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CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

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:

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • Hold a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Completion of a online student orientation test and completion of a student evaluation on language, literacy and numeracy

Career Opportunities

Employment may be sought in the following areas:

  • Authorized supervisor (children’s services)
  • Centre Manager (children’s services)
  • Children’s advisor
  • Children’s service Director/Manager
  • Children’s service coordinator
  • Director (children’s services)
  • Child Care worker Group/team coordinator/leader (children’s services)
  • Program leader (children’s services)
  • Child development worker

Modes of Delivery

  • Self-paced external study packages
  • Apprenticeships
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Online study packages and distance Education


Self paced means you can fit study in with your lifestyle. There are no due dates on assessment and no exams, although each unit has an expiry of three months. The average time it takes to complete this program is four years part-time or two years full time. The more time you allocate to study the quicker you can achieve your qualification. Our highly qualified Trainer Assessors can provide you with a training plan to assist you with completion timeframes for each unit to suit your study goals.

A practical component is also required for the course, a minimum of 280 work placement hours and students are also required to complete additional workplace tasks for all units.

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 regulated Child Care Service on a regular basis. The on-the-job experience gives students the practical and hands on skills required to achieve competency.

A minimum of 280 hours of workplace experience is required for the whole of the CHC50121, however students will more than likely complete more than 280 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.  The aim of workplace experience also assists students to develop foundation skills such as communication, interpreting, following instructions, problem solving and working in a team.

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