CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Details

CHC30121 Certificate lll in early childhood education and care

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge and must apply discretion and judgment to the application of these when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site. Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens. Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: persons (Employees and Volunteers) will require a Blue Card

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours


Course: 17 units (15 core units plus 2 elective units) plus a mandatory 160 hrs in an early childhood education and care setting
Timeline: Course Completion: maximum time 18 months
Course Payment: maximum time 12 months

Student Selection

Persons with the language, literacy & numeracy skills to fulfil their job role & complete course AND meet industry vaccination mandates  

Student Intake

All year (except for end of year closure)

Delivery Mode

Online with support from CTA Trainers and Assessors

Course Duration

Maximum 18 months part-time or 6 months full-time

Practical Component


Student must be either employed and working in a Regulated Early Childhood Education and Care setting OR be able to secure a Volunteer Placement for a minimum 160 hours on enrolment (confirmation from centre required)

Fees - Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care


Certificate 3 Guarantee

Student Co-contribution fees

$34 on enrolment (no refund) plus cost of HLTAID012 First-aid Certificate if student cannot provide a copy on enrolment

$17 for concession card holders on enrolment (no refund) plus cost of HLTAID012 First-aid Certificate if student cannot provide a copy on enrolment 

Refer to  Certificate 3 Guarantee Program Fact Sheet for Students 

Eligibility for a C3G training subsidy by the QLD State Govt. includes.

  • be a Queensland resident
  • be aged 15 years or over, and no
  • longer at school (with the exception of funded VET in Schools students)
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
  • not hold, or be enrolled in, a certificate IIl level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training)

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.

Applicants / Students Refer to the QLD Govt. VET Investment Plan Student Factsheet fbelow or more information

User Choice


Student Co-contribution fees 

$1900.80 Payment Plan available

$1140.48 *Concession Payment Plan available

1188 nominal hours @$1.60 per hour

To be eligible to receive a government contribution, the apprentice or trainee must:

  • have entered into a Training Contract for a qualification that is funded by the department be registered on DELTA with a commencement date or recommencement date on or after 1 July 2021
  • select a training provider that holds SAS status for their nominated qualification.

*(Concession) Partial exemption of tuition fees of 40% apply if the applicant falls into one of the categories below:

  • Was or will be under 17 at the end of February in the year in which training commences, providing the applicant is not at school and hasn’t completed year 12. Dependent DESBT training initiatives i.e.
  • Holds a health care card or pensioner card, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a health care card or pensioner card, and named on the card
  • The applicant provides an official form under Commonwealth law confirming the applicant, his or her partner or the person of whom the applicant is dependant, is entitled to concessions under a health care card.
  • The applicant is an Aboriginal or Torress Strait Islander person.

Full exemption (short summary) from the student contribution fee where the participant falls into one or more of the following exemption categories:

  • Payment of the student contribution fee would cause extreme financial hardship,
  • Queensland Government, as represented by the departmental officer responsible for the User Choice budget, advises in writing that fees are optional.
  • Where credit transfer/national recognition has been applied to a unit of competency/module
  • The participant is a school-based apprentice or trainee
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 PA

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 PLUS 2 elective units
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice  C
Participate in work health and safety * C
Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and Care 
Follow basic food safety practices 
Support Children’s health, safety and wellbeing 
Support inclusion and diversity 
Support children to connect with the natural environment 
Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 
Nurture babies and toddlers 
Support the holistic learning and development of children 
Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning 
Observe children to inform practice 
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people culture
CHCECE056  Work effectively in children’s education and care  C
CHCPRP003  Reflect on and improve own professional practice  E


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Resources - Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

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 - Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • School Age Education and Care Provider

Outcome - Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

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

Course Pathway - Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

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

Industry Placement - Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

Students enrolling in Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and care will be required to complete a mandatory 160 minimum hours in an early childhood education and care setting.

How is the Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care  Delivered & Assessed?

The course knowledge is delivered and assessed online, Concurrent to gaining knowledge you will either be working or volunteering in a regulated early childhood education and care setting to learn, and practice the practical skills imbedded into the course. Evidence relating to your practical skills is gathered by the assessor and involves a mix of observations, supervisor reports and projects, depending on the unit requirements

Centrelink Eligibility - Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

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

Recognition of Prior Learning - Certificate lll in early Childhood Education and Care

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 Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care , you may be able to have your skills formally recognised. 

What Is Involved?

As part of the recognition of prior learning process an assessor will determine if you hold the knowledge and skills relevant to the unit/course you are seeking RPL in. This involves you answering a set of questions for each unit and providing proof that your skills and experience are current within the early childhood industry.

Credit Transfer - Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

If you have completed past studies in areas related to the Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification 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.

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