CHC30121 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Kids in Preschool

About the Program

Get started in a fun and rewarding career, with a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This qualification will teach you how to take care of children, nurture their development as well as make sure the environment is safe and supportive.

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework and support children’s well-being, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

School Days

Employment Opportunities

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:
•    Nanny
•    Playgroup Supervisor
•    Family Day Care Educator 

•    Early Childhood Educator

•    Outside School hours Care Educator

Entry Requirements

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care consists of a range of practical tasks and in order to meet work experience and job role expectations, students should be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy to meet the duty of care obligations. For example:

  • The student would need to have the ability to respond appropriately to children’s needs, remain calm in high-stress situations and interact and communicate appropriately where difficulty or danger arises.

  • Students should also have a reasonable level of fitness to cope with physical demands such as standing, lifting, bending, twisting and reaching.

It is expected that applicants for entry to this program will:

  • A minimum of year 12 or (Australian equivalent) is mandatory or Achieve an Exit Level 3 or above score within the Australian Core Skills Framework assessments in Reading and Numeracy, which will show that they have the capability to be successful in the course.


Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian. Section 120 of the Education and Care National Regulations 2011 requires the approved provider of a centre-based service must ensure that any educator at the service who is under 18 years of age:

  • does not work alone at the service; and

  • is adequately supervised at all times by an educator who has attained the age of 18 years.

National Criminal History Check / Working with Vulnerable People Check

Students will be required to complete and pass a Working with Children Check/Police Clearance in the state or territory that they are working in prior to commencing child-related work (this includes work placement). For information that relates to a specific state or territory please refer to or

Training delivery

This course can be conducted online, blended, work-based or in the classroom. Training is delivered through our Registered Training Organisation: Alpine Training Pty Ltd RTO ID 41511.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a: Nationally recognised Certificate & Transcript or Statement of Attainment (if found competent in at least 1 Unit of Competency).


Pathways Information

This qualification will also offer a pathway into other courses including: 

  • CHC50121 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Structure

To successfully complete this qualification, you require 17 units of competency. These 18 units are comprised of 15 core and 3 elective units. The units of competency shown below have been selected by Alpine Training based on the course purpose.


For course fees details please contact our Administration Office

Phone: 07 3554 1093



12 Months


Delivery Mode

Classroom, Online, Distance/correspondence, Work based or RPL

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