Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (online)

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (online)

Self-paced learning delivered using interactive eLearning content. Learning is complemented with regular webinars with our trainers and additional study support sessions.

Job prospects

+ Childcare Worker

+ Family Day Carer

+ Child Carer

+ Childcare Assistant


+ Duration: 12 months

+ Work placement: 160 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Please click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

Supported Distance Learning (Online, self paced)

Satisfied with training

  • 92.4% Satisfied with training

Percentage of graduates of this course who were satisfied with the training.

Improved work status

  • 74.4% Improved work status

Percentage of graduates of this course who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay.

Average weekly pay

  • $953 weekly pay

Average weekly pay for a Child Carer. You usually need a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to work as a Child Carer.

 The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care provides you with the understanding and skills to support the wellbeing, learning and development of young children. Self-paced learning delivered using interactive eLearning content. Learning is complemented with regular webinars with our trainers and additional study support sessions. 


National code: CHC30121

Units: 15 core + 2 elective

Location: This program is delivered self-paced online. 

Work placement: 160 hours

Total duration: 52 weeks

Delivery weeks: 48 weeks

Holiday weeks: 4 weeks

Government funded: $200* (click here to see if you qualify for funding)

Self-funded: $6,428

Textbooks: $110^

*This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies.

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 Domestic Student Handbook.

^Students can decide whether they wish to purchase soft copy or hard copy textbooks.

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. 



You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age.

All candidates require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE administration staff permission to apply on your behalf.

Industry requirements

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

  • National Police Background Check 

  • Working with Children Check 

  • Flu or COVID-19 vaccinations 

  • First Aid Certificate 


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.

This program is delivered via self-paced learning using supported e-Learning resources. This learning is complemented with webinars from our trainers and additional study support. 

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. 

Students complete 160 hours of work placement in 2 blocks of 80 hours. The MCIE Work Placement Coordinator will help to place students with a service.

Core Units

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

CHCECE031 Support children’s 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

CHCECE056 Work effectively in children’s education and care

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

CHCECE030 Support inclusion and diversity

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

Elective Units

BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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