Course: Certificate III in Early Childhood

Course Code CHC30113

Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care - Child Care Course in Canberra

Who is this course for?

The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course 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 to face to face and virtual sessions. The expected course completion is 12 – 24 months.

NOTE: The CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification has now been superseded and has entered a teach-out period which will end on 20 January 2023. Please see HERE for further information. 

Candidates entering enrolment into this qualification must ensure they are aware of and comply with CPLE’s TRANSITION OF TRAINING PACKAGE POLICY AND PROCEDURE.  For further information regarding these arrangements, please contact CPLE at

What is required in the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification?

This Certificate III qualification includes 18 units of competency for completion. 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 minimum of 120 hours of mandatory work placement in a licensed and registered education and care service. 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 CH30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care that you hold English language and literacy skills to an ACSF Level 3 level. This will be assessed using the CPLE Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment.

Downloadable Resources with more information

CHC30113 Course Information Guide 

CPLE Student Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Fee Structure

How to apply to study for Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care?

You can apply for this course by filling in the enquiry form here. You can also email us at, or call 02 6293 6220.

This qualification reflects the CHC – Community Services training package requirements (release 4.0) 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).

Communities@Work is a Registered Training Organisation, trading as the Centre of Professional Learning and Education (RTO 88148).



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