Vocational Education and Training
Communities at Work’s Centre of Professional Learning and Education (CPLE) delivers vocational education and training in the Early Childhood Education and Care, as well as Business sectors. Whether you’re looking to get certified to begin a new career, advance a current career, or simply upskill with professional development, we can help you. We will arm you with the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience you need.
We have been recognised for our excellence in vocational education and training at the ACT Training Awards, winning the Large Employer of the Year for four years in a row! Find out more here.
Nationally Recognised Qualifications/Courses
You can study two early childhood education and care qualifications with us: the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (entry-level) and the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (for career progression). You can also study the BSB30120 Certificate III in Business with us and gain coveted professional transferable skills for the workplace to get you started in Accounting, Administration, Technology and more.
Professional Development Training & Workshops
Our professional development training sessions and workshops are for individuals across a myriad of community services sectors. These training sessions can be booked by anyone looking to upskill, increase their knowledge, or gain an understanding of professional practices on a session-by-session basis. Additionally, we offer customised professional development training for children’s services settings across Canberra.
Government-funded subsidies and entitlements
You may be eligible for funded study subsidies and entitlements when enrolling into one of our nationally recognised professional qualifications, such as the User Choice (traineeships) and Skilled Capital funding. Under these options, available via Skills Canberra, you will not have to pay the complete qualification fee (depending on the type of funding you’re eligible for). Our CPLE staff will also be able to help you identify relevant options as per your situation.
Ascend Program: Paid Traineeship in the Early Years
Start a career in the early education and care sector with our industry-leading traineeship Ascend Program. Selected candidates will join Communities at Work as early childhood educator trainees (paid full time), working in our Early Education Centres while studying a nationally recognised entry-level qualification in Early Education and Care with CPLE. Our Ascend Program intakes only happen twice a year and are a unique opportunity to earn while you learn.
About the Centre of Professional Learning and Education
Communities at Work’s Centre of Professional Learning and Education (CPLE) is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Our passionate team specialises in delivering vocational education and training (VET) qualifications with quality and evidence-based approaches. The Registered Training Organisation (RTO 88148) delivers nationally-recognised qualifications within the areas of Early Childhood Education and Care and Business.
We’re the four-time proud winner of the Large Employer of the Year Award at the ACT Training Awards 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is a recognition of our commitment to excellence in the Vocational Education and Training sector in the ACT.
Our methods consist 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. 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.
You can get in touch with the Centre of Professional Learning and Education at:
Phone: 02 6293 6220