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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course CRICOS Code: 114143D

CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course CRICOS Code: 114143D

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.

Delivery Mode

This course will be delivered as Classroom based face to face training.

The students will need to complete practical placement of at least 160 hours in a recognised Aged Care Centre to achieve this qualification.

Delivery Location

Level 3, 220 Albert Road, South Melbourne VIC 3205

Course Duration

This course will be delivered over 54 weeks as following:

Classroom Delivery: 37 Weeks

Practical Placement: 8 Weeks

Holidays: 9 Weeks

Entry Requirements

Whilst there are no entry requirements stipulated in the training package, WMIT requires its participants to meet the following criteria:

  •  18 years or older at commencement of course
  • Cert III in EAL / Academic IELTS band score of 5.5 or equivalent
  • Completion Australian Year 11 or equivalent

Additional Requirements:

  • The student must have basic computer skills to use word processing software like Microsoft Word and using internet effectively for research.
  • WMIT will conduct LLN assessment of the student at the time of orientation to identify the support required by the students. This support will enable students to complete qualification successfully in required time.


Career Pathways

Once you have successfully completed the CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support you can apply for jobs within the Aged Care industry, which may include:

  • Early childhood educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Outside school hours care and vacation care workers


Education Pathways

The further study pathways available to students who undertake this qualification include:

  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care OR
  • Any other relevant qualification at Diploma level

Course Structure


The CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care requires the completion of the following 17 units (including 15 core and 2 electives).

Code Title Core/ Elective
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity Core
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing Core
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children Core
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning Core
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment Core
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice Core
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures Core
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care Core
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
BSBSUS411 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices Elective
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Elective

Training Arrangements

Class sessions are planned to ensure that student have a mixture of practical and theoretical components and those classes cater for a wide variety of learning styles. Additionally, workplace practices and environments will be regularly simulated and used to conduct skills based assessments in accordance with unit requirements.

WMIT organises face to face training of 20 hours per week, all the international student must attend the classes to comply with student visa conditions.

Homework tasks may include research, readings from related textbooks and continuing to work on assessment tasks.

Students are provided with the Learner Guides for each unit to students to support their learning (these are included in the course fees).

Placement Arrangements   

Work Placement is an important component of the qualification that provides students with the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge in early childhood education and care setting. Students are required to complete a minimum 160 hours of work placement in a regulated Children’s Education and Care Services Centre in Australia for successful completion of the course.

This work placement is only to be conducted in a regulated Children’s Education and Care Services Centre that has entered into a work placement agreement with WMIT.

The students will be provided with Skills Workbook containing assessment tasks and activities to be completed during work placement and the students will need to complete the workplace tasks. WMIT trainer/assessor will visit and observe students in the workplace to determine the students’ competency in the practical component of the course. WMIT trainer/assessor will act as a liaison between the workplace, workplace supervisors and WMIT through emails, calls and compulsory visits.

Additional Support

All students will complete a language literacy and numeracy assessment at orientation to determine their learning support needs. All students will be provided with a range of learning support options and resources to help you achieve competency. Where additional support needs have been identified an Individual Support Plan will be developed which may include:

  • Mentoring from trainers
  • Additional classes, tutorials and workshops
  • Computer and technology support
  • Referral to external support services
  • Reasonable adjustment to assessments

Provision of additional support services will be provided where necessary to enable students to participate in the same way as any other person regardless of whether support services have been required.

Assessment Arrangements

There are a variety of assessment methods used for this qualification including:

  • Written questions
  • Projects
  • Case studies
  • Role Plays
  • Research
  • Reports

Credit Transfer/RPL

Course Credit

WMIT can grant you credit towards your course for units of competency that you have already completed with another RTO or authorised issuing organisation. We can also grant you Credit for subjects or units you have completed where equivalence can be established between the unit in your course, and the subject or unit you have completed.

There is no charge to apply for Credit.

To apply, fill in the Credit Application Form and submit it as part of your enrolment.

*Please refer to your Student Handbook for more information on Course Credit. As an international student you should note that where you are granted credit this will reduce your course duration and you will be informed of this in writing.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where skills and knowledge that you have gained through work and life experience and other unrecognised training can be formally recognised.


WMIT has a process that has been structured to minimise the time and cost to applicants and provides a supportive approach to students wishing to take up this option.  You should ideally apply for RPL at the time of enrolment but you may also apply up to 2 weeks into your course.

During the entry process and interview stage WMIT will discuss with you the process and options for RPL.  Suitability is often determined on how much experience you have in a certain area, your work history and previous training. If RPL is determined as a possibility for you, you will be provided with a kit that will guide you in working through each unit to determine relevant skills and experience and identify whether you would be able to provide the required evidence.

A trainer/assessor will be available to assist you throughout this process.

*Please refer to your Student Handbook for more information on RPL.  As an international student you should note that where you are granted RPL this will reduce your course duration and you will be informed of this in writing.

Course Fee


Tuition Fees: $14,500.00

Admission Fee: $250.00

Material Fee: $750.00


Payment Plan

  • Non-refundable enrolment deposit (prior to commencement) – $250
  • 4 equal installments of tuition fee before start of every term


RPL Costs:

Application Fee – $250

Charge per unit of competency – $400

Nationally Recognised Training does not occur GST.

Students will only be eligible to receive their qualification if fees have been paid in full and all course requirements have been met.

*Please refer to your Student Handbook for our Fees and Refunds Policy.


Unless otherwise specified, tuition fees include all the training and assessment as well as required resources and textbooks for students to achieve the qualification or course in which they are enrolling.


Additional charges apply if students require:

  • Additional copies of a student’s qualification/record of results and/or statement of attainment. A cost of $50 per document applies and $70 if express post is required.
  • Printing costs as may be required to complete assessments. Students may print and copy on campus for a cost of 15c per page, however they may also use other printing facilities.
  • Other costs (not included) to be aware of:

Please refer to the student handbook for guidance in relation to budgeting and planning

  • USB drives that students are required to use to submit their assessments. Students may bring their own or purchase nearby.
  • Notebooks/pens/laptops* or other general stationary required for students to complete their work.

*A note about computers:  Many homework and assessment tasks require access to a computer and the internet and therefore it is recommended students bring or purchase a laptop if possible.

If students don’t have their own they can use nearby public facilities that are listed for their convenience in the Student Handbook. It is optional for students to bring a laptop to class – some students may choose to do so to keep their notes organised, but where a computer is required for class activities the trainer/assessor will arrange to book the college computers for class sessions.