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CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30113 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


**Government Funding is Available for Eligible Individuals

 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 using discretion and judgment 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.

Qualification will be delivered for 52 weeks.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

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 units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours. Students will be assisted by the Work Placement Officers to find suitable work placement opportunities in reputable establishments. Students may be required to do more hours in order to demonstrate competency. Police check and working with children check will be required when undertaking the practical placement.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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: www.acecqa.gov.au.

Employment outcomes resulting from the completion of this qualification may include the following roles:
• Early childhood educator
• Family day care educator
• Outside school hours care assistant
• Nanny

To be awarded the qualification of CHC30121 – CERTIFICATE III IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE, learners must successfully complete a total of

To be awarded the qualification of CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

learners must successfully complete a total of Seventeen (17) units of competency, consisting of:

  • Fifteen (15) Core Units, and;
  • Two (2) Elective Units,

All electives are selected to contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Assessment methods vary as per the unit of competency requirement.
Generally, assessment methods may include all or some of the following:
• Written Questionnaires
• Scenarios / Case studies
• Workplace Assessment Tasks
• Projects
• Workplace observations

ACPS has a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy, to ensure that an individual’s prior learning, achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experiences, is appropriately recognized.

Credit transfer applies to situations where learners have completed units at another provider identical to those in which they plan to enrol. Credit will be granted in accordance with the Credit Transfer procedure. To apply for credit transfer please complete the credit transfer application form available from head office and attach copies of verified documents to support the application. A reduction in tuition fees will be applied if Credit Transfer is granted.

Full Fee: *Tuition Fee: $7,500
Government Funding  **Tuition Fee: $0


Support inclusion and diversity


Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing


Nurture babies and toddlers


Develop positive and respectful relationships with children


Use an approved learning framework to guide practice


Support the holistic learning and development of children


Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning


Support children to connect with the natural environment


Observe children to inform practice


Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures


Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care


Work effectively in children’s education and care


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk


Provide First Aid in an education and care setting


Participate in workplace health and safety

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Duration 52 Weeks
Level Certificate III
Mode of Delivery Blended and Face to Face
Branch Werribee
Course Code CHC30121
Release Release 1
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