JobTrainer at CPLE: Early Childhood Study

Applications now closed to study with JobTrainer (2022).

JobTrainer is a jointly funded initiative of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments. JobTrainer offers free vocational education and training to young people and job seekers across Canberra in several areas of employment growth including Early Childhood Education and Care.

Communities at Work Centre of Professional Learning and Education (CPLE) JobTrainer 2022

What can I study with JobTrainer (Fee-Free)?

Communities at Work’s Centre of Professional Learning and Education (CPLE) is proud to be a selected Registered Training Organisation (RTO 88148) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care through the ACT Government’s JobTrainer program (limited places only):

  • CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 
  • CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

If you enrol into one of these qualifications with CPLE under the JobTrainer program, you will be able to complete your study at no cost.* This means you will not be required to pay the qualification fees or the CPLE student administration fee. The Australian and ACT Governments will subsidise CPLE for the training and assessment services you receive.

Applications now closed to study with JobTrainer (2022).

Am I eligible to study fee-free with JobTrainer?

To be eligible for JobTrainer funding and study these qualifications fee-free, you must, at the time of enrolment, be:

  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident, or New Zealand passport holder resident for
    more than six (6) months, or
  • A person who holds an eligible visa (as per Skills Canberra), and
  • Living or working in the ACT, and
  • Be willing to complete an exit survey on completion of, or withdrawal, from training. Skills Canberra will email an exit survey to all JobTrainer students when their enrolment status is changed to ‘completed’ or ‘cancelled’.

*This fee-free training does NOT include the cost of the First Aid unit. Students will need to pay the cost of this unit only, as CPLE outsource the training and assessment of this unit to external first aid providers. The charges will depend on the fees set by the first aid training provider you choose to use for completion. Refer to the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification guide for details (pdf download)


Apply to study Fee-Free with JobTrainer (Expression of Interest)

Applications for the JobTrainer study are now closed.

If you’ve completed the form but haven’t received an email from the CPLE team yet, please contact the team at cple@commsatwork.org or call 02 6293 6220. Please check your junk/spam folder before inquiring.


If you are looking to study a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you can now apply for our Ascend Program traineeship. The on-the-job development program enables trainees to earn while they learn – this means that you can work full-time in Communities at Work’s children’s services while studying your qualification with the CPLE team and gain valuable paid work experience alongside the nationally recognised qualification. Find out more on our Ascend Program page here.


Get in touch with the RTO (CPLE) team.

More Information

Entry Requirements for CPLE (before you enrol)

To study a nationally-recognised vocational education and training qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care with Communities at Work’s Centre of Professional Learning and Education, whether under Jobtrainer or any other funding structure, you will need to:

  • be 17 years or older (not currently in school)
  • meet the computer & digital requirements (access to a digital device, internet, speakers/headphones, software applications such as Word, active email account) to engage with our Online Learning Management System, Canvas
  • pass the Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN Assessment)
  • be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as per directives from ACT Health (for working in the early childhood sector)
  • have the ability to apply for and maintain a current and valid Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) registration
  • obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) 
  • already have or have the ability to obtain employment or work placement in a regulated Early Childhood Service (to complete the practical components of studying either of the qualifications). CPLE can help you source work placement opportunities within or outside Communities at Work’s early childhood services if needed to support your study. 

For more information about entry requirements, please download the respective qualification information guides at the bottom of this page, or discuss your eligibility with the CPLE team at cple@commsatwork.org or 02 6293 6220.

Kickstart a career in Early Childhood Education and Care

Completing a CHC30121 Certificate III qualification will open doors for you to a job with meaning, security, satisfaction and lots of smiles. All you need to apply is a passion for educating children – no experience or prior knowledge necessary. And what’s more, you’ll be gaining this qualification fee-free with JobTrainer!

For more information about this qualification and what it entails, and to download the qualification handbook for complete information, please visit this page.

Level up in your education career with a Diploma

Take the next step in a career that grows! Study the CHC50121 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care fee-free. A Diploma qualification will open up career progression opportunities in leadership positions in the workforce. You will need a minimum of CHC30113 or CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education to study a Diploma with us.

For more information about this qualification and what it entails, and to download the qualification handbook for complete information, visit this page.

Please note that applications for studying the Diploma qualification under JobTrainer have now closed for 2022. 

Study with our award-winning team

When you choose CPLE, you’re choosing Communities at Work’s award-winning vocational education and training provider. We are the three-time winner of the ‘Large Employer of the Year’ at the ACT Training Awards (2019, 2020 and 2021). We adopt a comprehensive approach to training and ensure that you are supported throughout your qualification journey and beyond. We prepare you for or take you forward in the workforce with a bespoke training experience that meets your needs.

Our highly qualified, professional and passionate team of trainers and assessors will be there to guide you every step of the way. Our flexible model and supportive and stimulating environment provide a blend of theoretical and practice-based learning that will arm you with the real-world skills you need to succeed as an early childhood educator.

As the largest provider of children’s services, operating 12 Early Education and Care Centres and 17 Out of School Hours Care services in Canberra, Communities at Work may also be able to offer you potential employment opportunities with our own organisation after you complete your study!

You can contact the CPLE team at cple@commsatwork.org or 02 6293 6220 between Mon-Fri (9 am and 5 pm) for more information about the JobTrainer program, studying these qualifications, or to express your interest and discuss your options.

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