Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

Out of School Hours Care offers a fantastic career path for anyone interested in working with school-aged children development and care.

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36 Weeks
CHC40113 - DC5401
This course is eligible for the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG)

Certificate IV in School Age Education & Care

  • National Code: CHC40113
  • Units: 19 units (15 core & 4 electives)
  • Location: Level 5, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 & MCIE Werribee Suite 7, Level 1, 3-9 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC, 3030
  • Delivery Mode: Classroom
  • Work placement: 120 hours in regulated care services
  • Duration: 36 weeks (may include 5 weeks summer holidays)
  • Assessment: Students must successfully complete all assessment activities including written assessment, scenario, roleplay, portfolio, workplace-based tasks and assessor observations.
  • Prior experience: if you have previously worked in Out of Hours School Care or studied School Age Education and Care, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer
  • Enrolment Fee: $200 for individuals eligible for course funding support from State and Commonwealth Governments. The Full Fee is listed below.


Career Opportunities

A nationally recognised qualification in School Age Education and Care is about gaining the skills and knowledge to work with young students Outside of School Hours Care (OHSC) and in vacation care programs. You could become…

  • OSHC coordinator
  • OSHC assistant
  • OSHC supervisor
  • structured play leader
  • program leader
  • vacation care supervisor


Domestic Pricing

Government Funded* Traineeship^ Full Fee
$200 N/A $6,700
Textbook Cost
Textbook (MCIE will provide a hard copy after payment) $100

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges.  For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding, to eligible candidates.
* Eligibility criteria applies. 
^Eligibility criteria apply. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding. 



There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.


Entry Requirements

Education/Core Skills
Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate IV level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course. Refer to MCIE’s website for details.

Age at Commencement
It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.

Special Needs
MCIE welcomes people with disabilities to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.

Evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residency is required. All participants 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’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Prior Experience

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) are available. Fees apply. Please see our website for more information on fees and terms and conditions.
Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or MCIE’s website for more information.


Work Placement Support

MCIE Work-placement Officers will facilitate the work placement of students into an early childhood education and care service.


Industry Requirements

Candidates are required to provide evidence of the following for work placement:

  • Working with Children Check


Course Outline

Successful completion of this course requires students to complete 19 units of competency in total (15 core units plus 4 elective units). The course is delivered over 36 weeks with 7.5 class hours per week plus 120 hours work placement.

Course Units

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence

CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children

CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCSAC001 Support children to participate in school age care

CHCSAC002 Develop and implement play and leisure experiences in school age care

CHCSAC003 Work collaboratively and respectfully with children in school age care

CHCSAC004 Support the holistic development of children in school age care

CHCECE006 Support behaviour of children and young people

CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice

CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations

Course Location

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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Level 5, 250 Collins St Melbourne 3000   View map

A nationally recognised qualification in School Age Education and Care is about gaining the skills and knowledge to work with young students Outside of School Hours Care (OHSC) and in vacation care programs.

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