Cert III

in Early 

Childhood Education and care

Duration: 12 months full-time/Part-time available. Mandatory 120 hours on the job or work placement in an Early Education and Care service. 

See information below

Total Units: 18 units

Nationally Recognised Qualification on the Australian Qualifications Framework



I have studied with numerous different organisations, but TrueLearning has been the best in terms of transparency and support.  The staff are all so friendly, approachable and caring and make you feel very welcome and supported

— Belinda, QLD Certificate of Early Childhood Education and Care

Studying your course with TrueLearning Australia


This course is designed for people who are passionate about Early Childhood Education and Care and are aiming to gain a formal qualification in this amazing industry. You must be over the age of 16 years (parental permission required for students under 18 years of age) and hold a Permanent Resident visa or  be an Australian citizens.

TrueLearning Australia's online student portal makes learning by distance super easy.


Through the online portal you will be able to:


  • Access Assessments and resources 

  • Easily download and upload documents 

  • Message your trainer with quick responses

  • Access thorough feedback and guidance on your assessment submissions 

  • Be notified when your assessments are marked 

  • Chat with your trainer and other students if you get stuck or have a question

It is our aim to make your study journey rewarding, stress-free and enjoyable. 

Free TLA professional development is offered throughout your course to further develop your knowledge/skills. 

This course is Nationally Recognised through the CHC Community Services Training Package. 


Achieve your goals and further your career opportunities to become: 

An Educator in a Early Education service, Out of School Hours and Vacation care service, or in a Family Day-care service. This Certificate can lead you to upgrade to a Diploma to further your job opportunities such as Room/Team leader, Supervisor or Centre Director.

The Certificate 3 and Diploma are highly regarded for Nanny positions in Europe and Australia as well.

Course Delivery Plan   



  • We offer a weekly 3 hour online group for students to access their trainer directly for guidance, assignment clarification and support. The meetings are optional, but highly recommended during this course. They are from the convenience of your own home

  • Email and phone support from the trainer

  • Trainer Assessment visits to the student's workplace or work placement location

  • Self-paced learning is estimated at 6 hours per week for full-time students

  • Mandatory 120 hours on the job or work placement location recorded in a logbook

  • Participants will have access to a qualified supervisor and assessor                                                                                


Course duration: 12 months full time (3 months free extension)

Recognition of Prior Learning is available - please contact our office



Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of Early Childhood Education and Care 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 well-being, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Course Selection Criteria

The structure of this course is adjustable and flexible to meet the needs of the student and employer.


Students will need to meet the following entry requirements prior to course commencement:                                                                                                                     

  • Students must provide a current Working with Children Check. Apply online:          ;

  • Must be the age of 16 or over and an Australian citizen or hold a permanent resident visa;

  • Provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier);

  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment before commencement of the course;

  • Traineeship:  The student is required to be currently working, or commence permanent full-time or part-time employment in a regulated Early Childhood Setting to complete a Traineeship (conditions apply);

  • Self-funded:  The student has no required employment conditions and may be in full-time, part-time, casual employment or work on a volunteer basis in an Early Childhood Setting and have an agreement with the service to complete their 120 hour compulsory work placement.                          



Payment Plan

  • Payment Plans are available to our students.


Additional Fees 

  • Current Working with Children Check

  • Current HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid                                                                                                    response in an education and care setting

Mode of Assessment                                                                                                                                                                 Assessment will be through a combination of methods including:

  • Observation/Demonstration

  • Oral Questioning

  • Written Tasks

  • Third Party Feedback

  • Case Studies

  • Portfolios of Evidence

  • Workplace Recordings (to assist with trainer observation tasks) 

Units of Competency 

CHCECE001       Develop cultural competence

CHCECE002       Ensure the 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

CHCPRT001        Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTAID004         Provide emergency first aid response in an education and care setting 

CHCDIV002        Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCLEG001       Work legally and ethically

CHCECE010       Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

CHCECE011       Provide experiences to support children's play and learning

CHCECE012       Support children to connect with their world

CHCPRP003       Reflect on and improve own professional practice 

CHCECE013       Use information about children to inform practice

BSBWOR301      Organise personal work priorities

HLTWHS001       Maintain work health and safety


TrueLearning Australia is a member with Early Childhood Australia

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Nationally Recognised Qualification on the Australian Qualifications Framework

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