CTAS Education

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Course Outline

This nationally recognised qualification is specifically designed to prepare educators to support children in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia. This may be in an early learning centre, family day care, pre-schools or out of school hours care.

Early Childhood Education and Care is an in-demand industry, and this course will give you the skills and knowledge to confidently provide care to babies, toddlers and children while maintaining a safe and healthy environment.

This course meets the regulatory requirements as stipulated by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an approved early childhood education and care qualifications. 

Location, Delivery and Duration

The course is delivered through a combination of face-to-face training and assessment, in an approved education and care service and online learning and assessment, including:

  • One on One Training and Support Sessions
  • Workplace Assessments
  • Practical Observation Assessments
  • Self-paced Knowledge Assessments 

The approximate duration of the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education is between 1 – 2 years dependent on each individual learner’s experience and any eligible Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning.

Units of Competence

Unit Code

Unit of Competence


Work with diverse people (Elective)


Support inclusion and diversity (Core)


Support children’s health, safety, and wellbeing (Core)


Nurture babies and toddlers (Core)


Develop positive and respectful relationships with children (Core)


Use an approved learning framework to guide practice (Core)


Support the holistic learning and development of children (Core)


Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning (Core)


Support children to connect with the natural environment (Core)


Observe children to inform practice (Core)


Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culture (Core)


Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care (Core)


Work effectively in children’s education and care (Core)


Reflect on and improve own professional practice (Elective)


Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (Core)


Provide First Aid in an education and care setting (Core)


Participate in work health and safety (Core)

Fees and Charges


This Course is funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development Traineeship Scheme.

New Worker Trainee

Fee Free*

Existing Worker Trainee

$1720.44 **Fee Caps Apply

**Existing Worker Trainee 15-24 years annual fee cap


**Existing Worker Trainee 25 years + annual fee cap


Existing Worker Trainee – with eligible concession card


School Based Trainee

Fee Exempt

Important Notes

The student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as resource fees and other fees.

*Eligible students who enrol into the Fee Free Program on or before 31 December 2024, are entitled to the fee-free arrangement each year over the duration of the course.

Fees for Service

Studying in a ‘Fees for Service’ arrangement is studying outside of employment. This means that your Employer has no obligations or responsibilities to your study arrangements or qualification.

An individualised quote will be provided upon request. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning is available for learners who have existing skills, knowledge, and verified experience and wish to apply for RPL through an assessment only process.

For more information about eligibility and assessment, contact enrolments@ctas.wa.edu.au 

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer may be applied to Units of Competency/s that have been previously completed.

To apply for credit transfer you will be required to supply a copy of your prior academic transcripts or Unique Student Identifier (USI) transcript during the enrolment process. Once verified any eligible units will be applied to your qualification.

Future Study Pathways

After successfully completing CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, learners may choose to undertake further study pathways including the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisite requirements for this qualification. 
However, learners must:
  • Be a minimum of 15 years old.
  • Have suitable Language, Literacy and Numeracy Skills to complete a Certificate III (completion of a LLN assessment will be required)
  • Willingness to commit to study.
  • Learners must have a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) to study any qualification or short course in Australia. To create a USI please visit www.usi.gov.au

If you require support and reasonable adjustment, please call us 9350 9222 prior to enrolment.

Studying via a Traineeship
  • Be an Australian Citizen, a New Zealand passport holder or hold a visa that allows you to engage in work in Australia.
  • Be permanently employed in an approved education and care service for a minimum of 15 hours per week.
  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC) will be required for employment purposes. 

Resource Requirements

  • Internet access
  • Suitable device to access the Learning Management System

If you do not have access to the above resources, please call us 9350 9222 to discuss further. 

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