Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

A Brief Description

CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 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.

Qualification Overview

Horizon2 is a specialist training provider with a training team of experienced community service professionals. Through this team of industry professionals you have the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification — CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Successful candidates will need to complete 17 units of competency comprising 15 mandatory core and 2 elective units. Elective units have been chosen to meet industry requirements.

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Core Units

CHCECE030 – Support inclusion and diversity 
CHCECE031 – Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing 
CHCECE032 Nuture babies and toddlers 
CHCECE033 – Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE034 – Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 
CHCECE035Support the holistic learning and development of children 
CHCECE036 – Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE037Support children to connect with the natural environment 
CHCECE038Observe children to inform practice 
CHCECE054 – Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures 
CHCECE055 – Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care 
CHCECE056 – Work effectively in children’s education and care 
CHCPRT001Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 
HLTWHS001 -Participate in workplace health and safety 
HLTAID012 – Provide First Aid in an education and care setting 

Elective Units

CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people 
BSBSUS411 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 


You will be asked to complete 17 subjects via online learning. You may also apply for Recognition of Prior Learning if you believe you already have the knowledge and skills relevant to a particular unit or units. An RPL application must be submitted at the time of enrolment and the onus is on the student to provide sufficient, current, valid and authentic evidence against each of the units. Where there are gaps in your evidence, a professional conversation with your assessor may provide additional evidence. Your assessor may also ask you to provide further evidence to substantiate your claim of competency in a particular unit/s.

Where gaps in evidence remain – that is that you cannot be considered competent on the evidence provided, gap training will be made available to you. For gap training, you will be provided with workbooks and given assessments to complete. It is possible that gap training might include practical assessments.


This is a self-paced program so the time to complete depends on the rate of submission. It is anticipated the process will take up to 1 year and is mostly dependent on you completing the assessment so that your assessor can review it. We will move at your pace and support you to set achievable goals



  • Childcare worker
  • Nanny
  • Out of school hours care worker
  • Family daycare worker
  • Mobile assistant
  • Playgroup supervisor
  • Childhood educator assistance

Note: Some roles may require a Minimum Qualification level. Candidates will receive support from an allocated trainer throughout their training. Candidates will be provided with direct contact details for their trainer.


There are no mandated entry requirements for the program.


The qualification involves a mandatory 160 hour Vocational Placement. Horizon2 may be able to assist you to identify and negotiate an appropriate placement. If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practicing your skills in the workplace. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete a minimum of 160 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification


As you will be working with client groups who are vulnerable and at risk, you will almost certainly require police checks and working with children checks/disability checks. 

A National Police Check certificate will list any court outcomes that can be disclosed, along with pending charges. This includes any interstate matters. The certificate won’t include any restricted court outcomes, such as certain juvenile convictions. 

If you have a previous conviction, please discuss this with your course consultant to determine if it will impact your ability to secure volunteer work in the community services industry.  


We understand that times can be tough, so we offer payment plans that can be negotiated with you via Pay Advantage or you can use HUMM EZIPAY. Applicants of a Pay Advantage payment plan will only receive certification when program payment is made in full. 

You can talk to a member of the enrolments team about your particular circumstances at any time. Just call 1300 889 564 or send us an enquiry. We are here to help and can devise an alternative payment plan for you, if required. We will not ask you to pay any more than $1500 in advance of any service provided.


Queensland (QLD) Funding:
Eligible applicants may apply to study this qualification under Queensland Skills Assure funding. To be eligible for the special pricing associated with this funding, students must meet the eligibility criteria.
You can read more about the funding we have available in QLD and courses that we are currently funded for on our QLD Funding page.

This qualification can be undertaken via a QLD User Choice traineeship. Trainees eligible under Queensland state funding requirements
will be charged a set fee per nominal hour. These fees are calculated at a regulated rate of $1.60 per nominal hour.

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