This information is for international students. If you are domestic, click here
This information is for international students. If you are domestic, click here

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (International)

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (International)

The recognised entry level qualification into early childhood education in Australia, this certificate course will teach you how to best support the emotional, physical, social and psychological development of infants from birth until eight years in a childcare environment.

Job prospects

+ Childcare Worker

+ Family Day Carer

+ Child Carer

+ Childcare Assistant


+ Duration: 12 months

+ Work placement: 120 hours

Local students No

International students Yes

How can I study?

This course is available to international students as a blended program both in-person and online. Call us to discuss your study options.

National code: CHC30121

CRICOS code: 107917K

Units: 15 core + 2 elective

Location: MCIE City Campus, Level 8 & 9, 234 – 250 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Program delivery: Blended training (15 hours classroom delivery and 5 hours online per week)

Work placement: 120 hours

Total duration: 12 months

Holiday weeks: 12 weeks

Tuition fee: $10,000

Materials fee: $300 (includes MCIE T-Shirt)

Administration fee: $200

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the International Student Handbook.

Job titles may include:

  • Childcare Worker

  • Family Day Carer

  • Child Carer

  • Childcare Assistant


Workforce demand

According to the Victorian Skills Authority, there were 31,021 Child Carers employed in Victoria in 2022, with 2,734 workers required by 2025.

The National Skills Commission indicates:

  • There are currently 136,100 Child Carers employed in Australia

  • Future growth for this role is at nearly 6%

  • Weekly earnings for Child Carers are around $1,059

  • 47% of Child Carers work full-time

  • 95% of Child Carers are women, with an average age of 33.


There are no prerequisite qualifications required to enter this program.


Education and skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, and demonstrate they are a suitable candidate for this program.


English Language requirements

Candidates must meet one of the following English Language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS band score of 5.5, or an equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with Department of Home Affairs (DHA) regulations

  • Satisfactory completion of an ELICOS program at Upper-intermediate level from Explore English, or other NEAS endorsed English language centre

  • Certificate of completion equivalent to, or higher than, an Australian Year 11 qualification from an English-speaking country

  • Completion of MCIE’s English Placement Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 5.5, or above

  • Other English language proficiency tests, such as TOEFL and OET, will also be considered.

Candidates who have completed 1 year of study in Australia in English within the past 2 years at Certificate IV or AQF level 4 and above are exempt from submitting Australian Year 11 completion certificate or equivalent and Evidence of English Proficiency.



MCIE only accepts international students who will be 18 years of age by the time of course commencement.

To begin your training at MCIE, you will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI is a personal reference that creates a secure online record of your VET training. It is managed by the Australian Government and is kept for up to 30 years.

It can be accessed anywhere, anytime. When you arrive in Australia, your visa will be activated and you can then apply for a USI. It is free to create a USI. You need a USI to receive your qualification, or statement of attainment. For further information visit


Students with disabilities

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this program is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all program requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustments where applicable.


Digital technology

Students must have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal and the learning management system.


Industry requirements

Candidates may be asked to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):

  • National Police Check

  • Working with Children Check

  • Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations


Prior experience

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.

Blended classroom training
This program is delivered through a blend of face-to-face classes on MCIE campus and online learning for a total of 20 hours per week.


Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, multiple choice quizzes, group tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, case studies, work placement journals, logbooks, portfolios and projects. Most assessments are delivered online via the Canvas LMS.


Required equipment

We recommend that students have access to a laptop or tablet to submit their assessments. MCIE provides access to Microsoft Office.


Work placement

Students must complete 160 mandatory placement hours for the work-based training component of this program. The MCIE Work Placement Coordinator will organise your placement with one of our host employers.

Core Units

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 

CHCECE031 Support children’s physical health, safety and wellbeing 

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 

HLTAID012 Provide First Aid in an education and care setting 

CHCECE035 Support the holistic learning and development of children 

CHCECE033 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 

CHCECE032 Nurture babies and toddlers 

CHCECE038 Observe children to inform practice 

CHCECE034 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 

CHCECE036 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning 

CHCECE037 Support children to connect with the natural environment 

CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity

CHCECE054 Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples cultures 

CHCCECO56 Work effectively in children’s education and care 

CHCECE055 Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care 

Elective Units

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities and development

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

Study a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Melbourne CBD Campus. Just an 8-minute walk to the stunning Alexandra Gardens – The perfect place to study or relax after a class. Getting to the Melbourne CBD campus is even easier with the Flinders Street Railway Station just 5 minutes down the block.

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