Do you offer online courses?
AMI courses are usually face to face courses, however in the current Covid-19 Pandemic and the challenges this brings AMI has given approval for courses to be run online or in a blended format (with some online components).  Each course and the individual situation (for example if this is a new course, if it is a course already underway, the different restrictions in place at the course location) is considered by AMI before approval is granted.
Is the Orientation course new?
The orientation courses are the “old” AMI Assistant Certificate courses.  Here is an extract from AMI explaining this further:
“…it has been decided to rename the short courses that were originally named ‘Assistants Courses’. All short courses 60+ hours will be renamed Montessori Orientations.  Renaming courses previously called ‘Assistants Courses’ will remove the confusion between the Assistants to Infancy Diploma and Assistants Courses and will also be a more accurate description of what these courses offer.
How widely is the AMI Diploma recognised?

The Diploma issued by AMI is identical throughout the world, according to the level followed (0-3; 3-6; 6-12). In some Countries, National, or Regional educational authorities may request additional qualifications.


Do I have to pay the fees all at once?
As the Orientation courses are short courses the full fee does need to be paid upon enrolment, however fees can be paid in instalments for the Diploma courses.  Please refer to the fees page for more information.
Which course should I study?
If you are looking for a general overview on how you can support children’s development, the Orientation courses are a great starting point.  If you are considering a future career as an Educator you may like to enrol in a Diploma courses.  For more information about each course, click on the individual course links.
What is the difference between the Foundation Course and the Orientation Courses?
The Foundation course is a prerequisite for enrolment in the 6-12 Diploma if you do not already hold an AMI 3-6 Diploma. It provides an understanding of the foundation for optimal 6-12 development created through experience in the 3-6 classroom. The Orientation courses are designed to give an overview of the 0-3, 3-6 or 6-12 child and an understanding of Montessori philosophy regarding children of this age.  It is suitable for adults interested in learning more about Montessori theory and practice including classroom assistants, parents and administrators.
How long are the different courses?
The Orientation courses are 60 hours plus 9 hours of observations. The Foundation course is equivalent to 5 weeks full time study and the Diploma course is equivalent to one year full time study.   The Foundation course also includes observation hours and the Diploma courses include both observation and practice teaching hours in different environments.