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CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. They support children’s wellbeing, and development in the context of an approved learning framework. Educators use a range of well-developed skills and knowledge using discretion and judgment when carrying out their work in the context of established policies and procedures. They may work independently or under the guidance of others, though in some contexts that guidance may not be on-site.


52 Weeks (Includes 10 weeks term breaks)

Work placement

160 Hours

Delivery arrangement

Face to Face

Next start dates

15th MAR 2024
14th APR 2024
15th MAY 2024
14th JUN 2024
15th JUL 2024
15th AUG 2024
13th SEP 2024
15th OCT 2024
15th NOV 2024
13th DEC 2024

frequently asked questions


Our course has been designed to meet the requirements for the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. It contains 17 units of competency as follows:
  • 15 core units
  • 2 elective units
Unit Code Unit Title Core/Elective
CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care Core
CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care Core
CHCECE031 Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Elective
CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures Core
CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity Core
CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice Core
CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children Core
CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning Core
CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices Elective
HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting Core


Under mutual recognition, the Certificate qualification and Statement of Attainment awarded by AIPT will be recognized by other RTOs Australia-wide. Upon successful completion of this course, students have a number of pathway options to study:

• An undergraduate degree at universities or higher education providers that are willing to accept your credentials and experience (subject to higher education providers course entry requirements).


Occupational titles suited to our choice of electives may include:

  • Child Care Worker 

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be over 18 years of age
  • Year 11 certificate or equivalent; OR
  • Holders of an AQF qualification level III and above OR
  • Applicants with no formal qualification and have experience within the industry may also be considered.


English proficiency:

  • Score of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent English proficiency,
  • Copy of any international English test results (e.g.IELTS/TOEFL/PTE); OR
  • proof that the student has successfully completed an English Language course with an Australian educational institution exiting at an Upper Intermediate level; OR
  • statement from an educational institution or similar evidence that confirms that English was the language of instruction if at least five years' studies completed in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or Republic of Ireland; OR
  • confirmation that the student has successfully completed in Australia in the English language either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or studies at the Certificate IV or higher level


Please note: All students must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Test (LLN) during orientation. Students who do not complete an LLN during orientation will be required to complete one before the course commences to ensure the program's suitability and assist AIPT in identifying any additional support needed during their study.