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

+ Child Development Worker

+ Children’s Service Coordinator

+ Group Coordinator

+ Early Childhood Centre Manager

+ Children’s Adviser

+ Early Childhood Educator


+ Duration: 52 Weeks

+ Work placement: 160 hours

Local students No

International students Yes

How can I study?

This course is available on campus and virtually. Call us to discuss your study options.

  • National Code: CHC30121

  • CRICOS Code: 107917K

  • Units: 15 core + 2 electives

  • Location: Level 9, 250 Collins St, Melbourne, 3000

  • Duration: 52 weeks + 6 weeks summer holiday

  • Delivery Mode: Classroom: 2.5 days per week (15 hours classroom delivery & approximately 5 hours online learning per week)

  • Work placement: 160 hours at various locations

  • Assessment: Students must successfully complete all assessment activities including written assessment, scenario, roleplay, portfolio, workplace-based tasks and assessor observations.

  • Prior Experience: Recognition of Prior Learning & Credit Transfer are available

  • Tuition Fee: $10,000

  • Materials Fee: $300 (includes MCIE Training shirt)

  • Administration Fee: $200

  • RPL Application Fees: $145 per hour

The qualification meets the requirements of the Early Childhood Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. You could become a…

  • Child Development Worker

  • Children’s Service Coordinator

  • Group Coordinator

  • Early Childhood Centre Manager

  • Children’s Adviser

  • Early Childhood Educator

There are no pre-requisite units for this qualification.

An English Language proficiency level of one of the below:

  • IELTS band score of 5.5 or equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with DHA regulations or

  • satisfactorily completing ELICOS at Upper Intermediate level from a NEAS endorsed English Training Centre or

  • completion of secondary studies equivalent or
    higher to an Australian Year 11 qualification from an English-speaking country or

  • completion of MCIE English Placement Test with an overall score of 5.5 or above

  • other tests like PTE, TOEFL and OET are also
    considered equivalent for direct entry into MCIE VET courses


Other entry requirements include:

Academic: Completion of senior high school or equivalent to the Australian Year 11 of education

Regulatory: A current and valid passport, A valid study visa that covers the duration of study for the course

Age at Commencement: MCIE will not accept overseas students who would be under 18 years of age at the time of proposed commencement

Special Consideration: Students who have completed one year of study in Australia (Cert III, AQF Qualification or above) are exempt from submitting Year 11 qualification or equivalent + IELTS results

Students require a laptop or tablet and will be given access to the MCIE office suite with their MCIE student account for the term of their enrolment.

Classroom Training
Training is delivered ‘face to face’ by qualified trainers and students are required to attend each scheduled class. The trainer will moderate the learning pace, method and sequence appropriate to the learning needs.
Learning methods will vary and can include case study scenarios, field trips, ‘hands-on’ practical classes, role-play techniques, discussions, presentations and assignments.


Assessment tasks and strategies cover a wide range of methods and may include the creation of specific written documents, projects or reports, formal questions (multiple choice, short and long answer), practical demonstrations, small or large group tasks, oral presentations, problem-solving tasks, case studies and discussions.
Broadly classroom assessments have two or three assessment tasks for each unit of competency or module.
As a general rule for major assessments, students are provided with task assessment instructions including the date the task is due for completion.

The work placement requirement of this qualification is 160 hours.
MCIE will organise your work-placement with one of our host employers.

It is a requirement that students obtain the following documents prior to commencing practical placement.

  • Police Check (at applicant expense – cost between $30 and $50 AUD)

  • Working with Children Check (minimum level required ‘voluntary’ which is at no cost)

  • Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations may be an individual employer requirement

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) are available. Please click here for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

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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