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
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
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.
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:
Students must provide a current Working with Children Check. Apply online: ;
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 Plans are available to our students.
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:
Third Party Feedback
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
TrueLearning Australia is a member with Early Childhood Australia