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CHC30113 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Qualification Description

Through the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will be introduced to working in the field of early childhood. It is the minimum qualification to gain employment in ACECQA approved early childhood services and often the qualification studied for those wanting to begin their career in early childhood education.

Learning Areas

Through the Certificate III, you will learn what it means to work with colleagues to provide care and education for babies, toddlers and young children. There are 18 units of study in this qualification covering topics such as:

  • Supporting child interaction, behaviour and care
  • Assisting with child health and safety
  • Supporting child development and learning
  • Following legal and ethical frameworks

The full list of units and assessment methods is found in the column to the right.

Employment Opportunities

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care provides for employment in the following roles:

  • Assistant Educator in long day care
  • Assistant Educator in child care centres
  • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or preschool program
  • Assistant Educator in occasional care
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny or babysitter
  • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as tutor, education support staff or as teacher aides.

Course Entry Requirements

Australian Child Care Career Options uses a range of selection criteria in our selection of students for entry into courses, but in general the potential student must: 

  • Have a strong commitment to studying in Australia.
  • Must be 18 years of age or over
  • Have the required English Language skills of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (no band lower than 5.0), Pearson Test of English Academic score 42, TOEFL, Cambridge English Advanced level, or a Certificate of Completion from an English College Pathway Partner
  • Successful completion of year 12 or equivalent
  • Student Visa Holder (subclass 500)
  • Be able to meet the financial cost of the qualifications and living expenses  

English College Pathways

ACCCO prides itself on maintaining solid quality relationships with reputable educational partners. Students who do not meet our English Language entry requirements may choose to study an English course at one of our English College Partners.

Classroom Based Study

2 Days Classroom Based Per Week, Plus 1 Day Vocational Placement Per Week

All courses offered to international students are delivered through classroom based study. The classes for Certificate II, Certificate III and Diploma courses are held at our Fortitude Valley campus in Brisbane. All classes are delivered by qualified, industry experienced Trainers Assessors. Our Trainer Assessors work closely with students to optimise their learning experience. We simulate activities and tasks that are required to be performed within the workplace to prepare students for work or placement in an early education centre or service. 

Class Contact Hours

International Students attend classes two days per week at the college and spend one day per week at Vocational Placement. This is equates to a total of 20 contact hours per week. There are also various days allocated for excursions, special visitors, art and craft days and block Vocational Placement.

Course Duration

45 Weeks (2 study periods, one of 23 weeks, one of 22 weeks including 4 holiday weeks)

Course Intake Dates

Click Here for 2018 Intake Dates

Other Requirements

Students must undergo a criminal history and working with children check prior to undertaking Vocational Placement in an early education service, or undertaking activities in any unit which may involve contact with children or young people (under 18). It is a requirement of the qualifications that students obtain a Blue Card upon commencement of study and hold a current Blue Card for the duration of enrolment in the qualification.

Help and Support

All students in this qualification are allocated an ACCCO Trainer who will guide them through the qualification. Trainers are all qualified in early childhood education and have at least 5 years' experience completing the job you are wanting to hold. Trainers offer regular phone, email and face to face support so you always have help when you need it!

Pathways to Further Study

On completion of this qualification, you can gain credit into the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care to continue your education career. This means you only need an additional 15 units for the Diploma qualification.


ACCCO will charge the learner for the enrolment application, tuition, material fees and training product as per the nominated fee schedules as outlined below;

Enrolment Fee Tuition Fees Material Fees Recognition of Prior Learning Credit Transfer
AUD $200 AUD $6,380 AUD $420 Upon Application Free


How to Apply

1. Choose Your Course

Once you have made the decision to apply for a qualification you will need to complete an enrolment form and a Literacy, Language and Numeracy indicator (LLN).

Check you meet:

  • Minimum Age Requirement
  • English Language Requirements
  • Academic Entry Requirements
  • Appropriate Visa Requirements

If you do not meet the English Language Requirements, please visit our English Language Pathway Partners or contact our International Manager who will be able to discuss English Language Pathway options with you.

2. Prepare Your Application

Complete the Enrolment Form and prepare details of: 

  • The course you wish to enrol in
  • Acknowledge the cost of the course and the refund policy
  • Previous qualifications that meet the course entry requirements
  • Colour copy of Passport
  • Colour copy of English language test result
  • Colour copy of Certificates and Statement Results for any previously attained or partially completed qualifications completed

3. Submit Your Application

Submit your Enrolment Form and Supporting Documents to

4. Process of Your Application

Your enrolment will be assessed on the information you have provided. Upon receiving all paperwork and supporting evidence a formal assessment of your eligibility and suitability for the qualification is conducted. You will be notified by an enrolments officer on the status of this application once your eligibility has been assessed.

*Please note that we are unable to finalise your enrolment until all required information and supporting evidence has been provided. 

5. Letter of Offer

ACCCO assesses the enrolment application. Once your application is approved you will receive a Letter of Offer to study with ACCCO which explains how to:

  • Accept your offer
  • Pay your deposit
  • Provide any outstanding documents

Student reads and accepts the conditions outlined in the Letter of Offer. Student fees are finalised – payment established. Upon receipt of your Signed Acceptance of Offer and payment of your deposit, ACCCO will issue your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE).

6. Confirm Your Enrolment

If your enrolment application is accepted, you will receive a welcome email with a Confirmation of Enrolment attached, confirming acceptance into the qualification. 

6. Apply For Your Visa

For information on applying for visas, visit the Department of Home Affairs website

Before you submit your application it is important that you provide all the above required documents. Without these we are unable to process your application.

Any Questions?

For assistance with your enrolment, our International Admissions Team are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. For more information on how to apply please refer to our Enrolment Fact Sheet.

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