Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Course Overview

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is delivered part-time over a period of 1 – 2 years. Some additional out of hours sessions may be required depending on course requirements throughout the year. There is a cooling off period of 21 days for this course.

The majority of components for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care are delivered during the course on site. However, learners must also continue their study off site to ensure they gain a comprehensive understanding of the content. Students will have four contact hours per month with the trainer.

The cohort of learners are currently working in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care, with the majority of learners engaging in a Traineeship or Apprenticeship. Those not working in the industry must complete hours within a registered service, as per training package assessment conditions.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course; however, prior working knowledge of the industry is beneficial.

Learners who have successfully completed year 12 should have a pass mark in English or an ability to demonstrate English language proficiency on enrolment. Learners who have not completed year 12 can demonstrate English language proficiency by demonstrating their reading and writing skills to the Building Futures Education Services through the Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. Mature age or alternative entry will be assessed by the college on inquiry.


Qualification Rules

To achieve the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – CHC30113, the learner must complete 18 units of competency, made up of:

  • 15 core units
  • 3 elective units
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Duration and Scheduling

There are 2 options for delivery of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care:

  • Workplace delivery
  • Blended flexible options including RPL where appropriate and by application.

Both modes of learning are structured over a 1 – 2 year period, as per Australian Qualifications Framework volume of learning indicators. A minimum of 1200 hours’ study is required to allow for sufficient understanding and application of the required skills and knowledge.

Competency-based assessment is used during all assessment activities. Learners prove competency with demonstrations of written knowledge and practical skills. Timelines are taken into consideration for practical skills and learners must meet the criteria as deemed industry competent by the assessor.

Modes of Delivery:

Formative evidence will be assessed in the form of an Assessment Task Portfolio. The Assessment Task Portfolio uses several assessment tools to accommodate the learner’s individual needs. The assessment types include:

  • Written Questioning
  • Practical Observation
  • Research Case
  • Studies Portfolio
  • Reflective Journal
  • Third Party reports
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

Core Units

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting *
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Elective Units

CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCECE012 Support children to connect to their world
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development

*HLTAID004: Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting unit is NOT delivered by Building Futures Education Services; learners must organise and complete this unit via an external provider. A certified copy of the statement of attainment must be provided to Building Futures Education Services. This may incur additional costs depending on learner funding.

Refer to the Training Package – Qualification Packaging Rules for further information.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care



15 High Street, Forest Lake 4078

(07) 3723 7722



Consumer Rights

You can access your consumer rights via the Queensland Government’s Website.

Support Services

Students requiring counselling or support should discuss the matter with their trainer. The trainer will assist where possible, and in the event that further action is required, refer the student to the Director of Studies, or alternatively, the student may wish to contact the relevant organisation themselves.

There is not cost involved in support services.
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care costs $3240.

The cost includes:

  • all materials
  • all assessment activities
  • support throughout your course


We may offer reductions for students who are eligible for user choice funding.

Students must fully pay all fees before we can award qualifications.

When paid, Building Futures Education Services will issue a receipt for the amount paid. We will also keep the monies in a trust account with a recognised banking institution until such time as they are due to Building Futures Education Services.

Enrolment fees, where the client is a company, will be invoiced no later than the start date of the course date unless alternate arrangements are made. Enrolments within 30 days from the date of course commencement will be invoiced with a due date of course commencement.

Statements will be issued monthly to each student with outstanding accounts. Invoices will also be rendered to students for textbooks and reference books supplied where the costs of such books are not included in the course fees (where applicable). Statements will be issued monthly for any outstanding accounts.

Receipts will be issued only on request unless payment is from a student. In accordance with our Refund Policy, we act on refund requests within 14 days.