Certificate III In Early Childhood Education And Care

Course Code: CHC30113
Study Area:
Community Services

  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers

This course will provide students with a Nationally recognised qualification for employment in a range of early learning settings, caring for children aged up to 12 years.

Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:

  • Family day care worker
  • Preschool worker
  • Employment in after school care
  • Employment in early learning centres (long day care)

  • Individual interview
  • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Working with Children Check
  • Victorian Police Check
  • Minimum age is 17 years and 11 months at the time of course start date.

Students attending placement in early childhood services are no longer mandated to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend placement. While no longer mandated, individual services will be guided by their individual policies and procedures in relation to vaccination requirements for staff and students. Students who are attending an early childhood service for placement purposes will need to comply with the policies and procedures of their host service.

If you are enrolling in this course as a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

Course overview

Start Date: 3rd of August 2022

End Date: July 2023

Note: Trainee intakes have rolling enrolments (enrol any time).

This is a full-time course delivered 2 to 3 days per week with a mixture of on campus and online delivery over 9 months.

The traineeship option is delivered off campus for a duration of 12 months with rolling enrolments (enrol any time).

Classes are delivered with a mix of on-campus and online delivery. Traineeship is delivered at workplace.

Practical Placement is a mandatory component of this course. Bendigo TAFE will make efforts to secure an appropriate placement.

If you are enrolling in this course as a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Governments FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the tuition fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Normally a Skills Firststudent is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enrol even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer. You may be able to get an exemption if you dont meet the upskilling requirement.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Assessment on language, literacy and numeracy (LLN), and communication skills to undertake the course.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed throughout the course, these are listed below. These assessments are designed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required in order to achieve this qualification. Your teacher will provide you information on how you will be assessed for each unit. We use a online Learning Platform to communicate to students, distribute learning materials and assessment. Your assessment will be required to be submitted using our Online Platform also

  • Assignment
  • RPL
  • Practical Assessment
  • Observation
  • Knowledge Test

There is the opportunity for re-assessment and appeal, which you can discus with your teacher.

Learning options
  • Blended
  • Off campus
  • Online
  • Traineeship

Key study areas
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Legal and ethical requirements
  • Provide care to babies
  • Healthy eating
  • Cultural competency
  • Workplace health and safety

Further study opportunities
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Education specialising in primary or early childhood
  • Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma courses


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
To check your eligibility click here.
Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,075.80
Concession - average total course fee*$615.16
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,783.13
B.   Materials average fee**$210.80
C.   Consumables average fee**$82.50
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$2,926.30
Concession - average total course fee*$585.26
Full fee - average total course fee*$7,387.38
B.   Materials average fee**$162.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$40.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

This page was last updated on 1/07/2022 11:02 AM