CHC30121 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Qualification: CHC30121 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Qualification CRICOS Code: 108244E

Qualification Status: Current

AQF Level: 3

Entry Requirement:

There is no pre-requisites or specific entry requirement for this qualification. This course is available to all international students and Penfold College requires that students are able to provide evidence that they:

  • Have demonstrated an IELTS level at a score of at least 6.0 or equivalent or demonstration of successful completion of at least General English at Advanced level or English for Academic Purposes at Advanced level.
  • Successfully meets the requirements and satisfies the criteria of Genuine Student Test.
  • Must have sound digital literacy and access to working internet and access to working PC or laptop with a configuration suitable to meet study requirements. Please seek your trainer/assessor assistance in this regard.
  • Have a suitable level of language, literacy and numeracy to complete course requirements with or without additional support that the CRICOS provider is able to provide.
  • Are at least at age of 18 on the date of course commencement. 
  • Have successfully completed Australian year 12 or equivalent OR minimum of 2 years of industry experience OR be of mature age with sound literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Student must obtain a valid Working with Children Check and a AFP National Police Check certificate with no criminal records reported/recorded. These documents are to be obtained by students at their own cost.

Please Note:

  1. All the students commencing this course are required to complete the LLN test on the orientation day to assist the Penfold College. to identify student’s needs for additional support during their study with the Penfold College.
  2. If the student is opting ELICOS packaged with any vocational course, the student is required to demonstrate IELTS of 5.0 or equivalent.

Total Core Units: 15

Total Electives Units: 3

Mode of Delivery: Face to face (Classroom based) / Flexible learning (Covid-19) 20 hours per week.

Work placement: Minimum of 120 hours in an approved childcare centre/facility

Location of course: Level 3, 123 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Course Fees:

Total Course Fee: AUD 14,750

Tuition Fee: AUD 14,000

Material Fee: AUD 500

Application Fee: AUD 250 (non-refundable)

Total Course Duration: 52 weeks, including 44 study weeks and 8 weeks of holidays.


Pathways for Students

Participants are provided with advice on employment and training options throughout the delivery of the program.

Training Pathway

Students who satisfactorily complete the Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care could continue their studies in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care because number of the same units are in both qualifications, learners would receive credit for the relevant units in the Diploma. Students could also enrol in a degree program in Child Care and may be eligible for advanced standing depending on the individual Higher Education provider’s policies

Employment Pathway

Students who satisfactorily complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will be able to find employment as room leaders in a childcare centre, with the ability to progress to childcare centre directors for those who exhibit strong leadership and management skills or Early Childhood Educator or Family Day Care worker or Childhood Educator Assistant.

Course Structure:

A total of 18 Units (15 Core and 3 electives) must be completed and deemed competent to achieve the qualification CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Participants who achieve competency in any unit/s will receive a Statement of Attainment (provided USI is verified) for that unit/s without completing all 18 units in the qualification. Students completing all the required units of competency will attain full qualification.

Unit of Competency Core / Elective
Cluster 1 CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development Elective
Cluster 2 CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
CHCDIV002 Promote aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
Cluster 3 HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
Cluster 4 HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
CHCPRT003 Work Collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children and young people Elective
Cluster 5 CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
Cluster 6 CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice Core
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning Core
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood Core
Cluster 7 CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people Elective

Assessment Methodology

Assessment methods used for this qualification are varied and will provide a range of ways for individuals to demonstrate that they have met the required outcomes. Assessment methods may include:

  • Research
  • Case Study
  • Portfolio
  • Projects
  • Workplace reflection
  • Supervisor report
  • Role plays/observations

At the beginning of each unit, your trainer and assessor will outline the assessment tasks that must be completed.

Facilities and Resources

Your classes will be conducted in modern classrooms and you will be able to access Wi-Fi. There are also areas for you to relax, as well as conduct additional study.

You will be provided with a Student Guide relevant to each unit in your course. Recommended textbooks are also available onsite for you to use and borrow if you wish. You may also purchase these textbooks if you require.

The recommended textbook for this course is:

The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III, Second Edition l Walker, Miller Mcgraw-Hill Higher Education – Australia & New Zealand

Course Progress Policy

Penfold College will monitor, records and assesses the course progress of each student for the course in which the student is enrolled. Course Progress Policy defines the requirements for student satisfactory course progress, the processes for monitoring, recording and assessing the student course progress and the processes for the Penfold College intervention strategies for identifying and assisting students to achieve satisfactory course progress. The procedure sets out the processes for reporting student unsatisfactory course progress on PRISMS according to ESOS Act Section 19.

Penfold College assess student’s progress at the end of each compulsory Term. The Term is 11 weeks long for all qualifications on CRICOS scope. While every attempt would be made to keep consistency in term weeks, however number of weeks in the defined term may also factor in the duration and the completion of units of competency, which enable Penfold College to determine student participation and course progress in any given successfully completed term. One Term is considered the minimum length of time in which it is reasonable for the Administration Manager to make an assessment of a student’s course progress.

  • Satisfactory course progress is achieved where a student successfully completes at least 50% of course requirements in a successfully completed Term.
  • Unsatisfactory progress is defined as not successfully completing or demonstrating competency in more than 50% of the course requirements in a successfully completed Term.
  • Course breach is defined as not successfully completing or demonstrating competency in more than 50% of the course requirements in TWO consecutives successfully completed Terms or NOT responding to intervention meeting invitation within 10 working days from the receiving the invitation.

Penfold College will also monitor overseas student attendance (but would not report, unless otherwise required) in the process of course progress monitoring and reporting. However overseas students must meet their visa obligations regarding attendance, wherever applicable.

You will also be provided with further information about course progress and attendance requirements at your orientation.  For further details, please refer to Course Progress Policy and Procedure.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Credit Transfer (CT)

Penfold College will offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) to all prospective students through the enrolment process. Penfold College has documented policies and procedures for these processes and students are provided details of how to apply for RPL or Credit Transfer through the enrolment process. For further details, please refer to RPL and Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure.

Further Information

For all further details, please refer to International Student Handbook available on for all related policies and procedures and other important information related to international students including Covid-19, living cost, life and study in Melbourne, etc.

Please contact the Administration Manager at or at +61 (3) 9041 8668 for further information.

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