Cairns Training Academy

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of Early Childhood Education and Care settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously. All persons (Employees and Volunteers) will require a Blue Card.

Course: 18 units (15 core units plus 3 elective units) plus a mandatory 120 hrs in an early childhood education and care setting
Timeline: Course Completion: maximum time 15 months
Course Payment: maximum time 59 weeks

Student Selection

Persons with the language and literacy skills enabling them to complete the course and or be able to be an active allied health assistant.



Certificate 3 Guarantee

(Qld State Government VET Investment Plan-Funded Programs)

$400 Subsidised (Payment Plan - 16 weekly payments of $25)

$350 Concession (Payment Plan - 14 weekly payments of $25)

In addition; Student is required to pay for their First-aid Certificate HLTAID004 or successor

Refer to the Certificate 3 Guarantee Program Fact Sheet for Students 


(Qld State Government VET Investment Plan-Funded Programs)

$1356.80 Normal (Payment Plan - $56.80 in first week followed by 26 weekly payments of $50)

$542.72 Concession (Payment Plan - $42.72 in first week followed by 10 weekly payments of $50)

Yr 12 Fee Free Training(Qld State Government VETInvestment Plan-Funded Programs)

No cost to the student, provided the eligibility requirements are met.

Refer to the Year 12 Graduates Fee-free Training Fact Sheet for Students.

Fee for service $3250.00 plus first aid ($300.00 enrolment fee followed by 59 weekly payments of $50)
Face-to-face classes On application and group basis
VETiS (Schools) As per school MOU

The Enrolment fee (if applicable) is non-refundable as are courses fees once students commence training. Fees and conditions are aligned to government funding conditions. Refer to fee policy on enrolment form for further information.

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15 compulsory units
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically C
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety  
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence C
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children C
CHCECE003 Provide care for children C
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks C
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers C
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children C
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood C
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning C
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice C
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk C
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting C
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety C


3 Elective Units
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people E
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world E
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development E

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Learning resources supplied online (CTA trainers will show you how to use the online system) are included in the course cost. Additional charges will apply for printing of learning resources, if requested. Please check before enrolment.

Job Roles

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • School Age Education and Care Provider


On successful completion of all units within this qualification, participants will receive a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Course Pathway

Students issued with the full Qualification may continue on to the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Student Intake

All year (except for end of year closure)

Industry Placement

Students enrolling in this program will be required to complete a mandatory 120 hours in an early childhood education and care setting.

How is the Course Delivered & Assessed?

You will have access to a variety of theory and practical learning resources, including industry placement, which equips you with the necessary resources to learn, practice and demonstrate the required skills to secure or advance your employment. Course resources are readily available online to ensure 24/7 access and portability to students. Throughout the duration of your studies you will be trained, assessed and supported by qualified trainers and assessors in a variety of methods which depend on your own mode of study. These may include: Skype, email, phone, online, workplace visits, third party reports by workplace supervisor/s, written workbooks, videoed training presentation and or classroom tutorials.

Centrelink Eligibility

If you are eligible for assistance, contact Centrelink for details of study assistance for this course before enrolment.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Have you gained knowledge and skills through your work, life experience, training or education? You may be halfway to a qualification and not realise it. Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, you may be able to have your skills formally recognised.

Recognition of your current skills and knowledge can occur through credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.

What Is Involved?

As part of the recognition of prior learning process your existing skills and knowledge will be assessed against a range of industry standards by a qualified assessor. You can demonstrate your competence in a variety of ways including performing tasks, sharing your stories about how you carry out tasks in the work place or providing work samples. Depending on your skills, knowledge and experience, you may find you are eligible for a qualification and you may never need to enter a classroom!

Credit Transfer (CT)

If you have completed past studies in areas related to the qualification you plan to enrol in you may be eligible for credit transfer. You will need to provide a Statement of Attainment matching the unit of competency you are seeking credit for.

Benefits of Applying for RPL

  • Recognition may accelerate you through your qualification
  • A qualification may assist you with getting a promotion, job security, a change in career or even a pay rise
  • Recognition helps keep your studies interesting and challenging (as you are not learning things you already know)
  • Recognition will never cost you more than the training it replaces

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