The Certificate III is an entry-level qualification into a career in early childhood education and care. This qualification will provide you with foundation skills and knowledge of the sector. There is a combination of written assessment items, practical hours, on-the-job activities, and attendance required at class workshops. The expected course completion is 6 – 12 months.
The Certificate III includes 18 units of competency that is required to obtain the qualification. Learning and assessment reflect real-life educator roles and links with the sector requirements and the National Quality Framework (NQF). Throughout an enrolment, learners are required to complete a mandatory total of 120 hours of work placement in a licensed and registered education and care service with children aged 0-2 years. To allow this to take place you will need to be engaged in work, either paid or unpaid, with children. Students will be observed and assessed on-the-job while completing mandatory work placement hours. Support will be provided during workshops, workplace visits, and study sessions as well as via phone and email.
Students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) if they meet the eligibility requirements. It is a requirement of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care that you hold English language and literacy skills to a determined level. This will be assessed using the CPLE Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment.
This qualification reflects the CHC – Community Services training package requirements (release 3.0) and is an approved early childhood education and care qualification by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011).
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