Learner Resources and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for CPLE

This page is a repository of all resources relevant to Communities@Work's RTO - Centre of Professional Learning and Education.

Learner Resources

Please download important resources for the relevant CPLE offering below (early childhood education and care qualifications or business administration certification) by clicking on the link (pdf download). If you cannot see what you’re looking for, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions further below the page, or get in touch with the RTO team at 02 6293 6220 or cple@commsatwork.org.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please see answers below to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) for our Centre of Professional Learning and Education. These frequently asked questions should be read in conjunction with other resources such as the course information booklet, student handbook and fee structure (provided above). Please note these FAQ’s are subject to change as per policy and procedure. For a detailed version of CPLE’s Frequently Asked Questions, please click here (pdf download).

1. What qualifications can I study from Communities@Work’s RTO?

We offer two qualifications designed for a career in early childhood education and care.
The qualifications are 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). We also offer a Skillset in Building Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood and qualification in Business Administration for individuals within or outside the early childhood sector.

For more information, visit our Courses and Qualifications page.

2. What funding arrangements are offered?

The Centre of Professional Learning and Education offers competency-based training to
students through subsidised Government funding as well as a fee for service arrangement.
Participants must meet eligibility requirements to enrol:

  • Skilled Capital Funding, an ACT Government training initiative, is a cost-effective way to study allowing you to develop skills through accessible and flexible training options and maximising improved employment opportunities.
  • User Choice Funding (Traineeship) provides subsidised apprenticeships and traineeships to eligible students undertaking a nationally-recognised qualification, allowing you to earn while you learn and gain on-the-job and off-the-job structured training.
  • Fee For Service (FFS) is an arrangement not linked to any Government funding or subsidised fees. Students who do not meet eligibility requirements through other funding arrangements can enrol through FFS.

For more information, visit our Traineeships and Funding Options page.

3. Do you have specific intakes or start dates for courses?

Enrolment intakes occur throughout the year. For further details, refer to the relevant course information guide above.

4. How do I enrol?

Prior to formal enrolment, students are required to attend an information session that covers enrolment, qualification, assessment and funding information. A series of eligibility checks (including LLN) will also be completed to ensure the student meets the eligibility requirements for their chosen qualification.

5. What is the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (LLN)?

The LLN is a mandatory, initial skills assessment that students are required to complete in line with the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), during the enrolment selection process. We will assess the outcomes of a student’s LLN initial skills, prior to the student’s formal enrolment with CPLE, to ensure they have the adequate skills to complete their training. Information on the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) can be found here.

6. How long does the enrolment process take?

The enrolment process can vary depending on the funding arrangement in which you enrol. General time frames vary between 4 to 8 weeks for approval of funded training contracts. Eligible students will be contacted by the Centre of Professional Learning and Education when enrolment is confirmed.

7. How will I be assessed?

Assessment items to be completed vary through each module and consists of projects, written tasks and practical components. Students will need to understand and demonstrate the required skills, knowledge and performance criteria set against each element of the unit of competency, in order to be deemed competent. This is in accordance with the training and assessment standards. Further information about assessment items is covered within our
Student Handbook (download from the above list of resources).

8. Can I receive recognition of previous training?

You must provide original certified copies of qualifications, statements of attainments and transcripts to CPLE if you wish to apply for Credit Transfer (CT) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). We will then verify and assess documentation if eligible CT or RPL outcomes will be granted to the student.

9. Will I be required to complete a practical work placement as part of the course?

You need to complete a work placement for the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. If you are working within the early childhood industry with a registered provider, you will not be required to organise a practical placement as these hours will be gathered during your current employment arrangement. If you are not working within the industry you will be required to arrange a practical work placement for our these Early Childhood qualifications.

10. Can I enrol in your Early Childhood Education and Care courses without any experience or knowledge of the sector?

You can enrol into a  Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care if you have no experience or knowledge of the sector. We recommend considering our Ascend Program if you’re interested in studying a qualification while getting paid full-time.

For more information, visit our Ascend program page.


If you have any enquiries that are not addressed here, please download our comprehensive FAQs here or contact the Centre of Professional Learning and Education on cple@commsatwork.org.

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