 February6.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday10 February9am – 12 noon and
  1pm – 4pm
Monday12 February6.00pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday14 February6.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday17 February9am – 12 noon and
  1pm – 4pm
Wednesday21 February6.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday24 February9am – 12 noon and
  1pm – 4pm
  • Times are in AEDT – Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra timezone)
  • Please note that the session sequence changes throughout the course.


The Course was a great opportunity to expand my understanding of the Montessori approach to education. As a parent and preschool committee member I really enjoyed the opportunity to connect further with the stories, interactions and moments I feel I only catch a glimpse of from my son. Education is a lot more than what just happens in the classroom. It’s enriched the conversations I now have with my son’s teachers and spurred me on to explore career opportunities in a Montessori environment.