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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification will provide students with the skills needed to work in a variety of education settings. Students will learn how to support the development of literacy, oral and numeracy skills, and contribute to the management of a learning environment.


Career outcomes

Once you’ve completed your CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you’ll be able to support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development under direct supervision or autonomously.

You could gain employment as a:

  • Long Day Care Educator
  • Kindergarten Assistant
  • Childcare Assistant
  • Early Childhood Educator.


Course overview

Delivery modes

  • Full Auspice**
  • Online.

** Auspice available Australia-wide but only in non-government schools in Western Australia and South Australia.


Commencement dates

One of the perks of online study is that you can sign up and start studying at a time that suits you.

Contact us at for more information regarding course commencement dates.


Course length

12 or 24 months


Study plan

A customised study plan will be provided to each student upon enrolment.


Eligibility Requirements


Whilst there are no formal entry requirements mandated by the training package, students’ skills and capabilities to undertake this training product will be assessed and advice on suitability will be provided during the pre-enrolment process.

Minimum Age:

Students under the age of 18 years require the signed consent of a parent or guardian to enrol in this qualification.

Residency Status

You will need to be a permanent Australian resident or equivalent.

Work Placement:

Students must apply for their Working with Children check at course commencement (additional cost).

In South Australia, only – Students must also complete the course RAN-EC Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care. This must be completed with an external provider at an additional cost, prior to work placement.

Computer Requirements

In order to complete the online part of the course you will need regular access to the following:

  • Computer: Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points
  • Internet: High-speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic (Dial-up access is not recommended)
  • Windows: Operating system – Windows 8 or above
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
  • MAC: Operating system - OS X 10.14 Mojave or later
  • Software: Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download).

Assessment items

Assessments may include a range of assessments including quizzes, knowledge questions, case studies, workplace projects.

Special Conditions

Students must apply for their Working with Children check at course commencement. For mandatory work placement (160 hours), students must have access to a regulated education and care service provider in Australia, with an appropriate range of work tasks and ratios of children, AND access to a qualified supervisor (i.e. a person who holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent). Students are presented with tasks and scenarios that must be performed and recorded in the workplace involving interaction with children, families, and colleagues in keeping with industry requirements. Under an auspicing arrangement this may require the trainer and assessor to complete direct observations within the workplace learning environment or as required in the online delivery, may require recordings to be undertaken as evidence. Where required, we may assist in supporting a work placement location of your choosing. There is a high workload of documentation to be completed within the course and where possible, recommendation of the use of electronic signatures may be used to promote sustainable outcomes.


Study pathways

  • CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
  • CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.



View our 2022/2023 VET in Schools Program Prospectus featuring a total number of units, and indicative and nominal hours for your respective state.


Payment options

$249 per student per course and an additional $999 per annum administration fee are charged for Auspice delivery.


More information

For detailed information about the course, please visit

If you have any further questions, please contact our Schools Program Manager at or call 1300 959 540.

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