Qualifications and Professional Learning

The Centre of Professional Learning and Education provides professional early childhood qualifications and training in early childhood education and care, as well as business administration. We also have a range of professional development sessions open to individuals across all sectors in Canberra.

Communities@Work RTO CPLE

Our Registered Training Organisation and What We Offer

Communities@Work’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO 88148), The Centre of Professional Learning and Education, specialises in early childhood qualification, business administration certification, and professional development training. Our nationally recognised professional qualifications will arm you with the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience you need. Whether you’re looking to begin a career in early childhood education and care, work with young children, advance your career, or upskill in business administration and professional development, we’re the RTO for you.

We offer two types of early childhood qualifications: Diploma and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. We also offer a professional qualification of Certificate III in Business Administration. You can enrol in our professional qualifications through one of our three funding pathways: Traineeships/User Choice Funding (Earn while you learn), Skilled Capital Funding (Cost-effective subsidised training) or Fee for Service.

We also offer professional development workshops and training sessions for individuals within as well as outside the early childhood education and care sector. You can book into these on a session-by-session basis.

Our Approach to Training and Qualifications

We are registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Our passionate team specialises in delivering vocational education and training (VET) qualifications in early childhood education and care. Our quality, evidence-based approach to delivering early childhood education VET qualifications and Certificate III in Business Administration consists of a range of teaching and learning strategies. These include face to face workshops, workshop tasks, projects, online learning, and hands-on experience within the work environment.

We pride ourselves in delivering exceptional training programs and services that align with the National Quality Standards (NQS), meeting sector requirements. As an RTO, we take our obligation to support learners very seriously and ensure the highest quality of training and assessment services. Our approach is focused on enhancing the learning experience of our students.

If you are passionate about a career in the early education and care sector, consider our Ascend Program which is an industry-leading traineeship where selected trainees will gain skills, qualifications and experience, while being provided practical and financial support every step of the way.

Information Booklets

Download our handy information booklets for specific information about each of our offerings, or click through one of the categories below.

  • Ascend Program: Industry-leading traineeship offering paid practical experience working across our children’s services while completing a qualification.  Download the Ascend handbook here.
  • Employer Traineeship: We offer eligible candidates the opportunity to enrol into one of our training courses through a User Choice funded traineeship, for new and existing employees. Traineeships are combined with paid work, allowing trainees to earn while they learn while receiving a nationally recognised qualification. Download Handbook here. 
  • Enrolment Form: Please fill your enrolment form (download form here) and submit it to cple@commsatwork.org. You can also click the enquire now button below to first submit an enrolment enquiry.

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  • Professional Qualifications

    If you value quality, contemporary thinking and best practice approaches, then we are the training organisation for you! Check out our Certificate III and Diploma qualifications.

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  • Book into Training

    Our training calendar of professional learning is planned after extensive consultation with the industry. Check out our professional development training calendar, open to all individuals within and outside the early childhood education and care sector.

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  • Customised Training

    We offer an extensive range of customised professional development workshops specific to the early childhood education and care industry, tailored to meet the unique needs of your service and program, offered in your own environment, accessible to your whole team.

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  • Ascend Program

    We offer a 12-month program as the first step in a rewarding and challenging career in early childhood education and care. Trainees gain valuable paid experience, working across our children’s services while they complete their qualification, with practical support provided every step of the way.

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  • Funding Options

    Explore the different funding pathways through which you can obtain our professional qualifications, such as Subsidised Government Study (Skilled Capital Funding), Traineeships - earn while you learn (User Choice Funding), and Fee for Service.

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