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CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30113 | CRICOS 082223F

Build a solid career in education as a Childhood Educator with Certificate III in Early Childhood Education at Queensland Academy of Technology

The early years count! Education in a child’s early years provides a critical foundation for cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and motor development. For this reason, becoming a professional childcare educator can be so rewarding.

By pursuing this career, you open up a plethora of opportunities in the childcare industry. childcare in the top 5 occupations in Australia with the largest number of new jobs expected by 2020, you can enter this career path knowing you are in high demand in the workforce.

Course Description

Commence your career in Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia with this entry level qualification at QAT.

This qualification is for people who want to work as an early childhood educator in a centre-based service and family day care. You will be able to facilitate play and ensure children’s health and safety while supporting their learning and wellbeing. Queensland Academy of Technology partners with some of the best early childhood education and care services in the industry to give you practical, on-the-job training and industry-relevant experience before you graduate.

Certificate III Guarantee Program provides a Queensland Government subsidy towards the training cost for eligible Participants undertaking an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate level III qualification, which can help you to get a job outcome or career progression.

Course Duration and Study Options

  • Class - 30 Weeks (2 Days per week);
  • Distance training available for domestic students
  • Or mixed study option
  • Minimum 120 hours industry placement

Entry Requirements

  • Queensland resident aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students)
  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and on the pathway to permanent residency
  • Must not have or be enrolled in a Certificate 3 level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training)

Tuition Fees

Under Certificate III Guarantee:
  • Concessional: $36
  • Non-Concessional: $72
Fee for Services: $4,500


Skills and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you study at the Queensland Academy of Technology, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback.

Credit transfer is available for students who have successfully completed units of competency through a nationally recognised provided. Evidence of transcript will be requested prior to commencing the course.

Payment Options

We have many payment options available depending on each individual student. Please Contact QAT to know what payment option suits you.

Why Study with QAT?

At QAT our aim is to assist you in reaching the required competence and confidence to succeed within the Early Childhood Services industry.

Join QAT industry award winning trainers who will provide you with the individual training support to successfully achieve your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to reach career goals and gain employment in the Early Childhood Service industry.

You will receive:
  • Highly informative orientation and induction
  • Meet with the lead trainer to discuss all aspects of the course including work placement
  • An individual training schedule which includes assessment due dates
  • Meet the student support officer dedicated to assist you
  • Access to the QAT student portal, E-learning portal and virtual classroom
  • Access to QAT student Facebook, student activity calendar and QAT job club
  • Work placement at an Early Childhood Centre to receive hands on experience
  • Access to Early Childhood job vacancies
  • Receive specific training in special needs and have the opportunity to work alongside children with additional needs through our industry partnership program
  • Pathway towards career development into university to complete BA in Education

Qualification Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 18 units of competency. Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Ensure the health and safety of children
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Participate in workplace health and safety
Use information about children to inform practice
Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
Support behaviour of children and young people
Promote innovation in a team environment
Support children to connect with their world
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Provide care for babies and toddlers
Provide care for children
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Work legally and ethically
Develop cultural competence
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

Employment Opportunities

  • Educator
  • Outside Hour School Care Educator
  • ISS – Educator Support
  • Centre Cook

Further Study

Students can pursue further studies by enrolling into Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care through our pathway programs.

Alternatively, for a shorter study duration and reduced tuition fees, apply to study a packaged course. In this packaged course you will study both a Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Any Questions?

For assistance, our Enrolments Team are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have.
Contact us now and we'll get you started.

* Alternatively, students are required to take a pre-test before enrolment
**Additional costs include: Materials $300; First Aid: $170; Enrolment fee: $250

Course Overview

  • Duration

    30 weeks

  • Delivery Mode

    Campus. Online.

  • Units


  • Work Placement:

    120 hours

  • Intake Dates

    Every second Tuesday; see the PDF for all the dates

  • Cost

    Certificate 3 Guarantee,
    Concessional $36
    Non-Concessional $72
    Fee for Service $4,500

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What students are saying about QAT

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