Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the latest nationally accredited qualification for individuals who want to work in a range of early childhood education settings and within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

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National code CHC30121
CRICOS code 110284A
Delivery Face-to-face and vocational placement
Duration Four academic terms consisting of up to 40 weeks (excluding holidays).
Expected study hours Typical learners are expected to spend up to 1,211 hours depending on existing knowledge, skills, and experience.
Structure All learners will be assessed through the following methods:
  • Credit transfer
  • Observation: during on-the-job or role play/simulation
  • Questioning: may include self-assessment, verbal answers, written questionnaires, activity modules or interview
  • Structured activities: may include Projects, Case studies, presentations, role play, demonstration, progressive tasks
  • Third-party

The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course is available for $10,000 AUD for International students.

Deposit of $1,500 + $8,500 AUD

Note: Please read the HSTAEA Student Handbook and other policies and procedures including Refund Policy, Complaints and Appeals Policy, RPL Procedure prior to enrolling.

Where can it take your career?

Participants in this program are typically individuals:

  • who want to gain knowledge, practical skills, and experience in early childhood education
  • who want to learn how to design and implement a curriculum in early childhood education and care services.
  • unemployed, seeking work and/or employed, seeking to upgrade skills/qualification
  • seeking to upgrade their skills and use this qualification as a pathway to Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

What will you learn?

This course is designed to develop your expertise in early childhood education and care. Among others, you will learn to:

  • Support inclusion and diversity
  • Nurture babies and toddlers
  • Support the holistic learning and development of children
  • Observe children to inform practice
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

What are the entry requirements?

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language, literacy, and numeracy skills* (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent) to be assessed using HSTAEA’s Pre-enrolment LLN assessment tool
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Have a current Working with Children Check, or be eligible to obtain this requirement**

*Learners who do not meet the LLN requirements of the course may still enrol into the course provided the enrolment has been endorsed by the trainer and corresponding additional support strategies have been put in place.

**Students who do not have their Working with Children Check prior to enrolment must apply for and obtain this requirement prior to vocational placement as required by this course.

What resources are needed?

What are the course units?

*HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an Education and Care Setting is not being offered by HSTAEA but is required in order to complete CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. HSTAEA has arrangements with a first aid training provider so that this unit of competency is completed before vocational placement.

Upcoming course dates

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August 2024 Monday 05 August - Tuesday 05 August 2025
October 2024 Monday 07 October - Tuesday 07 October 2025

Vocational Placement

Learners are required to undertake a minimum of 160 hours of vocational placement within a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia. This must occur after the student has satisfactorily completed all the other units/subjects in this qualification.

Learners have the option to:

  • look for a vocational placement provider themselves. (HSTAEA to check suitability of the workplace.)
  • request HSTAEA to assist in looking for a suitable vocational placement provider.
  • choose among HSTAEA’s network of childcare providers for their vocational placement.

Learners are recommended to decide on their vocational placement providers as soon as enrolment is confirmed to ensure that enough slots are available at each provider and to allow sufficient time for HSTAEA and the workplace partners to make the necessary preparations.

Several units included in this course require direct observation by the assessor.

What are the qualification pathways?

Learners may also consider additional training to complement your skills in early childhood education and care, with courses such as:

*This course is not currently offered by HSTAEA.

Is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) available?

HSTAEA 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 recognised. This recognition may assist students to progress faster through a unit of competency or allow the student full credit.