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CHC30121 - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

If you thrive in giving the next generation the best possible start, then look at completing a qualification in early childhood education and care. This course is included in the Australian and Queensland Government’s Fee Free TAFE program.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

Mixed Mode, On-campus, RPL/RCC/Credit

DURATION

There are multiple durations. Please refer to the Course Structure below.

AVAILABILITY

Mixed Mode, Rockhampton

UNITS/CREDITS

17 units

JOB PROSPECTS

CHC30121 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care is a pre-requisite to the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.  Students can further their study opportunities with unit credits towards other qualifications within CQUniversity. Occupations include but are not limited to Early Childhood Educator in long day care services, family daycare, in-home care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

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 and within organisational policies and procedures, within the requirements of the Education and Care National Quality Framework. Attaining the required skills and knowledge of an Early Childhood educator provides you with an understanding of how to engage children in play-based learning activities, that contribute to reaching individual children's developmental milestones.

To achieve this qualification, students must have completed a total of at least 160 hours of work in a regulated children's education and care service in Australia.  The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours.

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

For information on course structure and duration please visit the CQU Handbook website.

ON CAMPUS

2023 FebruaryOn-campus, Rockhampton
2023 AprilOn-campus, Rockhampton
2023 JuneOn-campus, Rockhampton
2023 JulyOn-campus, Rockhampton
2023 AugustOn-campus, Rockhampton
2023 OctoberOn-campus, Rockhampton

START TAFE NOW (STN) MIXED MODE

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2023 OctoberSTART TAFE NOW (STN) MIXED MODE Available
2023 NovemberSTART TAFE NOW (STN) MIXED MODE Available

START TAFE NOW (STN) - ON CAMPUS

2023 FebruaryOn-campus, Rockhampton
2023 MarchOn-campus, Rockhampton

MIXED MODE

2023 JanuaryMIXED MODE Available
2023 FebruaryMIXED MODE Available
2023 MarchMIXED MODE Available
2023 AprilMIXED MODE Available
2023 MayMIXED MODE Available
2023 JuneMIXED MODE Available
2023 JulyMIXED MODE Available
2023 AugustMIXED MODE Available
2023 SeptemberMIXED MODE Available
2023 OctoberMIXED MODE Available
2023 NovemberMIXED MODE Available

The course is organised to reflect the learning and work activities that take place within a regulated education and care service, with a mandatory work placement of 160 hours.

Within this time allocation, students can demonstrate the required vocational placement tasks and skills for other units as required for the qualification.

Students may be required to complete additional hours of Vocational Placement, to what is listed on the training package, to achieve this qualification, which is inclusive of the 160 hours required for units CHCECE031, CHCECE032, CHCECE035 and CHCECE036.

Units CHCECE031, CHCECE032, CHCECE035 and CHCECE036 have mandatory work placement of 160 hours for each unit. To assist students to meet this requirement we have clustered these units, as the total number of 160 hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirements of workplace hours within this qualification.

This course has no residential schools.

CQUniversity requires: completion of bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher-level course.

The requirement to complete vocational placement component for the duration of the qualification of 160 hours in a regulated children's education and care service in Australia.

The requirement to successfully obtain a Working With Children Check relevant to your state in Australia.

Access to a computer, Internet and intermediate computer skills. 24 hour CQUniversity computer labs are available on selected campuses.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

COVID-19 vaccination is no longer a mandatory requirement for workers in early childhood, primary and secondary education settings. Decisions on mandatory vaccinations will instead be made by the owner or operator of these settings and as such students undertaking work-integrated learning will need to adhere to the individual education setting requirements.

CHC30121 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care is a pre-requisite to the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.  Students can further their study opportunities with unit credits towards other qualifications within CQUniversity.

Occupations include but are not limited to Early Childhood Educator in long day care services, family daycare, in-home care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
Fee for service$4,862.00 (2023)
Subsidised full fee$1,309.00 (2023)
Subsidised concession fee$833.00 (2023)
Fee for service per unit$286.00 (2023)
Subsidised full fee per unit$77.00 (2023)
Subsidised concession fee per unit$49.00 (2023)
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$36.70 (2023)

Queensland Government subsidies are available for eligible applicants to greatly reduce the cost of apprentice and trainee training.

User Choice funding provides a contribution that reduces the cost of training. Eligible apprentices and trainees will be charged $1.60 per nominal hour. Concession rates apply for students who hold a current Health Care Card or who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Free apprenticeships for under 25s will cover the cost of training for employers who commence an eligible new apprentice or trainee, or already have an existing apprentice or trainee aged under 25. Find out more.

For further information please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure, please call us on 13 27 86.

This is a Fee Free TAFE course thanks to the Australian and Queensland Governments. Eligibility criteria applies.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

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In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A UNI THAT LEADS IN ONLINE EDUCATION
A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

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CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

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You’ve made an excellent choice. Now that you have decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we are here to assist you every step of the way.

Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one. International students can apply for a USI once in Australia.

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