CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care | C&K - childcare and kindergarten

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview

Course Code:



Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview:

This qualification is the minimum requirement for early childhood settings in Australia. Childcare and Early Childhood Education facilities are experiencing a skills shortage which means there is a high demand for qualified workers. The course covers the following areas:

  • Care and nurturing: babies, toddlers, and children
  • Fostering individual development
  • Promoting and facilitating healthy mealtimes
  • Legal and industry requirements
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs
  • Working alongside other educators and teachers
  • Work with family and community.
Course Duration:
  • Full time (12 months) or Part-time (18 months)
Number of Units:
  • 18 (15 core and 3 nominated electives)
  • See Course Fact Sheet for detail list of units

Note: The college does not currently deliver the First Aid competency (HLTAID004 - Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting) to individual students. Individual students will be required to undertake training in HLTAID004 and provide a certified copy of their results to the college for Credit Transfer processing. 

Delivery Mode:
  • Mixed (online with workshops or webinars plus allocated trainer) with practical placement
Formal Entry Requirements:
  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course however you will need language, literacy and numeracy skills at an appropriate level to complete the course.
  • C&K College is not CRICOS registered and cannot enrol students with a subclass 500 student visa.
Other Requirements:
  • You will need to apply for a Blue Card (working with children check) for placement - check if you are eligible here
  • You must have access to a computer with internet, MS Office, PDF reader software and a scanner or mobile with camera capabilities.

2021 Student Fees:

 Student Fee Type

 Per Course

 Per Unit

 Certificate 3 Guarantee (C&K Employee + Concession Fee)



 Certificate 3 Guarantee (Concession Fee)



 Certificate 3 Guarantee (C&K Employee)



 Certificate 3 Guarantee (Non-Concession Fee)



 Full Fee (C&K Employee)



 Full Fee



Note: This course is subsidised by the Queensland Government. Students are required to contribute to the costs of their training through a co-contribution fee.

⇒ See the Student Guide for further details on fees

2021 Traineeship Fees

 Student Fee Type

 Per Course

 Per Unit

 Non-Concession Fee


 $1.60 per nominal hour

 Concession Fee


 $0.64 per nominal hour

 Fee Free Traineeship < 25 yrs 

 $0  $0

** Fees are dependent on electives studied

Note: This course is subsidised by the Queensland Government. Students are required to contribute to the costs of their training through a co-contribution fee. In some cases, the employer may pay the traineeship co-contribution fee on behalf of the student.

⇒ See the Student Guide for further details on fees

Fee Concessions

Fee concessions may apply to government-funded courses for eligible students. To be eligible for the concession fee, you must be eligible to access subsidised training (e.g. Certificate 3 Guarantee), as well as meet one of the following criteria:

  • hold a valid Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law
  • be named on the card as a partner or dependent of someone holding a valid Concession Card
  • be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Please note: Proof of eligibility for concession must be demonstrated prior to the commencement of training.

Payment options:
  • Fees are payable upfront or by payment plan (weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments)
  • McGraw Hill Textbook
  • Dr. Kaylene Henderson Raising Good Kids Online Course
  • Nutrition Australia Qld LEAPS (Learning, Eating, Active Play, Sleep) online training
  • Early Years online series covering Inclusion, Governance, Disability support and Transdisciplinary practice.
  • Students will need to undertake the required First Aid course (HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting) and provide a copy of the Statement of Attainment to the College for the Credit Transfer process.
Assessment Methods:

The assessment methods used in this course include:

  • Written tasks, questions, case studies, activities, scenarios and workplace projects
Work Placement:

Students completing a Certificate III qualification who do not work in a regulated care service must complete at least 120 hours of unpaid vocational placement. This practical component allows students to put their learning into practice. You are required to work across all age groups (including at least 30hrs of work placement with children under 2 years of age). Students participating in vocational placement will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and receive a positive notice and blue card.

Employment Opportunities:

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care provides the following employment opportunities:

  • Assistant Educator - long daycare, childcare centres, occasional care
  • Assistant Educator - Kindergarten or preschool program
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • In-Home Care Provider
  • Nanny
Study Pathways:

On completion of this qualification, you can gain credit (11 to 13 units) into CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Further Information:


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Funding Information


Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee helps support Queensland residents to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification. Students will no longer be eligible for a government-subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee once they complete this qualification. Read more

User Choice (apprenticeship and traineeship funding)

The User Choice program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. C&K College of Early Childhood Education is an approved Skills Assure Supplier. Read more

Fee Apprenticeships for Under 25s

​The Free apprenticeships for under 25s program will cover the cost of training for apprentices or trainees. You must commence, or be undertaking, your training between 1 January 2021 and 30 September 2022. Read more

Fee for Service

Fees for self-funded students. The Fee for Service is applied when a student is not eligible for subsidies, government loans or where no subsidies are available.