Pre-Primary Stage (3-6 years) Certificate for Assistants

AMI Montessori 3-6 Assistants Certificate

Course Description

The Association Montessori Internationale 3-6 course is intended to help adults become able Assistants in a Montessori environment. It includes the philosophy needed to work effectively in this position as well as the instruction of practical skills useful in the environment. The Assistants Course is designed to give an overview of the 3-6 child and a clear understanding of Montessori philosophy regarding children of this age. This course is suitable for any adult who wants to better understand the Montessori approach to child development, including parents, grandparents and carers; teachers, student teachers, specialist teachers, classroom assistants and school administrators.


AMI Montessori Assistants Certificate 3-6
Qualification Authorising Body
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 in other educational settings. The state or country in which the Certificate-holder wishes to work may have other assistant requirements that must be fulfilled.
Director of Training
Amy Kirkham (Melbourne); Kay Urquhart (Sydney and Perth)
Delivery Mode
The course components include lecture, reading and discussion and practical activities for a total of 60 hours. There are nine additional hours of observation, and students must submit an observation report, three short papers and handmade materials during the course.
Two-weeks full time, or part-time equivalent, plus observations and assessment.

Entry Requirement

By application via the SMTC Application Form for Foundation and Certificate Courses.



  • Melbourne – part-time commencing 6th April, 2020
  • Sydney – part-time commencing 29th May, 2020
  • Perth – full-time commencing 28th September, 2020
  • Melbourne – part-time commencing 28th February, 2022
  • Melbourne – part-time commencing 6th February, 2023



  • Melbourne: Kalker Montessori Centre – Bulleen, Melbourne Vic.
  • Sydney: Sydney Montessori Training Centre – Rozelle, Sydney NSW
  • Perth: Rockingham Montessori School – Rockingham, WA


Course Dates

Melbourne 2020

Course participants attend each of the following days:

  • Monday 6th of April to Thursday 9th of April inclusive – 9:00am to 5:00pm daily
  • Wednesday 22nd of April – 4:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Friday 24th of April – 1:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Saturday 25th of April – 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 29th of April – 4:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday 6th of May – 4:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday 13th of May to Thursday 14th of May inclusive


Sydney 2020

Every second Friday and Saturday; Fridays 4:00pm to 8:30pm and Saturdays 9:00am to 4:30pm

Start: Friday 29th May

End: Saturday 22nd August


Perth 2020


Start: Monday 28th September

End: Friday 9th October


Melbourne 2022


Start: Monday 28th February

End: Wednesday 6th April


Melbourne 2023


Start: Monday 6th February

End: Wednesday 8th March


Course Fees
Refer to fees for full details.
Learn more about how to apply!
For a full outline of the course delivery and units download the SMTC 3-6 Assistants Course Outline.

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. Jo, AMI 3-6 Assistants Certificate holder