CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Fees & Funding

Government funding (if eligible)
Fee for service: $3,825
Payment plans available

Study Options

Part-time: 26 weeks x 3 days, in addition to 160 hours of work placement

Work Placement

If you meet our criteria below, we will organise the work placement on your behalf.


This nationally recognized qualification is designed for educators working in regulated children’s education and care services across Australia. As a student, you’ll gain valuable skills and knowledge to support children’s wellbeing and development within approved learning frameworks. Our comprehensive curriculum equips you to work independently or collaboratively, ensuring you meet established policies and procedures.

Whether you dream of shaping young minds in long day care centers, family day care, pre-schools, or kindergartens, this entry-level qualification provides a solid foundation. Compliant with the Education and Care Services National Law (2011), our program aligns with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards.

The CHC30121 Certificate III serves as a stepping stone for those starting their career in early childhood education, with potential pathways to higher qualifications, including the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Elevate your skills and open doors to further studies in the broader Community Services sector, paving the way for a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Begin your journey with Australian Workplace Training and shape the future of childcare.

Did you know?

According to Australian Labour Market Insights, Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers are expected to experience robust growth in the coming years, offering promising job prospects. With projections indicating a workforce of over 59,990 by 2026 which is up 10,600 or 21.6% from 2021.


Course Structure:

The certificate consists of 17 units (15 core and 2 elective.)
Each unit includes the relevant training and assessment materials required to achieve competency

Core units:
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective units:
HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices
BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Mode of Study: This course is now delivered in a part-time, on-campus format for 26 weeks (Monday to Wednesday). In addition you are required to complete 160 hours work placement which could be organised by us if eligible.

Work Placement:

To be able eligible to receive organised work placement, it is a mandatory requirement from our placement facilities that students will need to have the following (subject to change depending on individual placement partners):

  • You must obtain a current Working with Children Check (WWCC). It is your responsibility to apply for the WWCC and cover any associated costs. This is a mandatory industry requirement.
  • Obtained the relevant clearances and screening checks for that facility (eg DHS vulnerable person, Safe Environments for children and young people through their eyes, national police clearance etc)
  • Received their annual influenza vaccination, and
  • Received at least one dose of a TGA – approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination; and
  • Received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose; and
  • Within four weeks of becoming eligible by ATAGI guidelines, the person receives, or has evidence of a booking to receive, a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Successful Completion: To receive the qualification, you must successfully complete all required units. This involves attending training sessions, completing assignments, and demonstrating your skills during the work placement component.

Skills Recognition: Skills Recognition is available. Please discuss this option with your trainer if you have prior experience or qualifications.

Upon successfully completing the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, graduates can embark into the exciting industry of Early Childhood Education and Care. Here are potential vocational outcomes and job roles:

  1. Long Day Care Educator
  2. Family Day Car Educator
  3. Kindergarten Assistant
  4. OSHC Educator

Fee for Service Students:  $3,825

Subsidised Students:
This qualification has subsidies available Supported by Government of South Australia for eligible participants.
Participant Eligibility Criteria apply – visit for Participant Eligibility Criteria
Subsidised Course Cost: $665.00
Subsidised Course Concession Cost: $554

For more information on completing a qualification with fee subsidies at AWT please visit our Subsidised Training information page.

Other Fees that may be applicable:
DHS Screening check:  Approximately $65.45 for students
Work placement badge:  $6
Replacement unit fee:  $25 per unit
Postage of certificate:  $10 (surface mail/untracked)
Postage of items:  Calculated on an individual basis on the weight/size of the item/s to be posted

Skills Recognition Costs:
Recognition Prior Learning: $200 per unit
Credit Transfer: $25 per unit


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