CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CRICOS Course Code: 108937J National Code: CHC30121

Course Duration

52 weeks

Campus Location

Sydney CBD & Adelaide

Intake Dates 2023

9 Jan | 6 Feb | 10 Apr
8 May | 10 Jul | 7 Aug
2 Oct | 30 Oct | 20 Nov


Certificate III

Course Details

Everything You Need To Know About The Course

Certificate 3 in ChildCare qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education 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, encourage understanding of early childhood education and care and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

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:

  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Kindergarten Assistant
  • Long Day Care Educator

Victorian Institute of Education has the following entry requirements. International students must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age and have completed Year 12 or equivalent.
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.
  • Have an IELTS* score of 5.5 (test results must be no more than 2 years old). English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:
    1. Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
    2. Successful completion of an English Placement Test

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted. Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed they are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

S/NUnit CodeCHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and CareCore Units/ Elective UnitsHours
1CHCECE034Use an approved learning framework to guide practiceCore40
2CHCECE031Support children's health, safety and wellbeingCore40
3CHCECE055Meet legal and ethical obligations in children's education and careCore40
4HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safetyCore20
5HLTAID012Provide First Aid in an education and care settingCore20
6CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at riskCore40
7CHCECE032Nurture babies and toddlersCore40
8CHCDIV001Work with diverse peopleElective40
9CHCECE030Support inclusion and diversityCore40
10CHCECE033Develop positive and respectful relationships with childrenCore40
11CHCECE035Support the holistic learning and development of childrenCore40
12CHCECE036Provide experiences to support children's play and learningCore40
13CHCECE037Support children to connect with the natural environmentCore40
14CHCECE038Observe children to inform practiceCore40
15CHCECE054Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' culturesCore40
16CHCECE056Work effectively in children's education and careCore40
17BSBSTR401Promote innovation in team environmentsElective40

This qualification will be delivered over 52 weeks, including 40 weeks of training and assessment spread over 4 terms of 10 weeks each and 12 weeks of holidays.

The qualification requires that a work placement of 160 hours is completed.

This program is delivered in the classroom and through structured self-study.

Offshore Fee


Enrollment Fee: $200

Material Fee: $1000

Note: Intake dates and courses fee are subject to change without prior notice.

Onshore Fee


Enrollment Fee: $200

Material Fee: $1000

Note: Intake dates and courses fee are subject to change without prior notice.

Potential employment options are as an Educator in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into the CHC50121Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Students may apply for recognition of existing qualifications or skills, knowledge, and experience (credit transfer or recognition of prior learning). The granting of course credit may affect course fees, as well as the duration of the course.

This process is outlined in Victorian Institute of Education Student Enrolment and Completion Policy and Associated Procedures and Training and Assessment Policy & Associated Procedures.

Nationally Recognised Course

Nationally Recognised training
Australian Qualifications Framework

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