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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30121 | CRICOS 108598A

Enter an extremely rewarding career for life as a Childhood Educator with Certificate III in Early Childhood Education at Queensland Academy of Technology.

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 is 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

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.

Course Duration and Study Options

  • 50 Weeks (2 Days per week);
  • 120 hours work placement

Entry Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent* (No band below 5.0)
  • Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent in the student’s home country)*
  • Students who have not completed high school must have relevant work experience or a qualification that indicate a likely success of course completion.

*Alternatively, students are required to take a pre-test before enrolment.

Tuition Fees

From $6,000**

**Check Fees and Funding or contact QAT for latest promotion.


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.

You can choose to package this course with the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care for a shorter duration and less cost of the combined programs. Contact us to find out more!

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 ECEC 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.

  • This entry-level course will equip students with all the essential skills and knowledge that they need to become a qualified educator in the early
  • This qualification is nationally recognised.
  • Students will be taught in real life settings. With the practical approach specifically designed for international students, students will acquire job ready skills through their training.\
  • All our students gain real world experience visiting and working in local childcare centres since the beginning of the course.
  • QAT helps arrange work based training for our students.
  • Students can choose to further study a bachelor degree in the field with one of our partnered universities.

Qualification Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 18 units of competency. A requirement of this course is that students undertake a mandatory industry placement. 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.

**Prior to work placement you are required to apply for a blue card (working with children check).

Support inclusion and diversity
Support children's health, safety ad wellbeing
Nurture babies and toddler
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Use and approved learning framework to guide practice
Support the holistic learning and development of children
Provide experiences to support children's play ad learning
Support children to connect with the natural environment
Observe children to inform practice
Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples' culture
Meet legal and ethical obligations in children's education and care
Work effectively in children's education and care
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Provide first aid in an education and care setting
Participate in workplace health and safety
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Work with diverse people

Employment Opportunities

Job prospects upon successful completion of this course include:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Education and Care Assistant
  • In Home Care Provider
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Outside Hour School Care Educator
  • Playgroup Supervisor

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.

Course Overview

  • Duration

    50 weeks

  • Delivery Mode

    Campus, Distance

  • Units


  • Work Placement:

    120 hours

  • Intake Dates

    Every 2 weeks*

  • Cost

    From $7,000**

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