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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Qualification Description 

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood 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 wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here:

Career Opportunities

Employment may be sought in the following areas:

  • Child Care Assistant/Educator
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Family Day Care worker/Educator
  • Child Care worker/Educator
  • Outside School Hours Care Assistant/Educator
  • Recreation Assistant/Educator
  • Nanny
  • Mobile Assistant/Educator

Modes of Delivery

  • Self-paced external study packages
  • Traineeships
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Online study packages and distance education


There are no due dates on assessment and no exams however all units have a three month expiry. There are 17 units in the Certificate III course, 15 core units and 2 electives units. All 2 electives must be completed as well as HLTAID012 Provide first aid in an education and care setting Certificate (a core unit). It takes 12-24 months to complete this program, however, the more time you allocate to study the quicker you can achieve your qualification.

A practical component is also required for the course, a minimum of 160 work placement hours and students are also required to complete additional workplace tasks for all units

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of Year 10 with sound English
  • Completion of a online student orientation test and completion of a student evaluation on language, literacy and numeracy

Vocational Placement

Completion of on-the-job tasks in a Children’s Services setting is a compulsory requirement of this Qualification. This means that students must have access to a licensed Child Care Service on a regular basis. The on-the-job experience gives students the practical and hands-on skills required to achieve competency.

Students completing CHC30121 must complete a minimum of 160 work placement hours in a regulated early childhood education and care service, however students will more than likely complete more than 160 hours in total. Please note that certain units require that a task should be demonstrated a number of times, and over a period of time.  During the 160 work placement hours students are assessed on their application of knowledge and skills.

Family Daycare students must complete a minimum of 12 hours work placement in a long day care service.

HLTAID012 – Provide first aid in an education and care setting

Students have the option of choosing their own First Aid provider to complete this qualification. 
AIECS offers CPR (HLTAID009) and Full First Aid (HLTAID012) Workshops at our College Campus in Shailer Park. Dates are announced monthly on our Facebook and Instagram. 
If you are intrested in completing a CPR or First Aid with AIECS, you can enquire about enroling via our enquiry page, call (07) 3451 9990 or email

Further Studies

On successful completion of this Qualification students may progress in to the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Units of competency



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