CHC30121- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview

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.

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of at 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.

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:

Entry Requirements
Core Units
Elective Units
Intake Dates
RPL & Credit Transfer

Entry requirements

Age requirements

Learners must be a minimum age of 18 years or above at the time of course commencement.

Academic Requirements

To enter this qualification, applicants should have successfully completed any of the following:

  •  Australian Year 12 (or an international secondary school year which is equivalent to Australian Year 12) with satisfactory results, OR
  • Successful completion of a recognised Foundation Studies program in Australia, OR
  • Successful completion of the international Baccalaureate Certificate, OR
  •  Successful completion of an Australian qualification of AQF level 3.
  • An educational achievement which is greater than any of these is also suitable. e.g. successful completion of Australian Year 12.

English Language Requirement

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:

  • Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
  • Completed at least 6 months of a Certificate IV level course in an Australian RTO; or
  • 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.


DHA requirement for international students:

Applicants must also provide documentation according to Department of Home Affair requirements. For further information on student visa assessment level and documentation, visit Department of Home Affairs’ website at:


Pre-Training Review

All learners will undertake an initial skills assessment to determine suitability for the course and student needs. The review aims to identify their training needs through questions on previous education or training, the relevance of the course and relevant experience. Determination of course suitability and additional support (if any) will be made by a qualified assessor.


Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

Students might be required to complete an LLN assessment prior to the commencement of the course. Pace Business College uses LLN robot platform for the assessment.

All reports, training supplements and recommendations are generated by the LLN Robot system after comparing the learner’s ACSF spiky profile to the profile of this course.


Hardware/Software requirements 

For students to work on assessments, tasks and self-study all learners are expected to have access to a laptop or computer with windows operating system and office application like Microsoft word at their own cost.

Where needed, Allied Institute will provide access of computers/laptops, through a MoU setup with an external IT company

Other Requirements

Applicants will need to have physical attributes suitable for working in the health industry.

A National Police check and Working with Children check will be completed prior to attending practical placement.

Core Units

15 Units
Unit Code
Unit Title
Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE031* (Mandatory WP)
Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE032* (Mandatory WP)
Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE033* (Mandatory WP)
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE035* (Mandatory WP)
Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE036* (Mandatory WP)
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

Elective units

2 Units
Unit Code
Unit Title
Work with diverse people​
Comply with family day care administration requirements​

Intake Dates 2024

08th July

12nd August

07th October

11th November

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RPL & Credit Transfer

Learners may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in their chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training ( RPL- Recognition of Prior Learning, or Credit Transfer). The granting of course credit may affect course fees as well as the duration of the course.

This process is outlined in Allied Institute Student Enrolment & Induction Policy and Assessment Policy.

If students have previously completed a unit with the same unit code or unit title as in the student’s new course, students may be eligible for a Credit Transfer and students may not have to repeat that unit. Students will need to complete a credit transfer application form and provide a certified copy of the transcript of the statement of attainment. There is a fee for this process. Applications for credit transfer must be made prior to the commencement of the course.

Students may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if they can demonstrate that their work and life experiences match one or more of the units in which they have enrolled. They must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved the skills and knowledge equivalent to the learning outcomes of the unit/s. Evidence that demonstrates this achievement may be through a portfolio of evidence. Applications for RPL must be made prior to the commencement of the course – please speak with the Student Support Officer if you wish to apply. There is a fee for consideration of RPL applications.

Qualification Pathways

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into Diploma or Bachelors or a range of other education services qualifications including CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Why study this course?

Rewarding Career Opportunities​
With a growing demand for qualified early childhood educators, graduates have access to a wide range of employment opportunities in childcare centers, preschools, kindergartens, and family daycare settings.​
Hands-On Learning Experience​
The CHC30121 Certificate III program offers a hands-on learning experience, providing students with practical skills and knowledge essential for working effectively with young children. ​
Contribution to Child Development and Well-Being​
By nurturing their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development, graduates play a crucial role in laying the foundation for children's future success and well-being, fostering a sense of fulfillment and purpose in their work.​
Job Roles

Employment may include, but not limited to, Early Childhood Educator, Family Day Care Educator, Kindergarten Assistant, OSHC Educator, Indigenous Education Assistant, Teacher’s Aide.

Course Information

Cricos Code:
Mode Of Delivery:
52 weeks (inclusive of term breaks and public holidays)
Work Based Training:
160 hours of work placement
Tuition Fee:
Enrolment Fee:
Next Intake:
July 2024

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