upgrade Cert III to diploma 

of Early Childhood Education and care

Duration: Self Paced (just 12 months-18 months, including 240 hours on the job or work placement at an Early Childhood Education and Care setting

Total Units: minimum 17 units (depending on RPL or credit transfers of units from approved Certificate 3)

Nationally Recognised Qualification on the Australian Qualifications Framework



I am currently undertaking a Cert 3 to Diploma childcare upgrade through TLA. I feel very happy with my experience so far and although finding the course personally challenging as I haven’t studied for years, I am growing in confidence. The support help and encouragement I have received from Jen and Inge has been really great and professional at all times. I have also felt personally supported knowing they are only a call away if needed for information and support when challenged. Thanks to Inge and Jen at TrueLearning Australia.

— Fiona, NSW Upgrade to Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Studying your course with TrueLearning Australia

This course is designed for educators who are passionate about Early Childhood Education and Care and want to upgrade their Certificate 3 to gain a higher qualification in this amazing industry.

TrueLearning Australia's online student portal makes learning by distance super easy.                                                            Through the 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 offered throughout your course to further develop your knowledge and skills. 

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


Achieve your goals and further your career opportunities to become:

A Room Leader, Team Leader, Educational Leader, Manager, Area Manager or Director in an Early Childhood and/or        Out of School Care setting  and Family Day-care services. You may be responsible for the education and/or supervision  of volunteers and other staff.

Open your own centre, if that is your dream. 

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, phone or zoom support from the trainer.

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

  • Mandatory 240 hours on the job or work placement location using a logbook

  • Participants will have access to a qualified supervisor and assessor 


Course duration: Just 12 months full time, 6 months free extension if needed 

Recognition of Prior Learning/ Credit transfers of your Cert 3 - Upgrade with Ease

  • We specialise in RPL and will make the process as easy as possible for you. 

  • If you have recent industry experience and a Certificate 3 or Diploma in Children's Services or Early Childhood please let us know and send through your transcript. 

Course 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 Early Childhood Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards.

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:                                                                                                                

  • Must be above the age of 16 (parental permission required for students under 18 years of age) and an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident;

  • Provide a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier);

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

  • Students are required to have an agreement with an Early Childhood                                                                                service to complete their 240 hours work placement if the student is not currently working in the industry.

  •  A Certificate 3/ Diploma in Children's Services, Community services or Early Childhood Education and Care                         


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                                                                                                                                                                  Assessments 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

CHCECE017      Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood 

CHCECE018      Nurture creativity in children 

CHCECE022      Promote children’s agency

CHCECE023      Analyse information to inform learning 

CHCECE024      Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development 

CHCECE020      Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour 

CHCECE026      Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children 

CHCECE021      Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 

CHCECE019      Facilitate compliance in an education and care services 

CHCECE016      Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 

HLTWHS003      Maintain work health and safety 

CHCECE025      Embed sustainable practices in service operations 

BSBLED401       Develop teams and individuals 

BSBINN502       Build and sustain an innovative work environment

CHCPOL002      Develop and implement policy 

BSBMGT605      Provide leadership across the organisation 

CHCPRP003      Reflect on and improve own professional practice 

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