Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

This Course is subsidised through Certificate 3 Guarantee Program under 2019–20 Annual VET Investment Plan of Qld Government, administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.

(CHC30113) Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is an entry qualification for someone who wants to work in the Early Childhood industry.

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

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:

  • Course Code


  • Course Name

    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Delivery Mode

    Classroom: Duration:
    (Face to face) 52 weeks

  • Nationally Recognized


  • Government Funding & Fees

    Certificate 3 Guarantee

  • Payment Method

    Debit/Credit Card or Cash

In order to attain the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, students are required to satisfactorily complete 18 units of competency, consisting of 15 core units and 3 elective units of competency.

Core Units

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
CHCECE0101 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood Core
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning Core
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice Core
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core


CHCECE014 Comply with family day care administration requirements Elective
CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world Elective
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective

To be eligible to enrol in Certificate 3 Guarantee Program prospective participants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be aged 15 years or older;
  • Be no longer at school (with the exception of school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 undertaking a VET in School (VETiS) program — see the VETiS fact sheet for more information);
  • Permanently reside in Queensland;
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
  • Not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate III or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.

In addition to the standard eligibility requirements, specific restrictions and/or exemptions may apply to participation in certain subsidised qualifications. Any additional eligibility requirements will be based on industry advice or requirements under the relevant national training package and will be detailed in the Priority Skills List.


RTO Admission requirements

ETI has the following admission requirements:

  • Applicants must be 18 years or more of age.
  • No minimum education standard is set as a prerequisite to entry to this course. However, general command of spoken and written English, as well as the ability to write a simple report is required. This course requires the demonstration of skills in a regulated education and care service as well as in class, so student must have the physical capacity to work. Will be required to participate in a minimum of 120 hours of work placement
  • Pass a National Police Clearance or hold a blue card before doing practical work placement.
  • Applicants are required to have successfully completed a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test and Pre-Training Review before training commencement. ACSF level 3 is required in reading, writing, learning, oral communication, and numeracy.

Students who complete the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care may work in a range of education and care settings, or with school aged children in outside school hours care and vacation programs in roles such as:

Childhood Educator Assistant

As a childcare Educator assistant you will be assisting in teaching kindergarten children in the year before their full-time of schooling. Your patience is expected to nurture a sense of individuality, self-expression and interest while working with the children. Your main responsibility is to provide an early education for children and help them prepare for school. Working as an assistant childhood educator is important not just within the household but also it contributes to the development and wellbeing of the society. Nurturing the developing minds of young ones is self-fulfilling and achieving.

Outside School Hours Aide

Gives you a broader opportunity in childcare as a registered carer with the assistance provided by local government for school children outside school hours as a priority. The OSHC assistance schedule is before school 7am – 9am and after school 3pm-6pm. You will be doing activities that are developmentally appropriate for the children’s age and are in line structured activities. Your responsibility is to support in implementing the weekly program planning, promote healthy eating plans, overseeing the safety of all children attending care and respond to children and young people at risk.

Preschool Assistant

Provides assistance in early childhood pre-primary school teachers in implementing approved learning framework whilst supporting the children’s wellbeing, learning and development in preschool or kindergarten.

Students may also like to continue their formal training by undertaking the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.


Students are required to attend classroom sessions 15 hoursper week for the duration of the Qualification, where training and assessment will be conducted.

Classroom Training

A conducive training environment with the state of the art facilities to aid our trainers in delivering high quality training to our students

  • Weekdays and weekend classes

Recognition of Prior Learning

Involves a formal recognition of the skills and knowledge student have already achieved through previous studies, work and life experiences. Assessment of RPL takes into account:

  • Work-related training courses
  • On-the-job skills and work experience
  • Volunteer and community work
  • A combination of all of the above

If you wish to apply for RPL, please notify Elite Training Institute on the Enrolment form

For more details, please refer to Student Handbook.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer recognises previous formal learning and uses an assessment of a previous course or subject that was achieved by the student to determine whether it can be credited to the new course you wish to enrol. The assessment determines the extent to which your previous course or subject is equivalent to the required learning outcomes of the desired qualification

If you wish to apply for Credit Transfer, please notify Elite Training Institute on the Enrolment form

Practical Placement

As part of the work placement for this Qualification, you will be required to complete 120 hours within a regulated education and care service

We help the students in finding the placements. ETI has got the agreements in place with child care organisations to give real work environment experience to our students during their practical assessments.