Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Traineeship)

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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Traineeship)

Do you want to work in Child Care? 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: 12-24 months

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

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

How can I study?

This qualification is delivered as a Traineeship. It is also available via blended training delivery.

National code: CHC30121

Units: 15 core + 2 elective

Location: Delivered primarily in the workplace

Program delivery: Traineeship

Work placement: 160 hours

Total duration: 52 weeks

Delivery weeks: 48 weeks

Holiday weeks: 4 weeks

Government funded traineeship: $250* / COncession: $50

Self-funded: $5,000

Textbooks and T-Shirt: $190^

*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.


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.


This program is delivered in the workplace with approximately 6 hours of structured workplace training per month.

This program is also available as blended training for domestic (local) students.



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.

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.

Traineeship enquiry

Start a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Werribee Campus. Situated in the heart of the Melbourne suburb Werribee, the MCIE campus is located at the end of Watton Street, near the local Woolworths and Bunnings stores. Just 32km south of the city CBD, the Werribee campus is a three-minute walk from public transport services, including the Werribee train station and Duncans Road bus stop. The campus is also accessible by car, but do keep in mind that street parking is limited in the area.

Werribee Campus Map

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.

Melbourne City Campus Map

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