Certificate III – Get Early Childhood Education and Care Certificate



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.


Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

Entry requirements: Prospective students are required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and a Pre-Training Interview, administered by and to the satisfaction of ITHEA and be at least 18 years of age. You must have good word processing and email skills as well as the ability to download and upload documents and information. Please see our Online Service Standards.

Vocational outcomes: Students can go into a range of employment or further study options, including CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Occupations may include, Childhood Educator Assistant, Outside School Hours Aide, Preschool Assistant.


Job outlook: Community and Personal Service Workers is the broad occupation category.

Delivery and assessment: We offer students the flexibility of choosing between online learning or classroom delivery. All students will be enrolled into our Learning Management System and all assessments must be completed online. As a result, all students will require a personal computer, with access to the Internet, to successfully complete their studies. Assessment methods allow for the gathering of sufficient quality evidence about the student’s performance. Methods used include question and answer, observation and demonstration, case study and first aid test.


Note: Online Learners will need to complete the First Aid unit in a classroom setting.


Practical placement: To achieve this qualification, the individual must have completed a total of least 160 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. The total number of hours may be applied collectively across all units of competency that include the requirement for workplace hours. Evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate’s ability to work at this level. Students are required to find their own practical placement, however ITHEA will provide assistance and support where needed. Students must have a valid Working With Children Check prior to attending placement.


Core Unit

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
CHCECE030Support inclusion and diversity63
Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing160
CHCECE032Nurture babies and toddlers108
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children100
CHCECE034Use an approved learning framework to guide practice80
CHCECE035Support the holistic learning and development of children100
CHCECE036Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning75
Support children to connect with the natural environment50
CHCECE038Observe children to inform practice40
CHCECE054Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures55
CHCECE055Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care60
CHCECE056Work effectively in children’s education and care65
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk40
HLTAID012Provide First Aid in an education and care setting22
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety20


Elective Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
BSBWRT311Write simple documents30
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice120


This Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. Eligibility criteria apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.


1. You must attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Skills First Program Funding).

2. To complete the application process, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.

3. ITHEA will assess your application and make sure all entry requirements are met. An ITHEA representative will contact you if your application is unsuccessful.


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.


  • Skills First Funding


  • Non Apprentice/Trainee
  • Trainee


15 months




Melbourne CBD 3000 – Thu Fri


Traineeship, in class or online


160 hrs


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.